Sometimes parents are curious about how alternative medicine can help children with disabilities. We are not doctors, but there is a study that is starting in China about the use of a particular type of acupuncture to help improve the motor function of children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy News Today reports.
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The trial’s design was published recently. Acupuncture has gained credence for some things in Western medicine, though the West’s explanation for its effects is linked to changes in chemical signals to the muscles and nervous system. There have been some studies that show that acupuncture can ease pain and improve cognitive and motor functions in children with CP.
A particular type of acupuncture involving the scalp and a modern understanding of brain anatomy is now undergoing testing. It’s called Jiao’s scalp acupuncture and this is the first time a high-quality randomized controlled trial will be done to see how well it works.
A children’s hospital in Shanghai will recruit 100 children ages 1 to 6 to receive the treatment and routine rehab or rehab alone. They will receive treatments three times a week for 12 weeks. No drugs will be used to treat their cerebral palsy during the trial.
The researchers will use several standard forms of measuring motor function and level of disability to see if the treatments work during the trial and after a follow-up period. The end of recruitment is expected to be finished at the end of 2021.