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2022 Mar 17

BMJ Open



Acupuncture therapies for postherpetic neuralgia: a protocol for a systematic review and Bayesian network meta-analysis.


Bian Z, Yu J, Tu M, Liao B, Huang J, Izumoji G, Sun R, Xu Y, Jiang Y, He X, Fang J
BMJ Open. 2022 Mar 17; 12(3):e056632.
PMID: 35301212.


Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most common sequela of herpes zoster, and it is often refractory to guideline-recommended treatments. Acupuncture therapy, a wildly applied complementary-alternative treatment, may help in the management of PHN. Diverse types of acupuncture therapy for PHN have been proposed, however, their comparative efficacies remain unclear. This study protocol plans to compare the efficacy and safety of different acupuncture therapies for PHN.