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To explore effective acupoints and combinations for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) METHODS: Clinical controlled trials and randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for CIPN were sourced from PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Chinese databases, including the Wanfang database, VIP Journals database, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure database. The quality of eligible research was evaluated based on CONSORT and STRICTA statements. The common acupoints, meridians, and acupoint combinations were determined from acupuncture prescriptions reporting positive effects and were analyzed using SPSS 23.0 and SPSS Modeler 14.1. Finally, a complex network was constructed using Cytoscape 3.8.2 to explore the core acupoints. The quality of 24 clinical trials was evaluated, and 20 acupuncture prescriptions that reported positive outcomes were included in subsequent data mining analysis. The most frequently used acupoints are ST36, LI11, LI4, LR3, and SP6. Meanwhile, they are also the core acupoints in acupuncture prescriptions according to the complex network with 28 nodes and 177 edges. The most commonly used meridians were the large intestine, stomach, and spleen. Acupoint combinations of LI11 and ST36, SP6 and ST36 were frequently used. Our study provides a reference for the selection of effective acupoints for CIPN treatment and a basis for the effective use of this form of traditional Chinese medicine. Furthermore, we found limitations in the design and implementation of the available clinical research, which should be minimized in future studies. Copyright © 2022. Published by Elsevier Inc.


Jialin Gu, Miao Hu, Xinxing Wang, Yi Ji, Lingchang Li, Jialin Yu, Canhong Hu, Jing Ni, Guoli Wei, Jiege Huo. Data mining analysis reveals key acupoints and meridians for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Explore (New York, N.Y.). 2023 Jan-Feb;19(1):71-77

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