Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2015 / Article / Tab 2

Review Article

Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Treating Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Table 2

Acupuncture interventions in the included studies based on the STRICTA recommendation.

AuthorInsertion depth Response soughtDetails of needling Stimulation methodRetention timeNeedle typeTreatment regimenPractitioner background

Wang and La 2004 [20]NRDe-chi response manualEA25 minNR1 session once a day for 7 daysPhysician
Chen et al. 2009 [21]NRDe-chi response manualWA20–35 min0.3 × 60 mm3 sessions once daily for 10 daysNR
Zeng 2012 [22]60 mm (GB 30/BL 54)
others 25 mm
De-chi response manualManipulated every 10 min, pricking blood30 min0.3 × 75 mm2 sessions once daily for 10 daysNR
Zhang et al. 2008 [23]40–60 mmDe-chi response manualManipulated every 10 min and EA20 min0.3 × 40–75 mm2 sessions once daily for 10 daysProfessional acupuncturists
Hu et al. 2010 [24]60 mm (GB 30)
others 40 mm
De-chi response manualManipulated every 10 min and EA30 min0.3 × 50–75 mm2 sessions once daily for 10 daysNR
Du et al. 2009 [25]45–60 mmDe-chi response manualEA45 min0.45 × 75 mm4 sessions 3 times per weekNR
Chen 2010 [26]40–75 mmDe-chi response manualManipulated every 10 min30 min0.3 × 25–40 mm2 sessions 3 times per weekNR
Wang 2008 [27]NRDe-chi response manualWANR0.4 × 75 mm2 sessions once daily for 10 daysNR
Meng 2014 [28]NRNREA30 minNR2 sessions once daily for 7 daysQualified acupuncturist
Ren 2013 [29]40–75 mmDe-chi response manualWA30 minNR1 session once a day for 10 daysNR
Zhao 2004 [30]50–75 mmDe-chi response manualEA30 min0.25 × 75 mm2 sessions once a day for 10 daysNR

NR: not reported, De-chi: a needle sensation of soreness and numbness, EA: electroacupuncture, WA: warm acupuncture, and STRICTA: standards for reporting interventions in controlled trials of acupuncture.