Acupuncture for stroke victims
According to the American Health Association around 500,000 to 750,000 individuals have strokes each year in the US, making strokes the third leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of long term disability.
Asian countries such as China and South Korea, where acupuncture and oriental medicine originated have also seen a huge number of stroke cases which are often treated with traditional medicines and treatments such as those mentioned above.
A recent report into the usage of traditional medicine in China and South Korea actually found that ‘stroke’ is the second most common reason for seeking acupuncture, as it is thought to help stroke patients recover quickly and more completely in terms of motor and sensory function as well as overall physical functioning.
Alternative and complementary medicines such as acupuncture are fairly new concepts to many individuals in the UK, as although they have been around for many years, awareness of these therapies is only just beginning to spread in the Western world. If you would like to find out more about acupuncture please visit our fact-sheet.