somatoform pain disorder (PSPD) is known as a special type of somatoform disorders. It is characterized by the predominant complaint of persistent and distressing pain, which could not be sufficiently explained by a physiological process or a physical disorder (ICD-10, Version: 2016). Since the pathogenesis of this disease remains still unclear, there is nearly no effective treatment, which not only gravely affects the living conditions of the patients but also brings undue burdens to the medical system. Acupuncture is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine and is the most popular traditional medical treatment in the world. It has been widely used in clinical treatment. Acupuncture can treat diseases by stimulating specific acupoints on the body, especially for diseases involving neuroendocrine pathological changes, such as chronic pain, menopause, depression and insomnia. Although acupuncture has been widely used to relieve SPD, its efficiency has not been scientifically and systematically evaluated. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture treatment of SPD.