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Table 1 Examples of excluded acupuncture treatment skills

From: Cognitive improvement effects of electro-acupuncture for the treatment of MCI compared with Western medications: a systematic review and Meta-analysis

- Jin three needle therapy
- Scalp acupuncture
- Three temporal points
- Treatment alternately daily at front and rear Sishenchong (EX-HN1) + right Fengchi (GB20)/left and right Sishenchong (EX-HN1) + Shenting (DU24), Baihui (GV20)
- Retaining needle time for 30 min alternately daily at left and right Sishenchong (EX-HN1)/Shenting (DU24), Baihui (GV20) + front and rear Sishenchong (EX-HN1)
- Twirling reinforcing and reducing method or mild reinforcing attenuating needle pricking therapy
- Twirling reinforcing and reducing method or back and forth moving manipulations
- Electroacupuncture after de-qi sensation by twirling method at sachonghyeol (SCH; Four command points), Yintang (EX-HN3), Fengchi (GB20)
- Electroacupuncture after twirling and back and forth moving manipulations at Wailaogong (EX-UE8), Fenglong (ST40) San yin jiao (SP6) Taixi(KI3)
- Applying acupuncture in specific sequence
- Implement twirling reinforcing and reducing method differently
- Putting needle 30° at Indang (Ex-HN3), 45° at Taiyang (EX-HN5), directing to end of nose at Fengfu (DU16), Baihui (gv20). Back and forth moving manipulations at FengFu (DU16), Fengchi (GB20) Hegu (LI4) Taichong (LR3)/twirling method at Indang (Ex-HN3), Baihui (GV20)
- Electroacupuncture + mild reinforcing attenuating needle pricking therapy