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Author (up) Li, X.; Wang, Q. url  doi
  Title Acupuncture therapy for stroke patients Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2013 Publication Int Rev Neurobiol Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 111 Issue Pages 159-79 Lid - 10.1016/B97  
  Keywords *Acupuncture Therapy; Animals; Humans; Stroke/*therapy; Oto – Notnlm; OT – Acupuncture; OT – Ischemia; OT – Preconditioning; OT – Rehabilitation; OT – Stroke  
  Abstract Acupuncture is one of the most important parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been used for more than 3000 years as prevention and treatment for various diseases in China as well as in adjacent regions, and is widely accepted in western countries in recent years. More and more clinical trials revealed that acupuncture shows positive effect in stroke, not only as a complementary and alternative medicine for poststroke rehabilitation but also as a preventive strategy which could induce cerebral ischemic tolerance, especially when combined with modern electrotherapy. Acupuncture has some unique characteristics, which include acupoint specificity and parameter-dependent effect. It also involves complicated mechanism to exert the beneficial effect on stroke. Series of clinical trials have shown that acupuncture primarily regulates the release of neurochemicals, hemorheology, cerebral microcirculation, metabolism, neuronal activity, and the function of specific brain region. Animal studies showed that the effects of acupuncture therapy on stroke were possibly via inhibition of postischemic inflammatory reaction, stimulation of neurogenesis and angiogenesis, and influence on neural plasticity. Mechanisms for its preconditioning effect include activity enhancement of antioxidant, regulation of the endocannabinoid system, and inhibition of apoptosis. Although being controversial, acupuncture is a promising preventive and treatment strategy for stroke, but further high-quality clinical trials would be needed to provide more confirmative evidence.  
  Address Postgraduate Department of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China ; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, West China Medical School, West China Hospital Sichuan University, 37 Guoxue Xiang, Wuhou District, Chengdu  
  Publisher (c) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  Notes Date of Input: 6/25/2015; Date Modified: 10/1/2015; Priority: Normal; Department of Anesthesiology, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, China.; eng; Web: Approved no  
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