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2022 Dec 02

Medicine (Baltimore)



Effectiveness and safety of ear acupuncture for tension-type headache: A protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Lou F, Lou Q, Li J, Zhang X, Wang W
Medicine (Baltimore). 2022 Dec 02; 101(48):e31826.
PMID: 36482643.


Tension-type headache (TTH) refers to a type of functionalism disease, which is commonly characterized by recurrent headaches of mild to moderate intensity, bilateral location, pressing or tightening quality, and no aggravation by routine physical activity. Has significantly impacts on people's work and life. Ear acupuncture as a traditional Chinese therapy, showing several advantages (e.g., safety, economy, and less side effects), has been extensively used to treat TTH. However, its curative effect is supported by limited evidence. Accordingly, the present study aims to comprehensively assess the reliability of ear acupuncture in TTH.