Title : Application of the Chinese scalp acupuncture technique in the treatment of hemiparesis in patients post ischemic stroke: Clinical case
Ischemic Stroke (CVA) occurs when an artery is blocked and there is a lack of blood supply in a particular area of the brain (ischemia). The difference between ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke (CVA) is that in the second, there is a rupture of one or more blood vessels, not clogging. The obstruction of the artery can occur by a thrombus, which is a blood clot forming on its inner wall, or by a plunger, which is nothing more than a thrombus that travels through the bloodstream until it is trapped in a blood vessel of smaller caliber. Hemiparesis is partial paralysis of one side of the body. It is usually caused by lesions of the corticospinal area that runs below the cortical neurons of the frontal lobe to the motor neurons of the spine, which is responsible for the movements of the scles of the body and its limbs. This study aimed to demonstrate the effects of the Chinese scalp acupuncture technique in the treatment of right hemiparesis presented by a patient after a CVA. The patient was first evaluated for his motor control and later treated with the Chinese scalp acupuncture technique. The treatment initially proposed should be 20 sessions, but with only three sessions the patient was fully recovered. The final result showed that scalp acupuncture was extremely effective in treating hemiparesis of the patient.