[Bibliometrics study on indications of acupuncture therapy based on foreign acupuncture clinical trials].

Author: He W, Tong YY, Zhao YK, Rong PJ, Wang HC.
Institute of Medical Informatics, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China. Hewei55@hotmail.com
Conference/Journal: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu.
Date published: 2012 Oct
Other: Volume ID: 37 , Issue ID: 5 , Pages: 428-30 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 164

In the present paper, the authors make a bibliometrics study on clinical indications of acupuncture therapy based on the published foreign articles about acupuncture clinical trials collected from PubMed database and Excerpta Medica database (EMbase). In 1996, 64 acupuncture indications were declared by WHO in Milan conference. But in recent 15 years, clinical trials have been conducted extensively in the foreign countries. Till now, 77 new indications for acupuncture therapy have been found in the foreign journals. The authors recommended that 29 indications (knee osteoarthritis, critique age problems, muscular fasciae ache, anxiety, etc.) should be added to the first class, 4 indications (irritable bowel syndrome, malposition, backache, simple obesity) should be upgraded from the second class to the first class, and the other 3 indications (childbirth pain, male and female barren) should be upgraded from the third class to the first class due to their application frequency in clinical trials. Increase of clinical indications reflects extensive application of acupuncture therapy and may help providing a better service for people's health.
PMID: 23342787