September 29, 2010

Does Acupuncture Work for Stroke Victims?

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Acupuncture is a new growing trend among healthcare treatments. It is used as treatment for nearly every ailment, disorder, and injury, but this study has shown acupuncture is not effective for treating stroke victims.

Acupuncture is usually used as an alternative form of rehabilitation for stroke victims, even though its effectiveness was always uncertain. The study was the most valuable knowledge to date about acupuncture and stroke. It included 10 studies, evaluating 711 stroke victims.

"Few randomized, sham-controlled trials have tested the effectiveness of acupuncture during stroke rehabilitation," Dr. Edzard Ernst, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, England was quoted as saying. "The majority of the existing studies do not suggest that acupuncture is effective." The authors also said that the only two studies noting that acupuncture was effective were highly biased and had poor reporting, which made them nearly invalid.
"The evidence from rigorous studies testing the effectiveness of acupuncture during stroke rehabilitation is negative," the authors concluded. Although acupuncture has done miracles for certain disorders and ailments, there doesn't seem to be any reliable evidence showing that it is effective for stroke victims.

SOURCE: CMAJ, published online September 28, 2010