Acupuncture for treating dry eye: a systematic review

  title={Acupuncture for treating dry eye: a systematic review},
  author={Myeong Soo Lee and Byung-Cheul Shin and Tae-Young Choi and Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Acta Ophthalmologica},
Purpose:  The objective of this review was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment option for treating the condition of dry eye. 
Acupuncture for treating dry eye: a randomized placebo‐controlled trial
Acta Ophthalmol. 2010: 88: e328–e333
Acupuncture for acute hordeolum.
This review is to determine the effects and, when possible, the safety of acupuncture for the treatment of acute hordeola, in comparison to no specific treatment, sham acupuncture, or other active treatments.
Acupuncture and herbal formulation compared with artificial tears alone: evaluation of dry eye symptoms and associated tests in randomised clinical trial
AC is safe and provides additional benefit in mild to moderate dry eye up to 1 month, compared with ATs alone, and may be recommended as adjunctive therapy to AT.
Acupuncture and dry eye: current perspectives. A double-blinded randomized controlled trial and review of the literature
Both true and sham acupuncture improved OSDI at 1 week after treatment, however, the improvement was significantly greater in the true treatment groups than the sham group at 6 months after acupuncture, suggesting a true treatment effect of acupuncture rather than a placebo effect.
Therapeutic effects of acupuncture in typical dry eye: a systematic review and meta‐analysis
Subgroup analyses suggest that acupuncture applied at 2.0-3.0 times per week for 21-30 days may be optimal for treating typical DES, and provides useful information for guiding acupuncture in the clinical trials.
Updated Meta-Analysis of Acupuncture for Treating Dry Eye
The results demonstrated that acupuncture had a superior effect on dry eye, compared with artificial tears (AT), and showed significant differences in tear break-up time, Schirmer's test, response rate, and corneal fluorescein staining.
Acupuncture Therapy Is More Effective Than Artificial Tears for Dry Eye Syndrome: Evidence Based on a Meta-Analysis
Acupuncture therapy is effective for the dry eye patients, partly better than artificial tear treatment, and a meta-analysis performed using both fixed- and random-effects models based on heterogeneity across studies confirmed this.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Treatment for Dry Eye Disease: Two Case Reports
The main outcomes sought for these patients were decreases in dryness and in stinging sensation in the eyes, and less use of artificial tears.
Optimizing acupuncture treatment for dry eye syndrome: a systematic review
Acupuncture was more effective than AT in treating DES but showed high heterogeneity and subgroup analysis to reduce the heterogeneity and suggest the most effective acupuncture method based on clinical trials.
Efficacy and safety of acupuncture at a single BL1 acupoint in the treatment of moderate to severe dry eye disease
It is expected to be verified that acupuncture is better than artificial tears toward improving the mean SIT values of patients with moderate to severe DED.


Acupuncture – a critical analysis
  • E. Ernst
  • Medicine
    Journal of internal medicine
  • 2006
Some findings are encouraging but others suggest that its clinical effects mainly depend on a placebo response, and acupuncture remains steeped in controversy.
Dry eye treatment with acupuncture
Dry eye is defined as a disorder of the tear film due to tear deficiency or excessive tear evaporation, which causes damage to the interpalpebral ocular surface and is associated with symptoms of
[Effect of integral syndrome differentiation acupuncture on the tear film stability in the patient of xerophthalmia].
The integral syndrome differentiation acupuncture can improve secretion of tear, increase stability of tear film, improve local symptoms of eyes with a therapeutic effect better than acupuncture at local acupoints and artificial tears.
Is acupuncture an useful tool for pain-treatment in ophthalmology?
In general, pain was significantly reduced in all patients by the use of acupuncture, and a statistically significant effect was noted (p < 0.05).
Acupuncture treatment in patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca: a pilot study.
It is indicated that acupuncture has subjective beneficial effects in patients with KCS and could therefore be tried as a complement to ordinary treatment.
The treatment of dry eye.
Introducing a placebo needle into acupuncture research
Prevalent use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with inflammatory eye disease
Because CAM may influence the course of disease, cause adverse effects, and interact with conventional immunosuppressive treatment, physicians should routinely question patients with these diagnoses regarding the use of such therapies.
A clinical study of acupuncture and SSP (silver spike point) electro-therapy for dry eye syndrome.
Acupuncture and SSP electro-therapy were effective in increasing tear secretion in patients with dry eye syndrome and reduced the number of applications of artificial tears necessary.
Credibility of a Newly Designed Placebo Needle for Clinical Trials in Acupuncture Research
Acupuncture with the placebo needle device described here is of high credibility, and does not differ from that of real acupuncture treatment, however, to achieve comparable prick sensations in both treatment conditions, careful training withThe placebo needle is needed.