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Does acupuncture improve sexual dysfunction? A systematic review

  • Fatemeh Abdi ORCID logo , Zainab Alimoradi ORCID logo , Nasibeh Roozbeh ORCID logo EMAIL logo , Marjan Akhavan Amjadi ORCID logo and Mehri Robatjazi ORCID logo



Sexual dysfunction can adversely affect the quality of life and interpersonal relationships. nowadays, a lot of attention is paid to traditional Chinese medicine with better curative effects and less adverse events. Recent studies have implied the promising effect of acupuncture on sexual function. This systematic review evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in treating female and male sexual dysfunction.


PubMed, Cochrane Central of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), EMBASE, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), Scopus, and Google Scholar were searched up to 2021. No limitation to language and date. The methodological quality of the studies was assessed using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool (MMAT).


Among 160 initially assessed papers, 13 articles were included. The findings showed that acupuncture improve sexual dysfunction in domains of desire, libido, erectile dysfunction and impotency. Most studies did not report any serious side effects from acupuncture, and only three studies reported minor adverse events.


The available evidence indicate that acupuncture has positive on improvement of sexual dysfunction with no serious side effects. Although acupuncture has gained increasing popularity for the management of sexual dysfunction, high methodological quality evidence regarding its efficacy is lacking.


  • – No systematic review research has yet been carried out the effect of acupressure on sexual dysfunction men and women together. Hence, this systematic review aimed to evaluate the effect of acupressure on female and male sexual dysfunction

  • – No limitation to language and date this systematic review

  • – The all of acupressure types included in this systematic review

  • – The side effects of acupressure evaluated.

  • – Due to the negative effects of sexual disorders on people’s lives leading to discontent, people are increasingly approaching clinics therefor the acupressure pointes and treatment design report in this systematic review can help with health provider to improve sexual function among men and women.

Corresponding author: Nasibeh Roozbeh, Assistant Professor, Mother and Child Welfare Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Science, Bander Abbas, Iran, Phone: +07633337192, E-mail:


We appreciate the reviewers’ comments.

  1. Research funding: This article did not take any funding support.

  2. Competing interests: Authors have no conflict of interests.


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Received: 2021-05-14
Accepted: 2021-09-13
Published Online: 2021-10-01

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