Recent research has shown that acupuncture may reduce the risk of stroke for patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, is a serious public health concern, and its connection to acupuncture had never before been examined.
The retrospective study, conducted at Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, involved 7,409 TBI patients who received acupuncture and 29,636 TBI patients who did not. Both cohorts were monitored from 2000 through 2010, while the association between acupuncture treatments and stroke risk was investigated by sex and age. To ensure more accurate results, the researchers sorted for sociodemographics and preexisting medical conditions.
TBI patients with acupuncture treatment (4.9 per 1,000 people) indicated a lower incidence of stroke compared with those without acupuncture treatment (7.5 per 1,000). Taking gender into account, the risk for men who received no acupuncture went from 7.9 per 1,000 compared to 5.2 per 1,000 of those receiving acupuncture. Women without acupuncture had an incidence of 6.5 per 1,000, while those with the treatment had an incidence of 4.6.
The Taiwanese research is promising because the sample size is large. By prickling needles underneath the skin, acupuncture helps channel new energy in the body.
According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year, and the majority of all strokes occur in people older than the age of 65. For seniors, acupuncture treatments could be a fruitful method to help keep strokes at bay.
More acupuncture benefits
As it turns out, acupuncture mitigates several different phases of the stroke process. Investigators found that combing acupuncture with conventional medications decreases post-stroke depression. Researchers pointed out that acupuncture paired with medications improved limb function, decreased post-stroke syndrome and enhanced serum biochemistry. The participants who had both acupuncture and medication had significantly better patient outcomes than the medication only and acupuncture only groups.
Ilchi Lee's connection to overcoming post-stroke problems
Ilchi Lee, an author, holistic educator and founder of mind-body practices, knows that a stroke is a severe medical condition, and recovering from it can be a long process. In fact, he has first-hand experience with helping people jumping its hurdles. When Lee began teaching in South Korea, his first student was a man recovering from a stroke. Through meditation and exercise, the the student helped return to normal activities.
Both exercises and acupuncture treatment spur new energy in the body and stimulate blood flow.