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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 859763, 13 pages
Research Article

Hemiparesis after Operation of Astrocytoma Grade II in Adults: Effects of Acupuncture on Sensory-Motor Behavior and Quality of Life

1Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Shenzhen City, Guangdong 518033, China
2HanseMerkur Zentrum für Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin am Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20246 Hamburg, Germany

Received 29 March 2013; Revised 26 May 2013; Accepted 28 May 2013

Academic Editor: Sookyung Lee

Copyright © 2013 Haibo Yu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on hemiparesis and quality of life for adults with brain astrocytoma grade II, we conducted a randomized, observer-blinded clinical trial. Fifty-eight patients were randomized to standard rehabilitation (SR) therapy without acupuncture ( ), SR plus standard acupuncture (SA) ( ), and SR plus individualized acupuncture (IA) ( ). SA points were PC6, SP6, HT1, LU5, BL40, and ST36, while a special concept called “connecting and regulation Ren and Du” and “Jin-3-needling” served as IA. This treatment was individualized according to the clinical syndrome. The outcome was measured by the Barthel Index (BI), the Fugl-Meyer scale (FM), and the EORTC Core Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ-C30) with the Brain Cancer Module (BCM20). IA + SR reached significantly higher BI scores than SA + SR, which reached significantly higher BI scores than SR. IA + SR was significantly superior to SA + SR and to SR at the 8th week for the scores of FM motor and sensory assessments and most QLQ-C30-BCM20 items. In conclusion, the individualized acupuncture concept of “connecting and regulating Ren and Du” combined with “Jin-3-needling” offers a promising possibility for the treatment of hemiparesis due to astrocytoma, but further evaluation is mandatory.