Acupuncture As Stroke Treatment Doesn't Stick

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According to the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), acupuncture, the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes has not proved to be beneficial in the treatment of recovering stroke victims.

Dr. Edzard Ernst, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, England and coauthors reviewed trials that have been published in English and Asian journals to determine if that, even though acupuncture is often used to supplement traditional stroke rehabilitation, is it clinically effective.

Ten studies were reviewed, looking at 711 patients who had strokes and were taking measures to treat post incident symptoms.

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