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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 80-86

An overview of acupuncture in stroke recovery: A narrative review


1 MossRehab, Elkins Park, PA, USA
2 Wellspan Health, York, PA, USA
3 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA, USA
4 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Temple University/MossRehab, Elkins Park, PA, USA
5 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, TIRR, Houston, TX, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ning Cao
MossRehab, 60 Township Line Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_19_20

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Acupuncture has been used in stroke recovery in Eastern countries from ancient times. Increased interests and attention have been paid to understand how this oriental practice works for stroke patients in Western medicine. In particular, the effort has been made to study whether adjunct use of acupuncture to standard rehabilitation treatment could potentially further improve recovery after stroke. Therefore, in this comprehensive review of most recent literature, we are able to summarize some convincing evidence on beneficial effect of adjunct acupuncture treatment on poststroke recovery in the domains, including dysphagia, poststroke pain syndrome, and spasticity. Furthermore, some limited emerging evidence in the areas of motor recovery, insomnia, cognitive impairment, and depression is reviewed as well. This comprehensive review intends to provide insights about the potential clinical application of acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation and its future research direction.


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