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2021 May 21

BMJ Open



Effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for postherpetic neuralgia: an umbrella review protocol.


Zhao Y, Ling D-Y, Zhang J, Wu Q, Zhang Z-W, Wang Z-Y
BMJ Open. 2021 May 21; 11(5):e043064.
PMID: 34020972.


Several systematic reviews and meta-analysis indicate that acupuncture and related therapies may be a valuable adjunctive technique to pharmacological interventions for pain management of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). However, the robustness of the results of these studies has not been evaluated. The aim of this proposed umbrella review is to provide more reliable evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for PHN based on medical references for healthcare decision makers.