By Karina Jacobsen
In recent years many stroke patients have begun to turn to ancient Chinese medicines and cures to help them recover from their stroke. They use these along with modern medications and treatments as well. Alternative medicine does seem to have some great effects on stroke patients and has helped them to fight fatigue and also has helped to ease the tension in their muscles as well.
Many people who have suffered from a stroke have been left with permanent problems that keep them from taking part in activities that used to be normal for them. This can include activities such as speaking, being able to walk, seeing, reasoning, remembering, and understanding concepts. There are many treatments that can help stroke patients and some of these treatments actually use a mirror to get visual clues so that patient can receive help.
Once Chinese form of alternative medicine that is being used to treat stoke patients is acupuncture. Acupuncture uses a special machine to stimulate needles that have been turned into specific places in the body. While many doctors in the past have disagreed on the effectiveness of acupuncture, more and more studies are showing that acupuncture does have some great benefits. Today acupuncture is more widely accepted in the medical field and many doctors are seeing the great benefits it has to offer.
Acupuncture basically offers electrotherapy and is supposed to help balance the energy in the body. When acupuncture has been used on stroke patients within the first year after their stroke it has been found to be very effective. Acupuncture has helped to improve their speaking and other motor skills, as well as the way the blood circulates through the body. When a stroke occurs, it is because of lack of blood flow to a certain part of the brain, and this causes tissue damage in the brain, which is permanent. Many stroke patients lose many of the abilities they used to have and this becomes very frustrating to them. Rehabilitation is a very important part of stroke recovery, and using acupuncture as a part of this rehabilitation can provide wonderful benefits to stroke patients.
Although acupuncture is relatively new to many peoples’ thinking, it has been around for hundreds of years, originating with the Chinese. Modern medicine has found that acupuncture does have many benefits if it is done correctly. If you are a stroke patient and you decide to turn to acupuncture for help, be sure that you have it done by someone that is licensed to do it. You do not want to go to just anyone, but want to find someone who has a great reputation, so they can help you and not hurt you.