For too long, acupuncture therapy has been seen as some exotic, foreign pseudo-science without proven medical benefits. 3TAcupuncture Clinic of Kent, WA, the Seattle area's foremost destination for acupuncture and pain management, rejects this notion with a case for acupuncture benefits in stroke rehabilitation.
Acupuncture in stroke treatment is commonly used in Asia. In China and Japan, an acupuncturist tends to start as soon as possible after a stroke. For the 10-20% of strokes caused by brain bleeds, Western acupuncturists favor waiting two weeks before starting treatment. As it is safer to wait until the bleeding blood vessel has clotted and unlikely to bleed further, studies have shown acupuncture opens blood vessels for better flow, decreasing clotting and inflammation.
The suggested amount of acupuncture treatment for stroke rehabilitation is still up for debate. In China, acupuncture is done on a daily basis. Western physicians believe that three times a week therapy is the best approach.
Studies have also emerged to prove the viability of acupuncture therapy for stroke victims. However, since the majority of these studies come from China, there has been reluctance in Western medicine to accept their findings. A tendency for publication bias from the Chinese medical community - selectively publishing studies with highly favorable results - does not meet American standards for medical research. With the significant funding required in order to conduct studies in the United States, there is a lack of Western physicians willing to produce medically acceptable research on acupuncture benefits.
This is unfortunate, as acupuncture is a safe therapy that is particularly effective in helping stroke victims and causes minimal discomfort. Although adding the recommended two to four weeks of thrice-weekly treatments would add to the cost of care in stroke rehabilitation, the results would vastly overshadow the concerns.
As true believers and expert practitioners in acupuncture therapy, 3T Acupuncture Clinic will provide extra special care for you or your loved one's stroke rehabilitation, pain management, or acupuncture for arthritis. Combining the best of both worlds, their trained acupuncturists use the best of traditional Chinese medicine with global acupuncture techniques to vastly improve your health. To arrange an appointment, please call 3T Acupuncture Clinic at (253) 850-1111.