Scalp-acupuncture for patients with hemiplegic paralysis of acute ischaemic stroke: a randomized controlled clinical trial.

Scalp-acupuncture for patients with hemiplegic paralysis of acute ischaemic stroke: a randomized controlled clinical trial. J Tradit Chin Med. 2020 Oct;40(5):845-854 Authors: Wang J, Tian L, Zhang Z, Yuan B, Zhang T, Li X, Jiang H, Du X Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of scalp-acupuncture on subjects with hemiplegic paralysis of acute ischaemic stroke (AIS). METHODS: One hundred and twenty patients with hemiplegic paralysis of 1 to 7 d post stroke, aged 40 to 75 years, were randomly allocated to receive either standard care (control group) or standard care plus 30 min of scalp-acupuncture applied to the bilateral anterior oblique line of the vertex-temporal (MS6) for 14 d (6 d/week) (trial group). The outcome measures included the National Institutes of Health Stroke scale (NIHSS) for neurological deficits, the Fugl-Meyer assessment (FMA) for limb impairment, and Barthel index (BI) for activities of daily living before and after intervention. The manual muscle test (MMT) was assessed at pre-intervention, at the first post-intervention immediately, and at the 14th day after intervention commencement. Measurements were recorded by a blinded investigator at different time points after initiating the intervention. RESULTS: The trial group had a greater increase in MMT (P
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