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Stroke and Acupuncture: The evidence for effectiveness

In the West interest in the possible effect of acupuncture on stroke has been increasing over the last five years with much of the recent research being carried out in the Scandinavian countries and the USA. Traditional Chinese medicine claims that the symptoms of stroke and its sequaelae respond well to acupuncture treatment. Known as "wind-stroke", such treatment involves either the use body points alone, with or without electrical stimulation, or the combination of body points with scalp acupuncture (Chen 1993). In China many studies have compared different techniques and point combinations. Often very large numbers of patients are involved, for instance Ge (1992) treated and assessed 684 patients with sequelae of stroke at the Air Force Hospital in Shengyang. more from British Acupuncture Council

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