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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

2.2. Infections

Acupuncture has been reported to be effective for treating acute bacillary dysentery (8-10). Its effect is comparable with that of conventional medicines such as furazolidone, but the use of acupuncture in the first line of defence against this disease is not practicable-daily performance of needling procedures is much more complicated than administering oral drug therapy. However, when no antidysenteric agent is available or the patient is allergic to antidysenteric agents, acupuncture may occasionally be used.

The results of research on the effects of acupuncture treatments that stimulate the immune system suggest that acupuncture may be of use in conjunction with other medical therapies for treating infections (84).

The effect of acupuncture on the immune system has been tested in hepatitis B virus carriers. In a comparative study, acupuncture-moxibustion is apparently superior to herbal medications in producing hepatitis B e core antibodies and reducing hepatitis B surface antigen (85). For epidemic haemorrhagic fever, compared with steroid and supportive treatments, moxibustion shortened the period of oliguria and promoted the reduction of kidney swelling (86).

Acupuncture may be useful in treating pertussis (whooping cough), by relieving cough as well as promoting a cure (87).

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