Acupuncture for Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a leading chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease. This study was performed to summarize and evaluate evidence regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture in the relief of symptoms (1). Seven databases were searched and randomized controlled trials were included in the analysis. The results showed that 25 trials met the inclusion criteria and 19 of 25 were high-quality studies. The included RCTs showed favorable results for acupuncture plus conventional treatment compared with conventional treatment alone in the UPDRS II, III, and IV and the total score. Acupuncture was effective in relieving PD symptoms compared with no treatment and conventional treatment alone, and acupuncture plus conventional treatment had a more significant effect than conventional treatment alone.