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(Article) TCM Treatment for Stroke

TCM Treatment for Stroke

Xu Li Li , Physician


A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the loss of brain function due to either ischemia or hemorrhage. Although anyone can be a potential victim, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and smoking certainly put one at increased risk. In addition, alcohol-induced hypertension is also a major risk of hemorrhagic stroke.


TCM treatments, including acupuncture, TuiNa, and herbal remedies, are effective in assisting stroke recovery. Acupuncture stimulation is effective in inhibiting the activity of ischemic neurons. The sooner early intervention begins, the better the outcome will be. TuiNa on adjacent skin, muscles and nerves can greatly improve peripheral blood circulation, and provide pain relief. BuYang HuanWu Tang is an herbal formula to correct blood stasis and energy insufficiency. It is best for ischemic stroke patients.


It is worth noting that stroke victim needs to be kept warm most of the time. Low-sodium and low-sugar diet is encouraged. Upon returning to consciousness, medication should be continued unless otherwise noted by the physician. Under the co-management of certified TCM physician, many stroke victims can expect full recovery.