ACUPUNCTURE FOR STROKE
- CAUSE, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
by Joanna Zhang, L.Ac, Ph.D.
What cause it?
There are various reasons that could induce stroke. From the clinical view point, most stroke cases are caused by the interior reasons. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it can be summarized as: deficiency (Yin deficiency, Qi deficiency), fire(liver fire, heart fire), wind(liver wind, external wind), phlegm(wind phlegm damp phlegm), Qi (circulation of vital energy in wrong direction), stasis(blood stasis). In western medicine, the major precipitating factors are: depression or angry emotion, improper diet, excessive fatigues, climate change, obesity, high blood pressure, the concurrent illness such as diabetes and TIA( Transient ischemic attack) etc., oral contraception, genetic factor etc..
What are the symptoms?
According to the severity of illness and the depth of disorder site, stroke could be classified in two categories: stroke that affects channels and collaterals and stroke affects viscera. In general, most patients?consciousness remains unchanged, major clinical symptoms are: faint fall by accident, facial paralysis involving eye and mouth, unsmooth speech, hemiplegia, hemianesthesia, dizziness,
How to prevent?
1. Treatment of existing medical condition
There are various medical conditions can cause stroke, such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood viscosity, obesity, cervical spondylosis. As high blood pressure is the most dangerous factor that induces stroke, blood pressure regulation is the key step in stroke prevention. In addition, closely monitoring blood pressure is necessary for timely prevention.
2. Pay attention to precursor symptom and sign
Precursor signs of stroke include dizziness, headache, limb numb, comatose and drowsiness, character abnormality etc. Once minor stroke occurs, the patient should come to clinic for timely diagnosis and treatment.
3. Eliminate precipitating factor
Maintain a clam and happy mood and avoid unstable emotion. Avoid overly fatigue and strenuous work. Maintain healthy lifestyle to lead regular routine life of work and rest. Maintain healthy digestive function, avoid a dramatic increase in blood pressure due to forcibly defecate, which could induce cerebrovascular disease.
4. Diet and nutrition
It is proper for patients to take diet with low salt, low fat and low cholesterol; it is better to have more bean products, vegetables and fruits. Avoid smoking and alcohol. Add fish to diet at least three times a week, especially fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, or taking fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids could regulate blood condition so that it is less likely to form the blood clots, thus preventing cerebral infarction.
5. Precautions in daily activities
Patients should adjust to the environmental temperature gradually; the indoor air conditioning temperature should be comfortable for patient and not too high. Patients should avoid sudden moving from high temperature environment to low temperature environment (especially for the elderly). Keep warm in outdoor activity in winter. Patient with stroke history should be careful and avoid falling down. In addition, some daily movement such as sitting up from bed, bending down to tie shoes, etc., should be slow. Bath time should not be too long.
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