Bell's Palsy, Stroke Recovery Support
On this page you can find a brief discussion about Bell's Palsy and stroke according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.ell
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel.
Chinese medicine can be very helpful for Bell's palsy and stroke recovery support. The length of treatment is usually extensive. Both Bell's palsy and stroke benefit more if treatment is taken early on. Bell's palsy and stroke happen as a result of the following imbalances:
- Qi and blood stagnation
- Wind blocking channels
We use acupuncture and herbs to open the affected channels, disperse qi stagnation, break up blood stagnation, move qi and blood, and expel wind. Continuing stimulation by acupuncture helps to keep the energy channels open and assist blood circulation to the affected areas to revive motor and sensory capabilities.
The initial course of treatment is 12 weekly sessions. Continuing maintenance is necessary and usually extensive. Chinese medicine treatment can be effective for stroke recovery but results are not quick.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.