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The Better Safety of Acupuncture as a Complementary Therapy for Sepsis

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DOI: 10.23977/medcm.2021.030231 | Downloads: 1 | Views: 307

Author(s)

Heng Wang 1, Buqing Fu 1, Menglan Li 1, Jun Luo 1, Wei Jiang 1

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1 Department of Laboratory, Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China

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Heng Wang

ABSTRACT

Objectives: Sepsis is a physiological, pathological, and biochemical syndrome caused by infection. The application of acupuncture as a complementary therapy for treating sepsis patients remains controversial. Our objective was to organize the relevant articles to assess the efficacy and safety of acupuncture as a complementary therapy for sepsis. Materials and methods: PubMed, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, CNKI, Wan Fang Data, VIP database and TCM Literature Analysis and Retrieval Database were searched for randomized studies that compared acupuncture as a complementary therapy with conventional treatment for sepsis patients. The odds ratios (ORs), with 95% CI, was calculated by using a corresponding effects model for continuous data, according to the value of I2. Meta-analysis was performed by RevMan 5.3 software. Results: A total of eleven articles were included in our study. On comparing the clinical indexes, the acupuncture as a complementary therapy group was found to be better than the conventional treatment group in 28-day mortality [OR=0.61, 95%CI (0.36,1.04), P=0.07], APACHE II score at 7th day [MD=−3.36, 95%CI (−4.30, −2.41), P<0.00001],concentrations of procalcitonin (PCT) [MD=−2.23, 95%CI (−3.33, −1.13), P<0.0001] and TNF-α [MD=-14.86, 95%CI (−23.74, −5.97), P=0.001] at 7th day.However, there was no significant difference between the two groups about the CD8+ T cells count [MD=0.36, 95%CI (−1.57,2.29), P=0.71]. Conclusion: Based on the current evidence, acupuncture as a complementary therapy treatment had better clinical safety features than the conventional treatment. For those indicators with a small amount of data, a greater number of randomized, high-quality controlled trials should be conducted in order to further verify the findings.

KEYWORDS

Acupuncture, Sepsis, Systematic review

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Heng Wang, Buqing Fu, Menglan Li, Jun Luo, Wei Jiang, The Better Safety of Acupuncture as a Complementary Therapy for Sepsis. MEDS Chinese Medicine (2021) 3: 151-155. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23977/medcm.2021.030231

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