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Pruritus pp 437-441 | Cite as

Acupuncture

  • Laurent MiseryEmail author
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Abstract

Acupuncture is a traditional treatment from China which consists in pricking with needles in some specific points on the skin, along “meridians”. Acupuncture is a traditional treatment of itch but clinical trials are recent and a meta-analysis has been recently performed. Acupuncture was effective to alleviate itch compared with placebo acupuncture and no treatment group. Further studies are needed for other indications because only uremic pruritus and atopic dermatitis were studied with a high-quality methodology.

Keywords

Itch Pruritus Acupuncture Uremic pruritus Atopic dermatitis Histamine Nerve 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurosciences of Brest, and Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital, and University of BrestBrestFrance

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