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Clinical effectiveness of laser acupuncture: A systematic review

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Baxter, G. David, Bleakley, C and McDonough, Suzanne (2008) Clinical effectiveness of laser acupuncture: A systematic review. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies , 1 (2). pp. 65-82. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The use of laser light as an alternative to needles to stimulate acupuncture pointshas been promoted for almost three decades. However, there has been no systematicassessment of the evidence to support the effectiveness of this form of acupunctureto date. A systematic review was therefore undertaken of RCTs evaluating laseracupuncture as a primary intervention. Relevant studies (n = 18) were identifiedusing computer-based literature searches and selected hand searches. Evidencewas found to support the use of laser acupuncture in the treatment of myofascialpain, postoperative nausea and vomiting and for the relief of chronic tension headache.Laser acupuncture would appear to represent an effective form of acupuncturefor the management of these conditions and could be considered as a viablealternative to more traditional forms of acupuncture point stimulation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Acupuncture, laser, review systematic
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:7601
Deposited By:Dr Chris Bleakley
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 15:17
Last Modified:09 Nov 2012 12:29

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