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Chuna therapy for musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials in Korean literature

Abstract

Objective

To evaluate the effectiveness of Chuna for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain as reported in Korean literature.

Methods

We conducted an electronic literature search using seven Korean databases and manually searched six traditional Korean medicine journals. Risk of bias was assessed with the Cochrane criteria.

Results

Six randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were included in the study. Compared with standard care, three RCTs suggested favorable effects of Chuna on neck pain due to a hypolordotic cervical spine, low back pain caused by traffic accidents, and low back pain. In contrast, compared with standard care, three RCTs failed to show positive effects on temporomandibular joint disorder, mandibular movement, and neck pain caused by traffic accidents.

Conclusions

Currently, the evidence of the effectiveness of Chuna for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain is not convincing. Further rigorously designed trials are warranted to determine its effectiveness.

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Moon, TW., Choi, TY., Park, TY. et al. Chuna therapy for musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials in Korean literature. Chin. J. Integr. Med. 19, 228–232 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11655-012-1238-0

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Keywords

  • Chuna
  • musculoskeletal pain
  • systematic review
  • Korean literature