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 rehab 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 is linked to facial nerve damage causing rapid onset of facial muscle weakness.
It is the most common cause of facial nerve injury. Bell’s palsy and stroke can cause similar symptoms and it is crucial to start treatment in the acute stage. Read here to find out how TCM acupuncture can help.