Researchers from England and South Korea conducted a review of studies of th use of Acupuncture in stroke rehabilitation.
This research involved a review of studies published in English language and Asian journals, and included just 10 studies with a total of 711 patients who had had strokes. The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal
“Few randomized, sham-controlled trials have tested the effectiveness of acupuncture during stroke rehabilitation,” writes Dr. Edzard Ernst, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, England with coauthors. “The majority of the existing studies do not suggest that acupuncture is effective.”
Based upon te analysis, researchers conclude that “the evidence from rigorous studies testing the effectiveness of acupuncture during stroke rehabilitation is negative.”
In a commentary on the study, Dr. Hongmei Wu of West China Hospital, Sichuan University in Chengdu, China states “the negative effects of true acupuncture for stroke recovery based on the systematic review of sham-controlled trials by Jae Cheol Kong and colleagues should be interpreted cautiously.” Dr. Wu cautions that the study had important weaknesses; many of the included studies had small samples sizes and the quality of acupuncture which varied in the papers is related to effectiveness