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Abstract #3020

Therapeutic Effect and fMRI Study on the Acupuncture combined with Language Rehabilitation to Aphasia Patients from Brain Stroke

Jun Chen 1 , Jinhuan Liu 1 , Zihu Tan 2 , Ni Li 2 , Yilin Zhao 1 , Dongjie Huang 1 , Qizhong Xu 1 , and Liang Zhang 1

1 Department of Radiology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, 2 Department of Geriatrics, Hubei Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Sudden changes of the brain could signify some underlying dangers for the patients with aphasia from apoplexy. Therefore, rapid detection of sudden changes of the brain is crucial for survival. Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modality that is practiced in many parts of the world for a variety of ailments1. The efficacy of acupuncture is already accepted for postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. The acupoints are arranged on so-called meridians, which represent a network of channels each connected to a functional organic system. However, the scientific basis of acupuncture remains unclear. Functional MRI (fMRI) is an established clinical diagnostic method as well as an indispensable tool in clinical research2. It has been utilized for language and other cortical function localization3, which can significantly improve our understanding of the functions of different language center. This work focused on analyzing the rehabilitative action involved in acupuncture and the early phase fMRI signal to evaluate the underlying neural recovery.

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