Acupuncture for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials

  title={Acupuncture for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials},
  author={Myeong Soo Lee and Tae-Young Choi and Byung-Cheul Shin and Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We searched the literature using 15 databases. Eleven randomized clinical trials (RCTs) met our inclusion criteria. Most had significant methodological weaknesses. The studies’ statistical and clinical heterogeneity prevented us from conducting a meta-analysis. Two RCTs found that acupuncture plus conventional language therapy was superior to sham acupuncture plus conventional therapy… 
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