Acupuncture for gouty arthritis: a concise report of a systematic and meta-analysis approach
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Acupuncture for gouty arthritis
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as complementary therapy for gouty arthritis from randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: Five electronic databases, including English and Chinese, were systematically searched until August 2012. All RCTs involving acupuncture in combination with conventional therapy for gouty arthritis were included. RESULTS: Ten RCTs involving 852 gouty arthritis patients were systematically reviewed. Among them six studies of 512 patients reported a significant decrease in uric acid in the treatment group compared with a control group, while two studies of 120 patients reported no significant decrease in uric acid in the treatment group compared with the control group. The remaining four studies of 380 patients reported a significant decrease in visual analogue scale score in the treatment group. CONCLUSION: The results of the studies included here suggest that acupuncture is efficacious as complementary therapy for gouty arthritis patients. More research and well-designed, rigorous and large clinical trials are necessary to address these issues.

Author(s): 
Lee, Won Bock
Woo, Seok Hyeon
Min, Byung-Il
Cho, Seung-Hun
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Rheumatology (Oxford, England)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Rheumatology (Oxford)
Publication Date: 
2013-07
Publication Year: 
2013
Pages: 
1225-1232
Volume: 
52
Issue: 
7
ISSN: 
1462-0332
DOI: 
10.1093/rheumatology/ket013
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 23424263

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Won Bock Lee, Seok Hyeon Woo, Byung-Il Min and Seung-Hun Cho. 2013-07. "Acupuncture for gouty arthritis: a concise report of a systematic and meta-analysis approach." Rheumatology (Oxford, England) 52: 7: 1225-1232. 10.1093/rheumatology/ket013.

Wikipedia Citation

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