Sensory stimulation for acute stroke


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To determine whether acupuncture improves the recovery of motor function, the degree of independence in activities of daily living (ADL) and/or the quality of life for 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

Stratified, randomized, controlled trial of 78 patients at a single center. Patients were randomized according to the side of hemiparesis.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized to receive daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy with sensory stimulation (acupuncture) twice a week for 10 weeks or daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy alone. Treatment was initiated at least 4 days but no more than 10 days after stroke onset. Acupuncture was given on both the paretic and nonparetic sides.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Motor function, balance, and ADL (Barthel Index) were assessed before the start of treatment and at 1 and 3 months after stroke onset; ADL was assessed after 12 months; quality of life (QL) was assessed using the Nottingham Health Profile 3, 6, and 12 months after stroke onset.