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ZHANG and COLLEAGUES, 1 Sichuan Integrative Medicine Hospital; 2 Acupuncture and Tuina School; 3 Clinical Medicine School, Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China conducted a protocol for the systematic review of the literature to evaluate the efficacy and safety of auricular acupuncture for migraine.


Previous reviews indicate the effect of auricular acupuncture on migraine. However, a systematic review is not available. Therefore, this protocol was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of auricular acupuncture on migraine, by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis.


The following databases will be searched from their inception to October 2019: Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), Wan Fang Database, the Chongqing VIP Chinese Science and Technology Periodical Database (VIP), Cochrane Library, EMBASE, EBSCO, PubMed. The randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in English or Chinese associated with auricular acupuncture for migraines will be included. Eligible study conference abstracts and reference lists of manuscripts will be searched. The data collection and analysis will be conducted independently by 2 reviewers. Meta-analysis will be performed using Rev Man V.5.3.5 statistical software.


This systematic review will be conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of auricular acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. Therefore, auricular acupuncture in the treatment of migraine needs to be further clarified.


In summary, this review will determine whether the impact of auricular acupuncture for intelligence on the treatment of migraines. A better approach may be established for migraine base on this review. It provides reliable evidence for its extensive application.


Feng Zhang  1   2 , Yifeng Shen  3 , Hongjuan Fu  1   2 , Hao Zhou  1 , Chao Wang  1   2. Auricular acupuncture for migraine: A systematic review protocol Medicine (Baltimore) ;99(5):e18900. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000018900.  Jan 2020.

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