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A systematic review from China has found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture at Tiaokou ST-38 in treating adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. Nineteen RCTs involving 1944 participants met the authors’ inclusion criteria. Positive results were found for acupuncture treatment at Tiaokou ST-38, either as a sole treatment or in combination with local shoulder acupoints, resulting in improvements in pain and function, compared with a variety of controls.

Acupuncture at Tiaokou (ST38) for Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis: What Strengths Does It Have? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 Apr 22;2018:4197659.


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