Acupuncture For Stroke Patients
Researchers find acupuncture highly effective and that scalp acupuncture is particularly important for post-stroke patients. Scalp acupuncture significantly boosts the effectiveness of body style acupuncture for the treatment of post-stroke facial paralysis. In a randomized controlled trial, researchers determined that the addition of scalp acupuncture to a standard acupuncture therapeutic regimen increases positive patient outcomes by over 20%. In the investigation, body style acupuncture achieved a 71.4% total effective rate. The addition of scalp acupuncture to the treatment protocol increased the total effective rate to 93.1%.  Based on the data, the researchers conclude that scalp acupuncture optimizes patient outcomes for patients with post-stroke facial paralysis.
The beneficial effects of acupuncture for the treatment of post-stroke syndrome are confirmed across multiple investigations. However, access to care is limited in the USA. Most hospitals do not provide acupuncture services by licensed acupuncturists and the effectiveness of acupuncture is linked to the immediacy of care. There is no shortage of data proving the clinical and biological benefits of immediate access to acupuncture after a stroke. However, barriers to care include underinsurance, non-ambulatory patients with transportation issues, and hospitals lacking provisions for acupuncturists to provide acupuncture therapy for in-patients.
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