Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are better than aspirin for removing blood stasis in patients with cerebral infarction

Objective: To assess the clinical efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine for removing blood stasis combined with acupuncture in the treatment of sequelae of cerebral infarction.

Methods: Ninety patients with cerebral infarction admitted to our hospital from April 2018 to April 2020 were enrolled and equally allocated to an experimental group and a control group. The control group was treated with aspirin, and the experimental group was treated with Chinese herbal medicine for removing blood stasis combined with acupuncture. The recovery of the ability of daily living (ADL), recovery of hemiplegic limb function, blood viscosity, total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), and quality of life were evaluated.

Results: After treatment, the ADL of patients in the two groups witnessed a remarkable recovery, with superior results in the experimental group than the control group (P < 0.05). The hemiplegic limb recovery of the experimental group was observed to be significantly improved when compared with the control group (P < 0.05). Remarkably lower blood viscosity-related indexes of TC and TG of the experimental group compared to the control group were identified (P < 0.05). As to the total remission rate (TRR), the experimental group demonstrated a higher level than the control group (P< 0.05). The scores of quality of life of patients in the experimental group after treatment were evidently higher than those of the control group (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: Chinese herbal medicine for removing blood stasis combined with acupuncture treatment can better improve the hemiplegic limb function and the quality of life, and reduce blood viscosity of patients with sequelae of cerebral infarction.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34650764/

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