1Department of Chinese traditional medicine, School of complementary and Persian traditional medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2Department of Traditional Persian Pharmacy, School of Persian and Complementary Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
3Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran.
Introduction The prevalence of infantile colic is common, but there is no conventional treatment safe and effective. The use of acupuncture in infantile colic has increased despite weak evidence. The aim of this paper was to review the literature about safety and efficiency of acupuncture in infantile colic. Methods We searched Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central, Scopus with keywords “infantile “AND” colic”, “acupuncture “AND” colic”, and performed a manual search of references in articles. The study was carried out in the period 2000 to 2015. Randomized control trial and case reports studies were chosen. Result Seven of the 36 studies assessed the effects of acupuncture in infantile colic. Five RCT, one case Reports and one personal communication with acupuncturists in our study were evaluated. Acupuncture is a Chinese method of complementary medicine that use in children is increasing. Acupuncture in symptoms of colic pain, crying out, fecal excretion, anxiety, relaxation and sleep duration were investigated. Conclusion Several studies have investigated acupuncture and infantile colic and found beneficial results. We found evidence of some efficacy and low risk associated with minimal acupuncture in pediatrics. To improve further acupuncture, research individually selected acupuncture points to use on infantile colic by using the experimental and control groups (placebo/ Sham acupuncture) required