Electro-acupuncture vs. physical therapy in post-stroke motor function recovery


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To determine the rehabilitative efficacy of electro-acupuncture on acute stroke patients.


  • 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

Patient Involvement

86 patients were divided into two groups. The control group was given standard clinical treatment as well as active/passive physical therapy. The experimental group was given standard clinical treatment as well as electro-acupuncture. The treatments of both groups lasted 4 weeks. The patients were evaluated on the Chinese Stroke Scale, and assigned Brunnstrom-Fugl-Meyer and Barthel Index scores throughout the trial, and 3 months after the treatments ended.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Chinese Stroke Scale, Brunnstrom-Fugl-Meyer, and Barthel Index scores