Acupuncture for schizophrenia

Xiaohong Shen, Jun Xia, Clive Adams

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Background Acupuncture, with many categories such as traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, and acupoint injection, has been shown to be relatively safe with few adverse effects. It is accessible and inexpensive, at least in China, and is likely to be widely used there for psychotic symptoms. Objectives To review the effects of acupuncture, alone or in combination treatments compared with placebo (or no treatment) or any other treatments for people with schizophrenia or related psychoses. Search Methods We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group Trials Register (February 2012) and inspected references of all identified studies. We contacted relevant authors for additional information. Selection Criteria We included all relevant randomized controlled trials involving people with schizophrenia-like illnesses, comparing acupuncture added to standard dose antipsychotics with standard dose antipsychotics alone, acupuncture added to low dose antipsychotics with standard dose antipsychotics, acupuncture with antipsychotics, acupuncture added to traditional chinese medicine (TCM) drug with TCM drug, acupuncture with TCM drug, electric acupuncture convulsive therapy with electroconvulsive therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1198-1199
Number of pages2
JournalSchizophrenia Bulletin
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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