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Neurological disorders

Neurological disorders encompass a diverse array of conditions that intricately affect the network of cells and nerves in the human brain and spinal cord, resulting in disruptions to the normal functioning of the nervous system. These disorders exhibit a broad spectrum of symptoms, ranging from subtle cognitive impairments to profound physical disabilities.

Individuals grappling with neurological disorders may encounter challenges related to movement, sensation, speech, and cognition. Notable examples of the impact of neurological disorders are evident in stroke rehabilitation, where individuals strive to regain lost functions, and conditions like Bell’s Palsy, which temporarily paralyse facial muscles.

By integrating early intervention with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments and Western therapeutic modalities, we can establish a more comprehensive approach that is essential for elevating the quality of life for individuals affected by neurological disorders.


Stroke can be caused by either haemorrhage or thrombosis. A haemorrhage occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures in the brain, whereas thrombosis occurs when a clot is formed and blocks the blood supply to the brain. The occurrence of either will cause oxygen-deprivation in parts of the brain, resulting in damage to brain cells and therefore affecting abilities controlled by those areas of the brain. Early stroke rehabilitation plays a vital role in helping the patient recover bodily functions.

How does TCM help stroke patients during rehab?

Acupuncture can help to improve the blood circulation in the brain, which boosts oxygen supply in the affected areas. It also helps to dissipate blood clots so as to speed up recovery.

When should I start treatment?

While the patient is still warded, western medication and physiotherapy will be administered to the patient during their stay. TCM treatment can commence when the patient is discharged from the hospital.

The golden period for recovery is within the first six months of the stroke. A minimum of two treatments per week is recommended for faster results. After the initial six months, 1–2 treatments per week should suffice, depending on the patient’s condition. Your physician will advise on the frequency of treatment upon your first consultation with us.

During the TCM treatment period, patients may continue with physiotherapy if needed. However, it is recommended to have the TCM rehab and physiotherapy session on separate days to prevent the patient from becoming too tired.

Bell's Palsy

Bell’s palsy or “Deviated mouth and eye” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is one of the most common disorders affecting the facial nerves, resulting in weakness or paralysis on one side of the face. The paralysis causes distortion of the face and interferes with normal functions, such as closing the eye, eating and drinking.

Common Bell’s palsy treatments in Traditional Chinese Medicine include herbal medications to manage conditions relating to the nervous system and gentle massages on the afflicted areas of the face to help alleviate the ailment. At Thomson Chinese Medicine, our physicians also utilise acupuncture treatment to help treat patients with Bell’s palsy.

Read here to find out how TCM acupuncture can help.

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