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Table 1 The characteristics of the included trials

From: Meta-analysis of acupuncture for relieving non-organic dyspeptic symptoms suggestive of diabetic gastroparesis

Study ID n (T/C) Age (T/C, years) Acupuncture intervention Acupoints Control interventionc Outcomes Drop-out Follow up
Wang 2008 [24] 19 (9/10) 57.7 ± 7.4/57.1 ± 9.9 EA, 2 sessions per week, 2 weeks ST36, LI4 Sham-EA, 2 sessions per week, 2 weeks Dyspeptic symptoms, gastric emptying Yes Two weeks
Ge 2010 [20] 60 (30/30) 40-61/42-60 Acupuncture, 5 sessions per week, 4 weeks CV12, ST36, PC6 Domperidone, 10 mg, bid, 4 weeks Response rate No discription No discription
Shen 2010 [23] 60 (30/30) 52 ± 10.5/50 ± 10.2 Acupuncture and acupoint applicationd, 6 sessions per week, 4 week PC6, CV12, CV6, ST36, SP6 Domperidone, 10 mg, tid, 4 weeks Response rate No discription No discription
Wang 2010 [27] 70 (35/35) 37-84/40-85 Chiropractics and acupuncture, 1 sessions per day, one month BL20, BL21, BL18, BL23, PC6, ST36, SP6, CV12 Mosapride, 5 mg, tid, one month Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate No discription No discription
Zeng 2008 [28] 60 (30/30) 52 ± 12/51 ± 15 Acupuncture, one sessions per day, 4 weeks CV12, ST36, PC6, SP6 Domperidone, 10 mg, tid, 4 weeks Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate Yesb No discription
Zhang 2007 [29] 72 (36/36) 47.26 ± 5.13/48.31 ± 6.57 Acupuncture, two sessions per day, thirty days BL21, CV12, BL20, LR13, BL23, BL18, LR14, GB25, ST25, ST36 Domperidone, 10 mg, tid, thirty-four days Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate No discription No discription
Zheng 2010 [30] 80 (40/40) 44.7 ± 8.9/43.9 ± 9.1 Warm acupuncture, 5 sessions per week, 4 weeks CV12, ST36, PC6 Domperidone, 10 mg, tid, 4 weeks Response rate, gastric emptying No discription No discription
Han 2001 [21] 120 (60/60) 52.12 ± 2.61/51.65 ± 2.53 EA, 1 sessions per day, 2 weeks; ST36, ST25, PC6, ST39, CV12 Domperidone, 10 mg, tid, 2 weeks Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate No discription No discription
Li 2006 [22] 60 (30/30) 40-69/42-70 Acupuncture, one sessions per day, fifteen days ST36, CV12, ST25, BL21, BL20, LR3, BL23, PC6 Cisapride, 10 mg, tid, fifteen days Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate Yesb No discription
Wang 2007 [26] 63 (31/32) 57.67 ± 6.55 58.03 ± 7.99 Acupuncture, one sessions per day, thirty days BL21, CV12, BL20, LR13, BL23, BL18, LR14, GB25, ST25, ST36 Mosapride, 5 mg, tid, thirty days Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate, gastric emptying Yesb No discription
Wang 2009a[25] 70 (35/35) 26-65/28-69 Acupuncture, one sessions per day, thirty days CV17, CV13, CV12, CV4, CV10, CV8, CV 6 Cisapride, 10 mg, tid, thirty days Gastric emptying No discription No discription
Chen 2008 [19] 60 (30/30) 57.67 ± 2.04/59.77 ± 2.21 EA, 5 sessions per week, three weeks CV12, ST36, ST25, ST21, ST37 Mosapride, 5 mg, tid, three weeks Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate, gastric emptying Yesb No discription
Zhao 2011 [31] 60 (30/30) 54.77 ± 12.26/54.80 ± 9.42 EA, 5 sessions per week, two weeks ST36, CV12, ST25, ST21, ST37 Mosapride, 5 mg, tid, two weeks Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate, gastric emptying Yesb No discription
Chen 2005 [32] 60 (30/30) 58.83 ± 11.80/61.13 ± 9.01 EA, 5 sessions per week, two weeks CV12, ST21, ST25, BL21, ST36 Mosapride, 5 mg, tid, two weeks Dyspeptic symptoms, response rate, gastric emptying Yesb No discription
  1. Key: a, three-arm trial; b, patients with incomplete data or bad compliance were exclude in these studies; c, drugs were took orally by patient; d, acupoint application is a traditional therapy which is based on the Chinese meridian theory, sticking some excitive Chinese medicine such as Herba Asari to acupoint to stimulate local skin of acupoint to regulate body blood and energy with the objective to prevent and treat disease.
  2. T/C, treatment/control; EA, electroacupuncture; bid, bis in die; tid, ter in die.