Study on the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of stroke patients in the subacute stage

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To determine whether acupuncture treatment of stroke patients in the subacute stage gives additive therapeutic benefit one year after discharge from the rehabilitation hospital.

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

Stratified, randomized, controlled trial of 45 patients at a single center. Stratification was by gender and side of hemispheric localization of lesion.

Patient Involvement

All subjects received an individually adapted, multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. The acupuncture group received additional treatment with classical acupuncture for 30 min three to four times weekly for six weeks.

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Motor Assessment Scale (MAS) for stroke patients, Sunnaas Index of Activity of Daily Living (ADL) and Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), social conditions. Assessments made at inclusion, 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 1 year after discharge.