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Especially in China, people use acupuncture of post stroke treatment. Back in 90’s when I visit China’s traditional medicine hospital in Shengyang in Liaoning province, about 80 percent of patients I had seen there were post stroke patients. And there was a movie called “9000 Needles” in 2009 which is a movie about patient who traveled from U.S. to China seeking a care for post-stroke treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It is not as easy as being China to receive treatment for post-stroke issues where you will be treated all day everyday, but you still can seek a benefit from the treatments that we provide at Yamamoto OM Clinic.
Here is an article that I found today;
20 JANUARY 2013
New research shows that a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine increases the recovery of stroke victims. The Sichuan Academy of TCM conducted research on 240 post-stroke patients with flaccid limb dysfunction in a single-blind, randomized, controlled study. The patients were separated into four groups. The first group received acupuncture, herbs and standard rehabilitative therapy. The second group received only acupuncture. The third group received only Chinese herbal medicine therapy. The fourth group received standard rehabilitative therapy but neither acupuncture nor herbal medicine.
Acupuncture TreatmentThe results demonstrated that acupuncture and herbal medicine are safe and effective. More importantly, the researchers discovered that the combination of acupuncture, herbs and standard physical rehabilitative therapy is significantly more effective for the treatment of post-stroke flaccid limb dysfunction than using only standard physical rehabilitative therapy as a standalone approach to care.
This research is in concordance with many other studies to have been published within the last year. Another recent study finds that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of shoulder pain following a stroke. In a review of 453 randomized controlled studies, researchers discovered consistent and clinically significant evidence that “acupuncture is an effective treatment for shoulder pain after (a) stroke.”
Zhou, J. W., et al. “[Post-stroke flaccid limb dysfunction treated with the comprehensive therapy of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and rehabilitation: muti-center randomized controlled trial].” Zhongguo zhen jiu, Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 32.12 (2012): 1057.
Jung Ah Lee, Si-Woon Park, Pil Woo Hwang, Sung Min Lim, Sejeong Kook, Kyung In Choi, and Kyoung Sook Kang. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. September 2012, 18(9): 818-823. doi:10.1089/acm.2011.0457.
Most of people in the U.S. start with western medication and Physical Therapy after stroke. Because in many case that one of the main issues after stroke is paralysis which is making patients limbs very flaccid with atrophy. This article is based on a research that clearly showed significant difference to comparison group which did not use Acupuncture and Chinese medicine along with P.T.
Very often, many patients ended up coming to see us after all the PT are done for three month or so. I do recommend to do Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in a early stage of treatment as well. Sooner the better. On the other hand, once it is after a year or more. It is very challenging and very difficult.
Post-storoke is a very stressful time to both a patient and family members. We’d love you to have a quicker out come rather than going through long frustrating time.
Takashi Yamamoto, L.Ac.