All randomized controlled clinical trials of acupuncture for vascular dementia published in Chinese or English will be included in the study, review, non-randomized studies, case reports, and retrospective studies will be excluded.

All patients diagnosed with VD will be included in the study, and the diagnostic criteria will be based on the definition of vascular dementia formulated by NINDS/Airen Clinical Criteria for the Diagnosis of Vascular Dementia, CCDVD. Age, sex, course of disease, severity of illness, nationality, race, and duration will not be restricted.

The intervention measures of the experimental group included common acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, acupuncture, ear, electro acupuncture acupoint catgut embedding, used alone or combination of any 2 methods, or in combination with western medicine which should be the same as that of the control group. Laser acupuncture, bee venom acupuncture, acupoint application, bleeding and acupressure will be excluded. Acupuncture manipulation, frequency and duration will not be subject to special restrictions. The control group will use conventional western medicine or different acupuncture methods from the experimental group.

The main outcomes are the vascular dementia Assessment Scale (VADAS-COG) and the Simple Mental State Examination (MMSE) scale and adverse events (rash, itching, pain, etc.).

The Secondary outcomes will include:

Activity of Daily Living (ADL)

Blessed dementia scale

Hastgawa Dementia Scale (HDS)

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