Acupuncture Treatment of Geriatric Patients with Ischemic Stroke

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To test the effectiveness, feasibility, and safety of acupuncture after an acute stroke.

Interventions

  • 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

Single-center, randomized, prospective, single-blind clinical trial.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized into one of three groups to receive either accupuncture treatment in the form of needling of accupuncture points with electrical stimulation, or the placebo in the form of surface electrodes on acupuncture points with visual stimulation, or the control group with no additional treatment. Patients in the two treatment groups received 30-minute sessions twice weekly for 4 weeks.

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary European Stroke Scale (ESS) and Barthel Index of activities of daily living.