Effects of Acupuncture Treatment on Poststroke Motor Recovery and Physical Function - Pilot Study


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To investigate the efficacy of acupuncture treatment as an adjunct to a conventional inpatient acute rehabilitation program in improving motor recovery and physical function after acute, first-time 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

Randomized, controlled, single-blinded, pilot study.

Patient Involvement

All patients were randomized within strata defined by stroke type (ischemic or hemorragic) into one of two groups, either the acupuncture treatment group or the control group. The control group received the conventional stroke rehabilitation care (3 h of physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy, 6 days per week) for the duration of the inpatient stay, while the acupuncture group received conventional stroke rehabilitation care and 30 additional minutes of acupuncture therapy 7 days per week for 2 weeks during the inpatient stay.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Assessments were obtained on motor recovery as measured by the Fugl-Meyer (FM) Assessment and on physical function as measured by the Functional Independence Measure (FIM).


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