To test whether acupuncture can improve activity of daily living (ADL) and reduce long term institutional care in acute cerebral hemorrhage.
- Acupuncture Device
Intervention Desc: Acupuncture (from Lat. acus, "needle", and pungere, "prick") or in Standard Mandarin, zhe-n bia-n (a related word zhe-n jiu( refers to acupuncture together with moxibustion) is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purposes. According to acupuncture theory, these acupuncture points lie along meridians along which qi, a kind of vital energy, is said to flow.
Multi-center, single-blind, randomized, controlled study.
Patients are randomized into two groups: acupuncture group or non-acupuncture group. Patients in the two groups receive the same supportive treatment, such as fluid supply, prevention and treatment of complications and some rehabilitation. No sham acupuncture is used in the control group for ethical and practical reasons. Patients in the treatment group receive acupuncture 5 times per week for 3 weeks.
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Mortality or dependency (dependency is defined as Barthel Index ?60), and long term institutional care at 6 months.|
|Secondary||Scandinavian Stroke Scale score at one month or discharge and adverse events of acupuncture.|