Regular eating of foods high in saturated and trans-fat can lead to the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood vessels. The cholesterol can build up in the vessels in such a way that it eventually clogs them. This is a very dangerous condition especially if blood circulation going to the brain is blocked. If no oxygen is transported to the brain cells, some of these cells die and may not reproduce. At this instance, you may suffer from a stroke which could be fatal or cause temporary or permanent paralysis on certain parts of your body. Other strokes can occur when a rupture occurs in one of the brain’s blood vessel. This causes the affected brain cells to be deprived of oxygen, dry up and eventually die without the hope of ever regenerating again. This article will talk about how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help prevent the occurrence of stroke.
It has been documented that in China, acupuncture has been effective in treating 85% of stroke patients. It is the most wide used form of medical treatment in that country. The growing number of doctors and other medical practitioners in the West who have integrated acupuncture into their practice have now a new and powerful tool to combat dozens of diseases including stroke. Study reveals that acupuncture promotes nerve regeneration, lowers the viscosity of blood and enables the surviving nerve cells to discover new pathways, helping bypass the destroyed parts of the brain caused by stroke.
This herb prevents the blood cells from clotting in the brain and help boost the functioning of the mind. Study demonstrates that ginkgo lowers the concentrations of plasma cholesterol and boosts blood flow helping dramatically decrease the chance of stroke.
Gastrodia is an excellent herb as it helps maintain good health and promotes life extension. It also can help treat sickness. Gastrodia is utilized by Chinese herbalists in treating chronic weaknesses of Qi that can obstruct circulation to the brain. It also can treat stroke.
True Cinnamon is a type of spice. Cinnamon has incredible health benefits. Some of these benefits include helping lower your blood sugar level by mimicking insulin, stimulating receptors of insulin. It also works with insulin in the cells to lower blood sugar levels by about 20%. Cinnamon has also certain antioxidant properties that enable the remaining brain cells of stroke patients to find new neural connections.
Linda Lesperance is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine in Boca Raton, FL.