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Review Am J Chin Med. 2018;46(6):1169-1185. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X18500611.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a rapidly growing global public health concern, especially with the increasing number of patients undergoing hemodialysis. Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, has been applied to various diseases and has garnered attention for its effectiveness and safety in treating CKD patients. This review explores the therapeutic effects and underlying mechanisms of different acupuncture techniques in the context of CKD. Acupuncture demonstrates positive impacts in CKD patients by enhancing renal function, reducing proteinuria, managing hypertension, addressing anemia, alleviating pain, and mitigating complications associated with hemodialysis, such as uremic pruritus, insomnia, and fatigue. These beneficial effects are attributed to the regulation of the sympathetic nervous system and the activation of bioactive chemicals. In conclusion, acupuncture emerges as a valuable intervention for CKD patients. However, further research is warranted to validate the potential underlying mechanisms.


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