Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults. There are mainly three types of stroke: transient ischemic attack (TIA), ischemic stroke, and hemorrhagic stroke.
In China, acupuncture can be performed after acute onset of stroke, even when patients are unconscious. In the United States, most stroke patients receive acupuncture after they are discharged from hospitals. For stroke rehabilitation, the sooner acupuncture can be provided, the more effective it is. It can be incorporated with physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy simultaneously.
Acupuncture can help to improve balance, reduce spasticity, increase muscle strength, and alleviate joint pain. It can enhance the overall physical and mental wellbeing and functional independence of stroke patients.
Acupuncture can be done in different parts of the body based on individual needs. Patients can be sitting or in a lying down position. Electro-acupuncture may provide additional benefits. Dr. Zhou is well trained and very experienced in scalp acupuncture, which has been proven to be a more effective method for stroke recovery.