Acupuncture and SCI Motor Recovery

Ms. MB’s daughter Irene has a friend, Marcus, who does acupuncture treatment. Marcus claims he can facilitate recovery of the SCI paralysis through acupuncture treatment.
Patient asks you about acupuncture to improve their recovery from SCI. What is the evidence?
1. The use of concomitant auricular and electrical acupuncture therapies when implemented early in acute spinal cord injured persons may contribute to neurologic and functional recoveries in spinal cord injured individuals with AIS A and B.

Figure 3. Acupuncture needles being inserted into a patient’s skin. Permission granted by Kyle Hunter, 2007. 

For more information please see: Complementary Alternative Therapies (CAM).