Sciatica – Research

Lewis 2015 (Network MA of 21 interventions)(1): Acupuncture 2nd out of 21 interventions for global effect and pain intensity;

Qin 2015 (SR & MA of 11 RCTs; 10 acupuncture vs medications; 1 acupuncture vs sham)(2): Acupuncture may be superior to drugs and may enhance the effect of drugs for patients with sciatica;

Ji 2015 (SR of 12 RCTs)(3): Acupuncture superior to conventional Western medicine in outcomes effectiveness, pain intensity and pain threshold.


1. Lewis RA, Williams NH, Sutton AJ, Burton K, Din NU, Matar HE, et al. Comparative clinical effectiveness of management strategies for sciatica: systematic review and network meta-analyses. Spine J. 2015 Jun 1;15(6):1461-77.

2. Qin Z, Liu X, Wu J, Zhai Y, Liu Z. Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Treating Sciatica: A Systematic Review and  Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:425108.

3. Ji M, Wang X, Chen M, Shen Y, Zhang X, Yang J. The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:192808.