Recovery From Illness or Injury

Surgeries – Back, Knee, Hip, Stroke Rehab, Cancer, Auto Accidents, Sports Injuries

Studies show that acupuncture opens blood vessels for better flow and decreases clotting and inflammation, allowing healing of the surgery site to take place.   ~ Russ Erickson, MD

Acupuncture For Stroke Treatment – by Russ Erickson, MD

“Acupuncture therapy for stroke-caused conditions such as paralysis, speech and swallowing problems, and depression is commonly used in the Orient. In China and Japan, an acupuncturist is likely to start therapy as soon as possible after a stroke. However, my recommendation is a delay of 2 weeks before acupuncture for strokes caused by bleeding in the brain, 10 to 20% of strokes (instead of the usual blood vessel block or clot). The wait is due to studies showing that acupuncture opens blood vessels for better flow and decreases clotting and inflammation. These effects are desired early when arteries are blocked, but after a stroke caused by bleeding has occurred, it is safer to wait until the bleeding blood vessel has clotted and is unlikely to bleed further before providing the acupuncture.

Does acupuncture really work to help stroke victims improve? Many studies involving thousands of patients have been published in China and Japan, and 2 of 3 studies from Scandinavia, demonstrated significant help. These studies indicate:

• patients get well faster
• perform better in self-care
• require less nursing and rehabilitation therapy

Acupuncture is a safe therapy, and my experience has taught that this is especially true when helping stroke victims. Even discomfort is generally minimal. If one compares the possible positive help to be obtained with the risks associated with acupuncture, my contention is that acupuncture is worthy to attempt for stroke therapy.”

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