Natural and Alternative Stroke (CVA) Treatment Options

Stroke (CVA) Treatment {introduction}

Stroke occurs when the flow of blood to a section of the brain is suddenly cut off or when a blood vessel ruptures, spilling blood into or around the brain. When this happens, brain cells begin to die, causing numbness or tingling on one side of the body, sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or seeing out of both or one eyes, dizziness, headache, and other symptoms.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Stroke.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Stroke (CVA)

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

Herbal Formulas for Stroke (CVA) Available From Our Store

Herbal Formulas

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Xin Nao Xue Shuan Wan - Stroke, Headache, Numbness, Fatigue Herbal Formula
Xin Nao Xue Shuan Wan - Stroke, Headache, Numbness, Fatigue Herbal Formula

Uses: Stroke, Headache, Numbness of the Extremities,Fatigue. Xin Nao Xue Shuan Wan, "heart thrombosis pills", is a modern Chinese herbal medicine specially formulated to maintain...

Zhong Feng Hui Chun Wan - Stroke, Bells Palsy Herbal Formula
Zhong Feng Hui Chun Wan Stroke Recovery, Palsy Herbal Formula

Uses: Stroke Recovery, Bell's Palsy.  Zhong Feng Hui Chun Wan, literally "Stroke Recovery Pills" in Chinese, promotes blood circulation to remove blood stasis, relaxes muscles and tendons...

Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Stroke (CVA) related articles

Below are articles related to this condition submitted by our practitioner members. See our practitioner member section for all articles.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:54am

    Some cognitive decline is expected with aging.  Mild cognitive impairment, however, is an early middle ground between the more serious dimension and those changes that are expected with aging.  Some of these changes may also be brought on by vascular changes such as head trauma or a stroke.  In western medicine the medication nimodipine is used to help patients recover from stroke and other vascular issues with the brain and has been researched and used as a way to slow cognitive decline.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 09/25/2012 - 3:34pm

    Acupuncture has long been used and studied clinically for stroke recovery.  Within the field there are many differing methods many of which are effective.  Researchers from Hunan University in Changsha China recently conducted a study comparing the effects of electroacupuncture (acupuncture with electrical stimulation) vs. standard acupuncture for stroke rehab.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Mon, 05/21/2012 - 8:08am

    Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and tuina is widely used as a complementary and even primary treatment for stroke.  Particular attention has been paid to stroke recovery for which acupuncture shows particularly positive results.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 09/27/2011 - 3:10pm

    Acupuncture is becoming better and better understood in the west as time goes on but in some other countries it is already very well integrated into the "western" medical establishment.  This integration is perhaps less important - outside of mutual respect and understanding - for less significant health issues but it is crucial for the types of conditions that require aspects of both Chinese and Western systems of medicine.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 12/14/2010 - 10:03am

    A recent study published in the biological and pharmaceutical bulletin analyzed the neuroprotective effects of leonurine (yi mu cao, chinese motherwort, herba leonuri) on brain damage from a stroke (in rats). Rsearchers from the department of pharmacology at Fudan University treated rats with leonurine approximately one week before creating a stroke to see if the herbs provide any protection from damage.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Mon, 05/24/2010 - 11:44am

    A recent study from researchers at the Department of Acu-moxibustion in the College of Chinese Medicine in China looked at differences in effectiveness between using auricular, scalp, and body points in the recovery of patients who have had acute cerebral infarction (ACI).

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Mon, 08/10/2009 - 11:26am

    Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the US and the third leading cause of death. Every year strokes effect 15 million people worldwide with 5 million of those resulting in death. Of the remaining 10 million survivors at least 5 million of those will be disabled to varying degrees requiring immediate and long-term care to regain function, speech, memory, and other related impairments. Smoking, obesity, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure are important risk factors for stroke, with high blood pressure being the most strongly correlated.

  • yyh_staff's picture
    Contributor ~ yyh_staff
    Submitted On Sat, 08/19/2006 - 1:26pm

    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is widely used to aid a patients recovery from a stroke.  The first study listed below is a relatively simple one to show basic changes from acupuncture in mobility.  The second study below is a small meta-analysis of a number of studies showing positive changes.  The authors of the second study state "our observations demonstrate that patients may be more likely to remain independent and in their own homes one year post stroke if they receive acupuncture".

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Sat, 08/19/2006 - 1:24pm

    For patients who have had a stroke the single most important recommendation is to not delay in seeking acupuncture. Muscular/facial paralysis, speech problems, urine/stool issues, etc. can all be helped significantly with acupuncture. When patients seek acupuncture within the first few months after a stroke, results often come much sooner and a more systemic when compared with people who come months or years later.

Forum posts related to Stroke (CVA)

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  • Edtachyon's picture
    Submitted On Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:20pm
    Contributor ~ Edtachyon


    I have a lady coming to me next week who suffered a stroke 3 years ago. The symptoms of Central post stroke pain, begain some time after. 

    I only have limited information as I will get more her full history and go...

  • Raf's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:19am
    Contributor ~ Raf


    I'd like to ask a question, when someone is treated with acupuncture for a stroke (after 3 month since the episode) how should be the feeling of the afected side? is it normal to feel pain for few days after treatment? Is it the...

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  • Elineki's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 08/13/2012 - 7:00am
    Contributor ~ Elineki

    I am currently searching for information regarding (post) stroke related fatique and Chinese acupuncture treatment in these for my dissertation.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for research?

    Thank you so much if you could help!...

    Comments on this post (5)

  • gforce1's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 12/08/2011 - 3:41am
    Contributor ~ gforce1
    I am currently writing my dissertation on scalp electroacupuncture for motor recovery following stroke. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with this? There is some debate as to if it matters which side of the scalp is needled, any thoughts...
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    In the case of stroke, Chinese medicine plays both a preventative and a rehabilitative role. In its prevention role, Chinese medicine is used to treat many of the common risk factors for stroke, such as hypertension and diabetes. In its rehabilitative role, Chinese medicine is used to treat the effects of stroke.

    Acupuncture Points for Stroke (CVA)

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.

    Professional Practitioner Information

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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Stroke (CVA)

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Stroke (CVA)

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    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Stroke (CVA)

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    Western Herbs and Stroke (CVA) Medical Information

    Western herbs for Stroke (CVA)

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    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Stroke (CVA) - Western Medicine Information

    Below you will find general Western Medicine information relevant to this condition.