The Cochrane Collaboration
Acupuncture for acute stroke
Zhang SH, Liu M, Asplund K, Li L
No clear evidence of benefit from acupuncture in acute stroke
This is a Cochrane review abstract and plain language summary, prepared and maintained by The Cochrane Collaboration, currently published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008 Issue 2, Copyright © 2008 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.. The full text of the review is available in The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1464-780X).
This version first published online:
April 20. 2005
To assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in patients with acute stroke.
We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group trials register (last searched August 2003), the Chinese Stroke Trials Register (August 2003) and the Chinese Acupuncture Trials Register (August 2003). Electronic searches were performed in the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register
Data collection and analysis
Two reviewers selected trials for inclusion, assessed trial quality, and extracted the data independently. Authors of trials were contacted for missing data.
Fourteen trials involving 1208 patients were included.
Acupuncture appeared to be safe but