Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Oct 24:101067. Epub 2019 Oct 24. PMID: 31672461
Auricular acupressure for myopia in children and adolescents: A systematic review.
OBJECTIVES: To identify and assess the evidence showing the efficacy of auricular acupressure alone for myopia in children and adolescents.METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that were published until March 2019 in Pubmed, Web of Science, OVID, Foreign Medical Literature Retrieval Service, China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database, The Chinese Biological Medicine Database, Wanfang Database, and Chongqing VIP Information were searched. The quality of RCTs was assessed using the Cochrane risk of bias assessment tool.RESULTS: Ten RCTs were included to be qualitatively summarized, of which 5 studies qualified for the meta-analysis of the efficacy rate in treating myopia. This review demonstrated that auricular acupressure alone was more effective than eye-drops treatment, eye exercise, and was the just as effective as needle acupuncture.CONCLUSIONS: Auricular acupressure could slow the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. However, there is a need for further studies with higher methodological quality and sufficient follow-up.