Tuesday, 02 April 2019 09:48

Acupuncture for stroke- perceptions and possibilities - Nicky Robinson

Stroke is a major cause of mortality and disability in the UK. In China, acupuncture used is routinely used as an intervention in post stroke care is rarely mentioned in the west. There is some evidence from Cochrane reviews which suggests that acupuncture may improve aspects of daily living including  neurological function and swallowing. Given the heterogeneity of stroke symptoms and the growing general evidence for the use of acupuncture for pain, depression and anxiety, acupuncture may provide a useful cost effective option for post stroke care rehabilitation. This British Acupuncture Council funded study has 2 aims, firstly to explore whether any international clinical guidelines recommended acupuncture for stroke patients and secondly to ascertain the perceptions and views of BAcC acupuncturists and NHS healthcare professionals (who work with stroke patients) regarding the use and feasibility of introducing traditional acupuncture into post stroke care.  Results from the study will be presented and recommendations for the future suggested.