Acupuncture and Tinnitus
Kim et al (2012) searched 14 databases to evaluate the status quo as it relates to randomized clinical trials (RCT) with regard to acupuncture used to treat tinnitus. The authors report nine RCTs were included in their study. Of those, seven were "sham treatment versus acupuncture treatment." Two of the seven suggested positive effects (the authors report the two studies were "too small to generate reliable findings…) and five of the seven did not. Based on the small numbers of patients reported, the few RCTs available, essentially poor protocols ("methodological quality was mostly poor…"), Kim et al report definitive conclusions could not be drawn and (in essence) acupuncture has not been scientifically demonstrated to be an effective treatment for tinnitus.
For More Information, References, and Recommendations
Kim JI, Choi JY, Lee DH, Choi TY, Lee MS, Ernst E. (2012) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Tinnitus—A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. BioMed Central, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.