As we mentioned in previous articles, stroke is caused by uncontrolled diet that is high in saturated and trans fats resulting in cholesterol building up in the blood vessel in the brain that blocks the circulation of blood to the body, including cells in the brain. If not enough oxygen is delivered to the brain cells, some cells die off and can not reproduce, the you may have a stroke. Other strokes happen when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures causing the cells in your brain to be depleted of oxygen, so they die and never come back. In this article, we will discuss Chinese herbs and acupuncture that help to prevent stroke.
Acupuncture is the most popular treatment modality for stroke patients in China, used effectively on 85% of the stroke patients there. The recent acceptance of acupuncture by western medical practitioners allows one more effective method in curing diseases especially stroke. Study shows that acupunctures helps to facilitate nerve regeneration, decrease blood viscosity, as well as helping survival nerve cells find new pathways, effectively bypassing damaged parts of the brain resulting in reduced risk of stroke.
2. Ginkgo biloba (bai guo yee).
Ginkgo biloba improves mental functioning as well as preventing blood cells from forming blood clots in the brain. Study shows that ginkgo improves blood circulation and lowers plasma cholesterol concentrations that help to lower the risk of stroke.
Gastrodia was listed in the ancient Shennong Bencao Jing (ca. 100 AD) and was later reclassified by Tao Hong as a superior herb, meaning that it could be taken for a long time to protect health and prolong life, as well as for treating illnesses . Gastrodia is used by Chinese herbalist in treating stroke and chronic weaknesses of Qi that historically blocks the flow of blood to the brain.
4. Cinnamon bark
True Cinnamon is one form of the common spice. As we discussed before, cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar by mimicking insulin, activating insulin receptors and working with insulin in the cells to reduce blood sugar by up to 20%. Also cinnamon has some antioxidant benefits that helps to find new pathways for survival nerve cells after stroke.
Angelica can help to warm up the chest-yang to remove obstruction of blood flow in the heart vessels as well as brain vessels.
6. Dragon's Blood
Dragon's Blood is used for increased power, purification, protection, consecration, and the development of strong ritual energy. It also helps to relieve pain in the heart due to blood stagnation and stimulate blood circulation to the brain resulting in reduced risk of stroke.
There are many other Chinese herbs that can help to prevent and treat strokes such as ginger root, mantis egg case, and tortoise plastron. Please consult with your doctor before taking any Chinese herb because some of these herbs may have side effects.
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