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Systematic Review of Adverse Effects: A Further Step towards Modernization of Acupuncture in China.

Wu J, Hu Y, Zhu Y, Yin P, Litscher G, Xu S - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2015)

Bottom Line: All first-hand case reports of acupuncture-related complications and adverse events that could be identified in the scientific literature were reviewed and classified according to the type of complication and adverse event, circumstance of the event, and long-term patient outcome.Over the 33 years, 182 incidents were identified in 133 relevant papers.Adverse effects also included syncope, infections, hemorrhage, allergy, burn, aphonia, hysteria, cough, thirst, fever, somnolence, and broken needles.

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Affiliation: Acupuncture Department, Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200071, China.

ABSTRACT
As a further step towards the modernization of acupuncture, the objective of this review was to figure out the frequency and severity of adverse complications and events in acupuncture treatment reported from 1980 to 2013 in China. All first-hand case reports of acupuncture-related complications and adverse events that could be identified in the scientific literature were reviewed and classified according to the type of complication and adverse event, circumstance of the event, and long-term patient outcome. The selected case reports were published between 1980 and 2013 in 3 databases. Relevant papers were collected and analyzed by 2 reviewers. Over the 33 years, 182 incidents were identified in 133 relevant papers. Internal organ, tissue, or nerve injury is the main complications of acupuncture especially for pneumothorax and central nervous system injury. Adverse effects also included syncope, infections, hemorrhage, allergy, burn, aphonia, hysteria, cough, thirst, fever, somnolence, and broken needles. Qualifying training of acupuncturists should be systemized and the clinical acupuncture operations should be standardized in order to effectively prevent the occurrence of acupuncture accidents, enhance the influence of acupuncture, and further popularize acupuncture to the rest of the world.

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Distribution of cases of acupuncture-associated complications reported from 1980 to 2013.
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Mentions: However, complications and adverse effects in medical practice always concern the public and the medical profession. Acupuncture has been used for several thousand years in China. Although it has been deemed a safe and reliable therapy, the rare adverse effects and complications should arouse concerns. During the 33 years from 1980 to 2013, about 182 cases of acupuncture-associated complications and adverse effects were reported in China, including 25 fatal cases. The frequency of acupuncture associated complications reported in China appears to be steady over time (see Figure 2).


Systematic Review of Adverse Effects: A Further Step towards Modernization of Acupuncture in China.

Wu J, Hu Y, Zhu Y, Yin P, Litscher G, Xu S - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2015)

Distribution of cases of acupuncture-associated complications reported from 1980 to 2013.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig2: Distribution of cases of acupuncture-associated complications reported from 1980 to 2013.
Mentions: However, complications and adverse effects in medical practice always concern the public and the medical profession. Acupuncture has been used for several thousand years in China. Although it has been deemed a safe and reliable therapy, the rare adverse effects and complications should arouse concerns. During the 33 years from 1980 to 2013, about 182 cases of acupuncture-associated complications and adverse effects were reported in China, including 25 fatal cases. The frequency of acupuncture associated complications reported in China appears to be steady over time (see Figure 2).

Bottom Line: All first-hand case reports of acupuncture-related complications and adverse events that could be identified in the scientific literature were reviewed and classified according to the type of complication and adverse event, circumstance of the event, and long-term patient outcome.Over the 33 years, 182 incidents were identified in 133 relevant papers.Adverse effects also included syncope, infections, hemorrhage, allergy, burn, aphonia, hysteria, cough, thirst, fever, somnolence, and broken needles.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Acupuncture Department, Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200071, China.

ABSTRACT
As a further step towards the modernization of acupuncture, the objective of this review was to figure out the frequency and severity of adverse complications and events in acupuncture treatment reported from 1980 to 2013 in China. All first-hand case reports of acupuncture-related complications and adverse events that could be identified in the scientific literature were reviewed and classified according to the type of complication and adverse event, circumstance of the event, and long-term patient outcome. The selected case reports were published between 1980 and 2013 in 3 databases. Relevant papers were collected and analyzed by 2 reviewers. Over the 33 years, 182 incidents were identified in 133 relevant papers. Internal organ, tissue, or nerve injury is the main complications of acupuncture especially for pneumothorax and central nervous system injury. Adverse effects also included syncope, infections, hemorrhage, allergy, burn, aphonia, hysteria, cough, thirst, fever, somnolence, and broken needles. Qualifying training of acupuncturists should be systemized and the clinical acupuncture operations should be standardized in order to effectively prevent the occurrence of acupuncture accidents, enhance the influence of acupuncture, and further popularize acupuncture to the rest of the world.

No MeSH data available.


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