Research: MOON and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

MOON and COLLEAGUES, (1)Brain Disease Research Center, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon 305-811, South Korea evaluated the effectiveness of Chuna (or Tuina) for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain as reported in Korean literature.

Background

The authors sought to evaluate the effectiveness of Chuna (or Tuina) for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain as reported in Korean literature.

Methodology

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 favourable effects of Chuna (or Tuina) 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.

Conclusion

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

References

Moon TW(1), Choi TY, Park TY, Lee MS. Chuna therapy for musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials in Korean literature. Chin J Integr Med. 19(3):228-32. Mar  2013. doi: 10.1007/s11655-012-1238-0. Epub Aug 18 2012. 

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