Hi Eline , I have made a number of trips to Nanjing China in search of experience in this area . I heard about the benefits acupuncture for the treatment of stroke .I was soon convinced that acupuncture is extremely effective in the treatment of stroke and should be integrated into all rehabilitation programs for stroke patients . Again as Chad mentioned PUBMED is a great resource , have a look at both Chinese and Japanese styles and methods used in the treatment of stroke.
One contradiction I have seen where East meets West is the time a patient should wait after an episode to receive acupuncture . In China the patient is encouraged to attend the clinic as soon as possible i.e due to the rapid onset of the wind invasion. The acupunturists aim is to expel wind .Western medics prefer the patient wait 4-6 weeks before beginning treatments .
Another point to note was the number of treatments used in the Clinic. We would treat stoke patients every day for 3 - 4 weeks at a time . We saw positive changes in the patients from improved mobility , energy , decrease in muscle spasm / twitch/ involuntary muscle contraction -"clonus" , and improved Qol. Cups & heat were used in every treatment along with all the expected points .