Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,
Northamptonshire

Claudia Citkovitz

Workshop title

Acupuncture for stroke: a treatment manual for research and practice

Workshop times

Saturday 14.30-18.00

Workshop description

In this session, Dr Citkovitz will introduce participants to the manual for assessment and treatment of stroke patients that was developed and used for her PhD research. Found in Appendix C of her thesis – http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/16057/ – the manual provides a patient-centred framework for identification and prioritisation of treatment goals, as well as treatment planning within and between sessions. Stroke sequelae addressed include decreased level of consciousness, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, constipation, urinary retention, urinary and/or faecal incontinence, balance and trunk stability, and upper and lower extremity motor impairment. Chinese medical constitutional factors are discussed, with guidance for differential diagnosis as appropriate. The session will be most useful for those who have downloaded the 18-page document and (optimally) read it. Treatment of chronic stroke will be discussed, along with the associated logistical challenges and profound opportunities for helping an underserved group of people.

Speaker biography

Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, MS, LAc., has led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn since 2004, supervising 8 acupuncturists who provide inpatient care and clinical instruction in Labor and Delivery, Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and pain management. Dr. Citkovitz studied Chinese language in Beijing and acupuncture at the Pacific and Tri-State colleges in New York. An internationally known lecturer, she is an Adjunct Faculty member at the New England School of Acupuncture and teaches in other acupuncture doctoral and Master’s programs in the United States. Her PhD study on acupuncture during acute stroke rehabilitation was the first conducted in the U.S., as was her 2006 study of acupuncture during Labor and Delivery. Dr. Citkovitz is a frequent peer reviewer and Editorial Board member on journals including Acupuncture in Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore, and Meridians. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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