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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 6404197, 10 pages
Review Article

Acupuncture Points Stimulation for Meniere’s Disease/Syndrome: A Promising Therapeutic Approach

The Third Clinical Medical College of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310053, China

Received 22 February 2016; Revised 22 May 2016; Accepted 5 June 2016

Academic Editor: Paolo Roberti di Sarsina

Copyright © 2016 Jiaojun He et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. This study aims to explore evidence for acupuncture points stimulation (APS) in treatment of Meniere’s disease (MD). Method. A literature search was conducted in seven databases including EMBASE, Medline, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, CBM, CNKI, and WangFang database and the data analysis was performed by using the RevMan version 5.3. Results. 12 RCTs with 993 participants were acquired after the search. The quality of most eligible studies was very low which limited the value of the meta-analysis. Compared with western medicine comprehensive treatment (WMCT), the APS alone or in combination with WMCT had a significant positive effect in controlling vertigo; however, the result was negative in hearing improvement and DHI. No adverse events were reported in the studies. Conclusion. The APS might be a promising therapeutic approach for MD. However, the currently available evidence is insufficient to make a definitive conclusion for the poor quality of included studies. More high-quality researches with larger sample size are urgently needed to assess the effectiveness and safety.