Although conventional medicine claims that surgery can be the final solution to some bodily conditions, in actual fact, any kind of surgery is another form of trauma to the body. With any trauma, the body will activate the self protecting and self healing mechanisms by growing fibrous tissues to the area that is torn, even with a scalpel. These fibrous tissues are also known as scarred tissues, which are tougher in texture and more rigid than normal soft tissues. Because of the toughness of scarred tissues, it impedes circulation or flow of any form or energy which can result in stagnations or blockages in the body. With stagnations or blockages, pain or even new problems can be experienced at the area of scarring.
However, scarring can be minimized after surgery by using various TCM methods to help upkeep circulation and blood flow and hasten the time for full recovery. Acupuncture is one of the well known modality to help with post surgery recovery, either shortening the time for wound healing or breaking down scarred tissues that have been formed over a longer period of time from the point of surgery.
Rehabilitation actually starts in the hospital as soon as possible following a stroke. The long term goal of rehabilitation is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can become as independent as possible. Usually the survivor will need to relearn the basic skills that the stroke has impaired – skills like bathing, eating, dressing and walking.
In TCM, it is said that 6 months after having the stroke is the golden period for rehabilitation. Acupuncture is the main method for post stroke management as it can help to stimulate renewal of nerves and blood vessels that are damaged. With the right stimulation to the body parts affected by stroke within the golden period, recovery of functions to the impaired area can be much accelerated and to a state almost similar to pre stroke.