A meta-analysis carried out by Chinese authors suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of patients with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) caused by stroke. Meta-analysis using data from 72 RCTs (6134 patients) showed that acupuncture was more effective than no-acupuncture, although study quality was generally rated as low. The authors conclude that the evidence justifies future high-quality studies. (A meta-analysis of the efficacy of acupuncture in treating dysphagia in patients with a stroke. Acupunct Med. 2012 Dec;30(4):291-7).