Biblioteca de los Sistemas de Salud de la OMS
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Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials
(87 pages)

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Ver el documentoAcknowledgements
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoIntroduction
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. General considerations
cerrar esta carpeta2. Review of clinical trial reports
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido2.1. Pain
Ver el documento2.2. Infections
Ver el documento2.3. Neurological disorders
Ver el documento2.4. Respiratory disorders
Ver el documento2.5. Digestive disorders
Ver el documento2.6. Blood disorders
Ver el documento2.7. Urogenital disorders
Ver el documento2.8. Gynaecological and obstetric disorders
Ver el documento2.9. Cardiovascular disorders
Ver el documento2.10. Psychiatric disorders and mental disturbances
Ver el documento2.11. Paediatric disorders
Ver el documento2.12. Disorders of the sense organs
Ver el documento2.13. Skin diseases
Ver el documento2.14. Cancers
Ver el documento2.15. Other reports
Ver el documento3. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture
Ver el documento4. Summary table of controlled clinical trials
Ver el documentoReferences

2.15. Other reports

Obesity and hyperlipaemia are becoming increasingly important medical issues. If acupuncture could help in reducing body weight and blood lipids, its clinical use could be greatly expanded. Quite a number of reports on this effect have been published, but unfortunately, almost none of them is methodologically sound. There are only two preliminary reports of randomized controlled clinical trials that can be cited here (238, 239), although criticism of the study design cannot be totally avoided.

Acupuncture may be of benefit to patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Its efficacy has been shown to be superior to that of placebos and comparable with that of tolbutamide (240, 241).

Anisodamine is effective in treating excessive salivation induced by drugs (usually antipsychotics), but acupuncture seems to be more effective (242).

There are also reports on the treatment of Sjögren syndrome (sicca syndrome) (243), Raynaud syndrome (244), Stein-Leventhal syndrome (polycystic ovary syndrome) (244), and Tietze syndrome (costochondritis) (245), which indicate beneficial effects from acupuncture treatment. Since these reports have appeared only in individual papers, confirmation by further study is necessary.


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