Acupuncture at Waiguan improves activation of functional brain areas of stroke patients

(Neural Regeneration Research) Both acupuncture at Waiguan and sham acupuncture can activate/deactivate several brain regions in patients with ischemic stroke, but there are some difference in Brodmann areas 4, 6, 8, Brodmann areas 7, 39, 40, Brodmann areas 18, 19, 22 and Brodmann areas 13, 24, 32, 28. Most studies addressing the specificity of meridians and acupuncture points have focused mainly on the different neural effects of acupuncture at different points in healthy individuals.
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(Natural News) Good news for stroke victims undergoing rehabilitation: Chinese researchers have reported that acupuncture could improve the recovery of stroke survivors. Their recent trial showed that the traditional treatment improved many functions that were disrupted by an acute ischemic stroke. There are millions of stroke survivors in China and around the world. Most of them did not...
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(Natural News) A Chinese experimental trial sought out more positive effects of acupuncture when applied during early rehabilitation of patients who suffered from acute ischemic stroke. It confirmed that the unconventional treatment benefited the patients and reduced the dysfunctions associated with stroke. The study was supported by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. It was published in...
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This study will provide evidence of the preliminary effects and inform future sample size calculations for studies of acupuncture for constipation following an ischemic stroke. These findings will inform subsequent large-scale randomized controlled trials.Trial registrationISRCTN,22214747. Registered on 17 August 2015.
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Publication date: Available online 20 August 2018Source: European Journal of Integrative MedicineAuthor(s): Chaobo Zhen, Yaguo Lee, Hu Bin, Wu JiongAbstractIntroductionAcupuncture and electroacupuncture have been used as treatment approaches to improve the motor function of stroke patients. This was a comparative effectiveness study was carried to compare the efficacy of electroacupuncture and acupuncture (needling alone) on motor function recovery in patients who had experienced a cerebral ischemic stroke.MethodSixty cases were randomised into electroacupuncture group (EAG) and an acupuncture needling alone group (AG). Th...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Wu P, Zhou YM, Liao CX, Tang YZ, Li YX, Qiu LH, Qin W, Zeng F, Liang FR Abstract The aim of this study was to observe the grey matter (GM) tissue changes of ischemic stroke patients, to explore the therapy responses and possible mechanism of acupuncture. 21 stroke patients were randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture plus conventional (Group A) or only conventional (Group B) treatments for 4 weeks. All patients in both groups accepted resting-state functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) scan before and after treatment, and the voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis was performed to detect the cerebra...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS Our findings suggest that inhibition of cell apoptosis via regulating multiple signaling pathways might be a mechanism whereby electroacupuncture has a positive therapeutic effect on post-stroke impairment. PMID: 29943755 [PubMed - in process]
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Source: Stroke - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Quality and Outcomes, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Ischemic Stroke Cochrane Corner Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of acupuncture pretreatment at specific acupoints on action potential of cerebellar Purkenje cells in rats early after cerebral ischemia. METHODS: Forty male SD rats were randomized into control group, ischemia group, acupuncture pretreatment group and acupuncture pretreatment plus ischemia group. The rats in acupuncture groups received acupuncture pretreatment at Baihui and bilateral Zusanli twice daily for 7 consecutive days, after which brain slices were prepared and perfused at a lowered rate to simulate in vivo ischemic stroke. Microelectrode and whole cell c...
Source: Journal of Southern Medical University - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo observe the effect of warm joint needling plus rehabilitation techniques on the balance function and quality of life (QOL) of patients with spastic hemiplegia after ischemic cerebral stroke.MethodsNinety patients with spastic hemiplegia after ischemic cerebral stroke were randomized into a rehabilitation group, a warm joint needling group and an observation group, with 30 cases in each group. The rehabilitation group was intervened by Bobath therapy, the warm joint needling group was treated with joint needling on the affected side plus warm needling, and the observation group was given the same rehabil...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This updated review indicates that apparently improved outcomes with acupuncture in acute stroke are confounded by the risk of bias related to use of open controls. Adverse events related to acupuncture were reported to be minor and usually did not result in stopping treatment. Future studies are needed to confirm or refute any effects of acupuncture in acute stroke. Trials should clearly report the method of randomization, concealment of allocation, and whether blinding of participants, personnel, and outcome assessors was achieved, while paying close attention to the effects of acupuncture on long-term funct...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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