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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 3837194, 13 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/3837194
Review Article

The Immediate Analgesic Effect of Acupuncture for Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Sheng Liu; moc.liamtoh@ncgniksl

Received 12 April 2017; Accepted 14 August 2017; Published 25 October 2017

Academic Editor: Shu-Ming Wang

Copyright © 2017 Anfeng Xiang 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.

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