Moxibustion for post-stroke urinary incontinence in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Xia Li, Zhuang Miao Li, Jing-Yu Tan, Alison Wang, Jin-Xiu Chen, Xing Chen, Liu Yang, Lorna K.P. Suen

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Abstract

Background and purpose: Urinary incontinence (UI) is a frequently identified complication among stroke survivors. Moxibustion is commonly used to treat post-stroke UI in Asian countries. This study aimed to synthesize the evidence of using moxibustion for post-stroke UI management.

Methods: Twelve databases were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using moxibustion to improve post-stroke UI management. Four Chinese journals were also manually screened for potentially eligible articles.

Results: Ten studies with a total of 719 participants and one completed trial without published results were included. Compared with “routine methods of treatment and/or care,” the meta-analyses revealed that moxibustion had superior effects in improving UI symptoms and alleviating the severity of UI.

Conclusion: This systematic review identified preliminary research evidence that moxibustion may be effective in managing the symptoms of post-stroke UI. More rigorously designed, large-scale RCTs are warranted to provide more robust evidence in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101294
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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