[Observation on clinical therapeutic effect of scalp acupuncture combined with body acupuncture on apoplectic hemiplegia].

Department of TCM, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing 100730, China.
Zhongguo zhen jiu = Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 07/2006; 26(6):395-8.
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To search for the best method for increasing clinical therapeutic effect on apoplectic hemiplegia.
One hundred and twenty cases of apoplectic hemiplegia were randomly divided into three groups in order of visiting. Group A (n = 33) were treated by scalp acupuncture combined with consciousness-restoring resuscitation method, group B (n = 60) by scalp acupuncture combined with traditional acupuncture, and group C (n = 27) by traditional acupuncture. The clinical therapeutic effects were evaluated according to the scores of manner, speech, motor function of limbs, and so on.
Three cases were basically cured, 20 were markedly effective, 7 were effective, with a total effective rate of 90.9% in the group A; and the corresponding figures were 7, 28, 21 cases and 93.3%, respectively in group B with no significant difference between the group A and B (P > 0.05); and 7 cases were markedly effective, 11 effective with a total effective rate of 66. 7% in the group C with a significant difference as compared with the group A and B (P < 0.05, P < 0.001).
Scalp acupuncture combined with consciousness-restoring resuscitation method and scalp acupuncture combined with traditional acupuncture have a similar therapeutic effect on apoplectic hemiplegia, which is superior to that of traditional acupuncture.

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