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Research from the USA has found that a 12-week tai chi (TC) intervention was more effective in reducing fall rates for stroke survivors than either strength training or usual care.

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An fMRI study by Chinese authors has found that acupuncture at Yanglingquan GB-34 can enhance functional connectivity in the brain’s default mode network (DMN) in stroke patients.

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A retrospective cohort study from Taiwan suggests that patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who receive acupuncture treatment show a decreased risk of subsequent stroke compared with those who do not receive acupuncture treatment.

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According to an overview of 24 systematic reviews and meta-analyses carried out by Chinese researchers, current evidence suggests that acupuncture may be effective for treating post-stroke neurological impairment and dysfunction

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A pilot study carried out in Korea had found that electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve post-stroke depression (PSD), and that the treatment effect varies depending on the degree of motor function impairment of the patient.

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A multi-centre RCT carried out in China has found that adding acupuncture to conventional treatment does not result in any additional benefit for patients with subacute stroke.

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A meta-analysis carried out by Chinese authors suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of patients with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) caused by stroke.

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Chinese researchers have found electro-acupuncture at points on the head to be helpful for increasing neuroplasticity in cerebral motor regions following ischaemic stroke.

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A large multicentre RCT from China has found that acupuncture plus conventional care was similar in effectiveness to physiotherapy treatment plus conventional care for post-stroke rehabilitation.

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Stroke patients who undergo scalp electro-acupuncture show better functional improvement than those who receive placebo electro-stimulation, say researchers from Brazil.

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