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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 98-106

Scalp acupuncture twisting manipulation for treatment of hemiplegia after acute ischemic stroke in patients: study protocol for a randomized, parallel, controlled, single-blind trial

1 Gansu University of Chinese Medicine, Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China
2 Second Hospital of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China

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Jin-hai Wang
Second Hospital of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu Province
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2468-5577.187075

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Background: Acupuncture can be used in clinical practice to promote motor recovery in patients with acute ischemic stroke and paralysis. It is an economical, safe, and effective method that can be easily implemented in clinical settings. However, although scalp acupuncture is an easy-to-perform micro-needle therapy, its efficacy in the treatment of hemiplegia resulting from acute ischemic stroke remains disputed. Methods/Design: This is a randomized parallel-controlled single-blind trial. It will be performed at the Department of Neurology, Second Hospital, Lanzhou University, China. Seventy-two patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke with paralysis will be randomly assigned to undergo 14 days of either conventional drug treatment (control group) or conventional drug treatment combined with scalp acupuncture that uses the twirling-needle method (once a day, 6 consecutive days followed by 1 day off per week). The primary outcome is the difference in National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores between just after the stroke and 14 days after treatment. Secondary outcomes include motor recovery (assessed by the Fugl-Meyer Motor Scale) and activities of daily living (assessed by the Barthel index). Discussion: Objectively evaluating the efficacy of twirling-needle scalp acupuncture in the treatment of hemiplegia after acute ischemic stroke will provide evidence for assessing whether this method can improve motor recovery from hemiplegia resulting from acute ischemic stroke. Trial registration: This trial has been registered on 11 March 2016 in the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (registration number: ChiCTR-IOR-16008083). Ethics: This trial has been approved by Ethics Committee, Second Hospital, Lanzhou University of China (approval number: 2016A-003) and will be performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, formulated by the World Medical Association. Informed consent: Written informed consent will be obtained from the patients and their relatives.

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