Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Stroke
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, stroke is not just considered an illness of the brain. Stroke affects the meridians, other organs and blood vessels as well. It can be caused by internal and external influences that induce a buildup of Qi and blood and create a high pressure state, which ultimately leads to a stroke. This condition is similar to the understanding in Western Medicine which high blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. Western Medicine also suggests stroke can be caused by other factors such as smoking, heart disease, obesity, high blood cholesterol level and diabetes.
There is less incidence of stroke in China than western countries, and also greater recovery of function after a stroke. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner believes that this is the result of the differences in diet, lifestyle and post-stroke treatment.
Preventing a Stroke
Tai Chi is a proven way of lowering blood pressure and stress-related chemicals in the body. (Tai Chi) A healthy diet should be high in fiber and low in fat, sugar, and dairy products. Ginkgo Biloba is a useful Chinese herb that helps to prevent stroke. Research indicates that Ginkgo Biloba improves blood circulation, strengthens mental capacity, lowers plasma cholesterol concentrations and can prevent stroke and heart attack.
How to use: Ginkgo Biloba is available in many different forms including tea, extract, powder and capsules.
Acupuncture is the most popular treatment for stroke patients in China. It can help stroke recovery by making the nerve pathways regenerate quicker by sending strong signals along the pathway. Acupuncture also helps circulation of Qi and blood, bringing healing nutrients to the affected area. Many studies have shown acupuncture to improve stroke recovery. On the other hands, many claim that there is no benefit from acupuncture. You should choose licensed and experienced acupuncturists who have studied in China as part of their clinical trainings.
Researcher suggests that regular massage lowered blood pressure and heart rate in stroke patients, and also eased anxiety. Massage can help with stress reduction and combat feelings of depression that are common emotional health concerns of stroke patients. For both mental and physical well-being, keeping stress and depression under control is an important part of stroke recovery.
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