A research team from Shanghai University of TCM reported that fire needle therapy alone or combined with conventional treatments might be effective for nodular prurigo, without any additional side effects.

They evaluated the effectiveness and safety of fire needle therapy for nodular prurigo. They systematically searched several databases, including EMBASE, PubMed, the Cochrane Library, the Web of Science, the China Network Knowledge Infrastructure, the Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform, and the China Science and Technology Journal Database, and retrieved randomized controlled trials comparing conventional therapies (control group) with fire needle therapy alone or in combination with conventional therapies. In total, 14 trials with 1176 participants were included. They quantitative study showed that the effectiveness rate of fire needle therapy combined with conventional therapies was significantly higher than that of conventional therapies alone. Adverse event and recurrence rates were comparable between groups.

Cite: Luo Y, Kuai L, Song NJ, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Fire Needle Therapy for Nodular Prurigo: A Quantitative Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019, 2019: 8797056