Acupuncture for subacute stroke rehabilitation


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To test the efficacy of acupuncture for recovery in activities of daily living and healthrelated quality of life after stroke.


  • 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)[3] 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.[4] According to acupuncture theory, these acupuncture points lie along meridians along which qi, a kind of vital energy, is said to flow.

Trial Design

Sham-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial.

Patient Involvement

All patients were randomized to receive 12 sessions of eitherreal or sham acupuncture during a 2-week period.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary The change in Barthel activities of daily living score from the beginning to the end of treatment.
Secondary National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score, motoricity index, quality of life (EQ-5D [EuroQoL–5 Dimensional form] and EQ-VAS [Euro-QoL–Visual Analog Scale]), Nottingham Extended ADL score, Ashworth scale for muscle spasticity, timed 10-m walk, 9-hole peg test, swallowing status (“safe” or “unsafe” swallow based on a bedside swallow screening test), and the patient’s blinding regarding treatment.