Electrical acupuncture on hemiplegic stroke patients

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To assess the efficacy of electrical acupuncture in the rehabilitation of patients with hemiplegia in 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

Randomized, controlled trial of 128 patients.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized to receive either comprehensive rehabilitation plus electrical acupuncture or comprehensive rehabilitation alone. Electrical acupuncture was administered by electrical stimulation of acupuncture points through adhesive surface electrodes five times per week.

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Neurological status (Brunnstrom's stage) and the Chinese version of the Functional Independence Measure assessed before treatment and at discharge.