Scalp Acupuncture: Stroke and Neurological Disorders
Scalp has been used for Stroke and Neurological Disorders in Asia with positive results for many years. There are many studies indicating the advantages and effectiveness. Click the links for more information. You can click the back button to return to this website after you have read the information.
"Stroke and Acupuncture: The evidence for effectiveness" (pdf file)
"Patients treated with electrical acupuncture had a shorter duration of hospital stay for rehabilitation and better neurological and functional outcomes than the control group had, with a significant difference in scores for self-care and locomotion" (P = 0.02).
An acupuncturist is likely to start therapy as soon as possible after a stroke. However, it is recommendation to delay 2 weeks before acupuncture for strokes caused by bleeding in the brain, 10 to 20% of strokes (instead of the usual blood vessel block or clot). The wait is due to studies showing that acupuncture opens blood vessels for better flow and decreases clotting and inflammation. These effects are desired early when arteries are blocked, but after a stroke caused by bleeding has occurred, it is safer to wait until the bleeding blood vessel has clotted and is unlikely to bleed further before providing the acupuncture.