Therapeutic Efficacy Observation on Scalp Acupuncture for Vasular Dementia

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Title

Therapeutic Efficacy Observation on Scalp Acupuncture for Vasular Dementia

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Journal Publication

Date

2012

volume

10(1)

pages

33-43

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Abstract

Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy of scalp acupunture for vasular dementia due to deficiency of the liver and kidney in a multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial. Methods: A total of 184 cases were randomly allocated into a scalp acupuncture group and body acupuncture group. The mini-mental state examination (MMSE), Blessed-Roth behavior scale (BBS), activieies of daily living (ADL) scale and scores of signs and symptoms based traditional Chinese medicine were used to assess cases in both groups before and after the treatment. Results: The MMSE score and improvemnt of TCM-based signs and symptoms in the scalp acupuncture grop were significantly better than that in the control group (P<0.01), while there wer no statistical differences between the two groups in BBS and ADL score (P<0.05). The marked and total effective rates of cognition improvement in the scalp acupuncture group were significantly better than that in the control group, while there were no significant differences between the two groups in improvement of social behavior and TCM-based signs and symptoms. Also, there was no significant difference between the two groups in the total effetive rate for improvement of ADL. Conclusion: Scalp acupunture can substantially improve the VD patients' activity of daily living, alleviate the TCM-based signs and symptoms and increase their mental state and scoail behavior. In addition, scalp acupunture is safe, effective and easy to operate on any postures.

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

12 Weeks

has health condition studied

Mental Disorders

has study population number

184

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