Acupuncture for Stroke Rehabilitation (Gold Coast)


[Evidence: Potential Positive Effect]

Acupuncture may be effective for treating post-stroke neurological impairment and dysfunction such as dysphagia (127).

Acute Stroke

[Evidence: Potential Positive Effect]

Acupuncture plus rehabilitation is superior to rehabilitation alone for acute and subacute stroke symptoms (128).

Electro-acupuncture is superior to usual care for the following medical assessment measures: Barthel Index, Fugl-Meyer Assessment, National Institutes of Health Stoke Scale, and Revised Scandinavian Stroke Scale (129).

Stroke Rehabilitation

[Evidence: Potential Positive Effect]

Acupuncture may have beneficial effects on improving dependency, global neurological deficiency, and some specific neurological impairments (130).

Post-Stroke Spasticity

[Evidence: Potential Positive Effect]

Acupuncture or electro-acupuncture significantly decreased spasticity after stroke (131).
Acupuncture improved passive resistance to stretching, degree of personal dependence and motor function (132).

Post-Stroke Insomnia

[Evidence: Potential Positive Effect]

Acupuncture superior to shame acupuncture and to medication for post-stroke insomnia (133).

Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain

[Evidence: Potential Positive Effect]

Acupuncture plus rehabilitation superior to rehabilitation alone for post-stroke shoulder pain (134).


Reviews reporting all individual RCTs or pooled effects across RCTs as positive, but the reviewers deeming the evidence insufficient to draw firm conclusions. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.

Allied Acupuncture Gold Coast Address

7a/2 Executive Drive, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220


Allied Acupuncture Gold Coast is located near Treetops Shopping Plaza, 5 minutes from the M1, just off Bermuda Street.

It is your local clinic for Varsity Lakes, Reedy Creek, Bonogin and Burleigh Waters.

Commute to work? Get a treatment on the way home while the traffic dies down.


McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition)

127. Zhang JH, Wang D, Liu M. Overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of acupuncture for stroke. Neuroepidemiology. 2014;42(1):50-8.

128. Vados L, Ferreira A, Zhao S, Vercelino R, Wang S. Effectiveness of acupuncture combined with rehabilitation for treatment of acute or subacute stroke: a systematic review. Acupunct Med. 2015 Jun;33(3):180-7.

129. Liu AJ, Li JH, Li HQ, Fu DL, Lu L, Bian ZX, et al. Electroacupuncture for Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Am J Chin Med. 2015;43(8):1541-66.

130. Yang A, Wu HM, Tang JL, Xu L, Yang M, Liu GJ. Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Aug 26;8:Cd004131.

131. Lim SM, Yoo J, Lee E, Kim HJ, Shin S, Han G, et al. Acupuncture for spasticity after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:870398.

132. Rodriguez-Mansilla J, Espejo-Antunez L, Bustamante-Lopez AI. [Effectiveness of acupuncture in spasticity of the post-stroke patient. Systematic review]. Aten Primaria. 2016 Apr;48(4):226-34.

133. Lee SH, Lim SM. Acupuncture for insomnia after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016;16:228.

134. Lee SH, Lim SM. Acupuncture for Poststroke Shoulder Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:3549878.