Effect of acupuncture combined with rehabilitation on cognitive and motor functions in poststroke patients

Xiao Bao, Li Li, Howe Liu, Hong Fei Shi, Shu Xu, Ming Hong Wang, Ju Ying Xie

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to explore the effect of acupuncture combined with rehabilitation on cognitive and motor functions in poststroke patients. All patients were divided into Group A and Group B based on different interventions (Group A: acupuncture + conventional rehabilitation, Group B: conventional rehabilitation alone). Acupuncture was conducted once a day, five times a week for 8 weeks, and rehabilitation (including physical therapy and occupational therapy) was conducted for 2 hr per session, once a day, five times a week for 8 weeks. Mini-mental State Examination (MMSE) and Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA) were used to assess the motor and cognitive functions at baseline and the end of 8 weeks. After the intervention, FMA and MMSE scores were improved significantly in the two groups (p <.05), compared with the scores prior to intervention. After 8 weeks of intervention, a statistically significant difference in the FMA and MMSE scores was observed between the Group A and the Group B. The results suggested that the combined intervention is more effective than the conventional rehabilitation alone in improving cognitive and motor functions in poststroke patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2531-2537
Number of pages7
JournalAnatomical Record
Volume304
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • acupuncture
  • cognitive function
  • motor function
  • stroke
  • traditional Chinese medicine

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