Acupuncture for Brain Injury Treatment
Research shows that acupuncture is important for brain injury treatment. It is believed that acupuncture was used many years ago for the treatment of stroke, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as well as for rehabilitation purposes.
While there is no definite evidence that acupuncture treatments can cure severe brain injuries, studies and clinical experience demonstrate that victims of brain injury and stroke have a higher chance of recovery and rehabilitation if acupuncture treatment is used soon after the injury.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves piercing specific points on the body with fine needles to trigger the body’s production of natural pain relievers and advance therapy. Acupuncture treatment for brain injuries works by stimulating the central nervous system causing the release of chemicals into the brain, spinal cord, and muscles, helping correct the body’s imbalance.
Les Moore, a doctor of naturopathy, has seen the positive results of acupuncture therapy for sufferers of stroke. He says that while it is best to treat strokes early on, acupuncture still offers some relief some time after the stroke.
Acupuncture treatment for brain injury and stroke victims may bring back feeling and function to the body, help with amnesia, speech impairments, spasticity (uncontrolled movements), regulate blood pressure and bring an overall feeling of balance to an injured person.
While acupuncture is the common practice in China, it didn’t start gaining popularity in the United States until the early 1970s. There are now 60 accredited acupuncture schools in the country and more physicians are using acupuncture as an additional treatment. Acupuncture treatments should only be administered by licensed professionals in a safe setting such as a hospital or medical clinic.