Acupuncture Assists Recovery


I am not an acupuncturist. The treatment described in this post may, or may not, be legal in all locations, and it may not result in the desired change. Check with your primary care physician to determine if acupuncture is right for you.


2014-0916 HealthCMI scalp-brainAcupuncture helps patients recover from brain injury related paralysis. Anhui University of Medicine researchers randomly divided patients into an acupuncture group and a control group. The control group received conventional rehabilitation therapy only. The acupuncture group received acupuncture plus conventional rehabilitation therapy. A comparison of patient outcomes at 30, 60 and 90 days following treatment reveals that the acupuncture group demonstrates significantly superior clinical improvements.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are blows or jolts to the head or are due to a penetrating head injury. There are over 1.5 million brain injuries reported every year in the United States. The US military reported that 266,000 service members sustained traumatic brain injuries between 2000 and 2012. Most TBIs are categorized as mild. Common causes of mild TBIs are blasts, vehicle accidents and blows to the head. Symptoms included headaches, dizziness, exhaustion, cognitive impairment and memory loss. Most severe TBIs are categorized as moderate, severe and penetrating and may involve paralysis or severe motor dysfunction.

The researchers compared recovery progress between the acupuncture group and the conventional therapy control group after 2, 4 and 6 courses of treatment. The acupuncture group consistently outperformed the control group and the differences grew bigger as the treatment proceeded. Based on the clinical data, the researchers concluded that acupuncture combined with conventional rehabilitation can significantly help patients with brain-injury related paralysis in their recovery process.


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