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Acupuncture for epilepsy

Cheuk DKL, Wong V
Published Online: 
10 August 2011

Patients with epilepsy are currently treated with antiepileptic drugs, but a significant number of people continue to have seizures and many experience adverse effects to the drugs. As a result there is increasing interest in alternative therapies and acupuncture is one of those. Sixteen randomised controlled trials were included in the current systematic review. However all included trials had high risk of bias and it remains uncertain whether acupuncture is effective and safe for treating people with epilepsy.