Search
Add Listing

List Your Practice Today! Call (877) 630-3600

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Helping to Prevent Stroke

By: Vanessa Vogel Batt L.Ac. MSOM

A stroke occurs when there is an inadequate flow of blood to the brain, causing destruction of the brain cells. When there is an interruption of blood flow to the brain, less oxygen and nutrients are delivered, causing some tissue to die and other tissue to be 'at risk' for death. However, with immediate medical attention, the risk of further harm and brain cell damage may be reduced.

Strokes generally happen quite suddenly, with symptoms being:

  • Paralysis of the body and/or face (often occurring on just one side)
  • Mental confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding what people are saying
  • Eye problems such as blurry or double vision, in one or both eyes
  • Excruciating headache (may occur with vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness)
  • Problems walking due to loss of balance

These are signs to particularly look out for if you are overweight or obese, male, over the age of 55, are of African-American descent, have a family history of stroke or are a female who uses birth control pills and estrogen hormone therapies.

But contributors to stroke are even more wide-ranging. Some diseases, medical conditions and lifestyle choices may also put someone at greater risk of stroke, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Drug use
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

While all of the above risk factors are of importance, a TIA, also known as a 'mini-stroke,' should never be ignored. Though symptoms may start strong but then stop in a short period of time without causing any obvious or lingering symptoms, physicians consider this a major warning sign that increases a person's chances of having a more severe stroke.

If you feel concerned because your pre-existing medical condition or lifestyle indicates a higher possibility of stroke, or if you have already experienced one, then this would be a good time to schedule an appointment with your acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioner. Together, you can discover what life changes you might need to make to improve your health and reduce your risk.

For example, if you suffer from high blood pressure, your acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioner may suggest foods that can assist in lowering blood pressure. Garlic, green tea and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, trout and tuna, all perform this function. Green tea has the added benefit of lowering low-density-lipids (LDL). Garlic and all the fish listed, on the other hand, can help stop blood clots from forming and reaching the brain, where they can cause a stroke to ensue.

If addiction is an issue, for instance, there are ear acupuncture protocols specifically designed to reduce cravings and thus motivate the individual to kick a habit. Your acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioner may opt for another protocol that is performed on other parts of the body with acupuncture needles. A mild exercise regime may prove helpful whether weight is an issue or not. Movement helps circulation, so simple exercises like walking backwards or swinging your arms while walking may help invigorate the mind and body.

Find an Acupuncturist near you to learn how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help ease your symptoms!

About the Author:   Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM, studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine in New York for several years. Vanessa enjoys traveling the world, and has published articles on acupuncture and Oriental medicine and related health topics for websites and publications in both the U.S. and abroad.

Search In Learning Center :

About Neurological Issues and Strokes

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Alzheimer's and Dementia Get Chronic Pain Syndrome Relief Study Shows Acupuncture is Effective for Treating Parkinsons Disease Study Shows How the Brain Responds to Acupuncture Study Finds Contralateral Needle Technique More Effective for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Study Finds Both Traditional and Electro-Acupuncture Effective for CTS Pain Relief Acupuncture Increases Brain Function for Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Study Shows Kidney 3 Acupuncture Point Improves Brain Function Pilot Study Shows Promise in Using Acupuncture for Post-Stroke Recovery Study Finds Acupuncture Reduces Fatigue for Sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Acupressure Points to Enhance Your Concentration and Memory Study Finds Acupuncture Provides Stress Relief in Elderly Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy Self Care for Peripheral Neuropathy Get Relief from Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage Acupuncture for Vertigo Symptom Relief for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Reclaim Balance and Stability with Acupuncture Acupuncture: A Viable Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Relief Acupuncture for Dizziness Oriental Medicine for Nourishing, Stimulating, or Calming the Brain Oriental Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis Relief Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Helping to Prevent Stroke Use of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as Post-Stroke Treatment Myasthenia Gravis: What It Is & How Acupuncture Can Help Find Relief from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Acupuncture Helps Restless Legs Syndrome Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Can Treat Peripheral Neuropathy Exercises to Improve Concentration Good Nutrition Boosts Brain Power Enhance Brain Function and Learning with Traditional Chinese Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Symptom Relief with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Autoimmune Disease Support Get Relief from Repetitive Stress Injuries with Acupuncture Acupuncture and Bell's Palsy Sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Find Relief With Oriental Medicine Boost Your Brain Power with Acupuncture Mental Clarity Boost Treatment of Neurological Disorders with Acupuncture Study Supports Acupuncture Effects in Pain Control Acupuncture and Multiple Sclerosis Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Acupuncture Improves Memory and Learning Capacity Acupuncture: Ancient Therapeutics for Stroke Acupuncture Treats Neurological Pain Treating Peripheral Neuropathy with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Ask The Acupuncturist

Q: How can acupuncture help me lose weight and keep it off?

A: Acupuncture for Weight Loss. How to Lose the Weight and Keep It Off with Oriental MedicineBy Joey Komada, L.Ac.www.joeykomada.com Weigh... Read More