stroke

About Stroke
  • Stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
  • In the United States, stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing about 137,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
  • Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year.
  • Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.  
  • Types of Stroke:  
    • Ischemic stroke occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic.
    • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks leaking blood into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for thirteen percent of all strokes, yet are responsible for more than thirty percent of all stroke deaths.
  • Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.

When is the best time to start acupuncture treatment for stroke rehabilitation
Traditionally, the acupuncture of stroke patient starts in sequelae stage,This practice is actually often make the patients missed the opportunities to promote the recovery.
Many clinical and experimental results show acupuncture treatment that after focal cerebral ischemia has protective effects on neurons, can reduce brain edema, reduce infarct volume. Acupuncture can inhibit ischemic neuronal apoptosis, increased ischemic brain derived neurotrophic factor synthesis or release.
Applying the methods of early intervention and making the acupuncture treatment as early as possible for the stroke patients can prevent the disease continue to develop and improve the nervous system and the compensatory ability of self-repair, accelerate natural recovery process, shorten the course, to lay a good foundation for functional recovery, reduce disability and improve the quality of life of patients, so that patients can return to the family and society for normal life.
In fact when hemorrhagic stroke is in stable vital signs the time begins for acupuncture treatment for comatose patients to promote the role of awakening. Ischemic stroke patients treated with acupuncture should be promptly carried out as soon as possible, preferably at the beginning of the disease started. Acupuncture treatment can reduce the "penumbra" pathological damage of brain cells, so that a relatively rapid recovery of patients with various bodily functions can reduce the degree of disability.
Acupuncture treatment for stroke
The general course of acupuncture treatment for stroke is 10 to 15 days and requires daily treatment. Then rest 3-7 days in between the course, according to the severity usually require treatment from 1 to 6 months or so. First month of stroke is the acute phase. from one month to six months it is the convalescent phase. six months later it becomes the sequelae stage. Generally in acute and convalescent phase acupuncture is more efficacious, and in the sequelae stage,  the effect is less. Therefore, the earlier stroke patients receive acupuncture treatment, the cure rate higher and the disability rate are lower.
Evergreen acupuncture’s special stroke treatment therapy
  • Use unique selection of acupuncture points in head and body region, open up blocked meridians, significantly increase the capability of stroke patients to handle daily living activities, as well as significantly improve their motor function and cognitive function.
  • Integrated with Chinese Herbs, the treatment improve blood circulation, repair blood vessels, help the absorption of brain edema, and promote the restore of the normal functions from hemiplegia, aphasia, crooked mouth, swallowing difficulties, numbness and other symptoms as soon as possible.  reduce or get rid of the pain and the threat of disability.
  • Use acupuncture as a regular maintenance therapy to reduce the risk of stroke.