Acupuncture as a Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to treat pain, stress, and other conditions. Chinese culture has put acupuncture to use to balance the flow of energy or life force through the body (1). 

Though it’s not a proven treatment, acupuncture has been used as a complementary therapy to treat cerebral palsy (CP). This means that acupuncture has been used in conjunction with other types of basic therapies, including intense physical, occupational, and hydro-therapies. 

One study focused on what benefits acupuncture can offer as a complementary therapy. The study split 200 children with cerebral palsy into two groups. Half of the children were in the control group, meaning they were treated with only rehabilitation training. The other 100 children were in the treatment group, meaning they were treated with both rehabilitation training and acupuncture therapy (with 13 specific acupoints points of what’s referred to as the Governing Vessel chosen as the acupuncture points) (2). These 13 points have been referred to as the clearing of the Governing Vessel. 

The analysis tested the following:

  • CT scan to view structures of the brain
  • MRI to view structures of the brain
  • Motor function observation

The effective rate of medical care was found to increase by 55% in the control group and 87% in the treatment group. This meant that rehabilitation training was beneficial to the children with CP, but rehabilitation training combined with this type of acupuncture was more beneficial still (2). 

One meta-analysis studied several randomized controlled trials that compared the results of rehabilitation training with acupuncture with rehabilitation training on its own. The analysis showed that acupuncture improved gross motor function and total therapeutic efficacy when combined with rehabilitation training (3). However, due to small sample sizes and lack of controlled trials available, further randomized controlled trials should be done to determine the efficacy of acupuncture to treat CP. 

These results reveal that acupuncture in conjunction with other rehabilitative therapies may be helpful for some patients with CP. Further studies are necessary, however, to determine the details of the acupuncture administered and the therapies that should be the foundation of these treatments.

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cerebral palsy (CP) was established to focus exclusively on cerebral palsy (CP) cases. A “birth injury” is any type of harm to a baby that occurs just before, during, or after birth. This includes issues such as cerebral palsy (CP), cerebral palsy (CP), and cerebral palsy (CP). While some children with birth injuries make a complete recovery, others develop disabilities such as cerebral palsy (CP) and cerebral palsy (CP).

If a birth injury/subsequent disability could have been prevented with proper care, then it constitutes cerebral palsy (CP). Settlements from birth injury cases can cover the costs of lifelong treatment, care, and other crucial resources. 

If you believe you may have a birth injury case for your child, please contact us today to learn more. We are happy to talk to you free of any obligation or charge. In fact, clients pay nothing throughout the entire cerebral palsy (CP) unless we win. 

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  1. “Acupuncture.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 3 Mar. 2020,
  2. “Acupuncture Eases Cerebral Palsy – CT/MRI Research.” HealthCMi CEUs, 6 July 2013,
  3. Li, L. X., Zhang, M. M., Zhang, Y., & He, J. (2018). Acupuncture for cerebral palsy: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Neural regeneration research, 13(6), 1107–1117.