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A systematic review of the effects of acupuncture on xerostomia and hyposalivation

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, February 2018
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Title
A systematic review of the effects of acupuncture on xerostomia and hyposalivation
Published in
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12906-018-2124-x
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Authors

Zainab Assy, Henk S. Brand

Abstract

Saliva is fundamental to our oral health and our well-being. Many factors can impair saliva secretion, such as adverse effects of prescribed medication, auto-immune diseases (for example Sjögren's syndrome) and radiotherapy for head and neck cancers. Several studies have suggested a positive effect of acupuncture on oral dryness. Pubmed and Web of Science were electronically searched. Reference lists of the included studies and relevant reviews were manually searched. Studies that met the inclusion criteria were systematically evaluated. Two reviewers assessed each of the included studies to confirm eligibility and assessing the risk of bias. Ten randomized controlled trials investigating the effect of acupuncture were included. Five trials compared acupuncture to sham/placebo acupuncture. Four trials compared acupuncture to oral hygiene/usual care. Only one clinical trial used oral care sessions as control group. For all the included studies, the quality for all the main outcomes has been assessed as low. Although some publications suggest a positive effect of acupuncture on either salivary flow rate or subjective dry mouth feeling, the studies are inconclusive about the potential effects of acupuncture. Insufficient evidence is available to conclude whether acupuncture is an evidence-based treatment option for xerostomia/hyposalivation. Further well-designed, larger, double blinded trials are required to determine the potential benefit of acupuncture. Sample size calculations should be performed before before initiating these studies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 27 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 8 30%
Student > Bachelor 6 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 11%
Researcher 3 11%
Other 2 7%
Other 5 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 10 37%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 19%
Linguistics 1 4%
Psychology 1 4%
Other 1 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 31 October 2018.
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#3,296,602
of 12,867,507 outputs
Outputs from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
#685
of 2,616 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#88,893
of 268,343 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
#1
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