A systematic review of the evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of anxiety disorders has shown positive findings. Authors based at London’s University of Westminster performed searches of the major biomedical databases as well as specialist CAM databases. Twelve controlled trials were located, of which ten were randomised controlled trials (RCTs). All trials reported positive findings, but the reports were found to lack many basic methodological details. Positive findings were reported for acupuncture in the treatment of generalised anxiety disorder or anxiety neurosis, however the poor quality of the evidence prevented firm conclusions from being drawn. Limited evidence was also found in favour of auricular acupuncture for perioperative anxiety. Overall, the authors concluded that the findings were ‘promising’ and warranted further well-designed, adequately powered studies. (Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders – a systematic literature review. Acupunct Med. 2007 Jun;25(1-2):1-10)

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