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Adding acupuncture benefits patients with dementia

Adding acupuncture to routine care can improve cognitive status and daily living of patients with vascular dementia (VaD). A total of 68 patients received either acupuncture or usual care alone. The main acupoints used were: Baihui DU-20, Sishencong M-HN1, Shenting DU-24, Shanzhong REN-17, Neiguan P-6, Zhongwan REN-12, Qihai REN-6, Xuehai SP-10 and Zusanli ST-36, with Fengchi GB-20, Fenglong ST-40, Taichong LIV-3, Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Tianshu ST-25 included as auxiliary acupoints. Acupuncture point prescriptions were individualised to each patient at the discretion of the acupuncturist. Patients received up to 21 acupuncture sessions during a period of six weeks plus routine care. Cognitive scores at the end of the six week treatment period and at four week follow-up showed that those who had received acupuncture did better than controls on tests of cognitive function, and reported less interference from dementia with their daily living activities.

Acupuncture for Vascular Dementia: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. ScientificWorldJournal. 2015;2015:161439.


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