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Acupuncture for hemiparesis

The treatment of hemiparesis occupies a major place in acupuncture clinics in China. Hemiparesis after a cerebral insult has a better prognosis than post-traumatic hemiparesis.

Paresis after poliomyelitis can also be treated successfully. Personal experience in the treatment of spastic paresis shows a significant reduction of the spasm in 30% of patients. Early treatment of paresis after cerebral palsy has especially good results. Even in long-standing paresis amazing improvements are often achieved.

According to Chinese ideas a pronounced deficiency disturbance is present in paresis, accompanied by a blockage of Qi and blood. Pathogenic internal wind disturbance is also often found. The large intestine and stomach channels are primarily affected, i.e., the Yang-Ming, so that points on them are mostly indicated, with deep needling into the muscles. Electrical stimulation intensified the effect of acpuncture and counteracts musular atrophy. Moxibustion is also useful for pronounced cold and weakness symptoms and provides supplementary tonification for the wedakened patient.

In the treatment of paresis acupuncture is carried out for two or three cycles of treatment, each of ten to 12 sessions. If there is no success of treatment after one cycle, scalp acupuncture should be tried.

By G Stux.

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