Acupuncture benefits patients suffering from unilateral paralysis after a stroke
Researchers from Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Banjul compared daily exercise mono therapy with acupuncture and just daily exercises….patient outcomes were consistently superior in the combined therapy group, demonstrating that the addition of acupuncture to the daily exercise treatment regimen improves clinical outcomes. The researchers conclude that acupuncture plus rehabilitation exercises improve motor function and cerebral blood flow, making it an effective intervention for post-stroke hemiplegia.
Blood flow changes in the brain were measured with transcranial Doppler device. This was used to monitor the movement of blood in the anterior, middle and posterior cerebral arteries. Both groups showed marked improvements but improvements in the combined therapy group (with acupuncture) were significantly greater (p<0.05). The measurements demonstrate that the addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol enhances recuperation within the human brain. Total of 70 patients with hemiplegia were recruited. Patients were randomly assigned to two groups. Both groups received standard physical rehabilitation exercises and one group received acupuncture. Acupuncture was performed on the side of the body affected by hemiplegia. Points on the upper limb included LI11 (Quchi), LI4 (Hegu), LI 10 (Shousanli), and SI3 (Houxi). Points on the lower limb included ST36 (Zusanli), GB30 (Huantiao), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), and LV3 (Taichong). Filiform needles 40-75mm in length were used to needle the points and were manually manipulated to obtain Deqi. The needles were retained for 20minutes per acupuncture session. Treatment was administered once daily, with 10 treatments comprising one course. A total of 10 courses of treatment were administered consecutively.