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Cerebral apoplexy
Listed : [2001-07-06, 10:00:29]


A. Definition of Cerebral Apoplexy

General symptoms, which people with hypertension or arteriosclerosis (hardening
of artery) experience before an attack of paralytic stroke, are known as cerebral
apoplexy. Without proper treatment, poor prognosis is expected. In some cases,
it may lead to death.

B. Cause

Paralytic stroke, in oriental medicine, is known as cerebral apoplexy, or stroke
in western medicine. Generally, paralytic stroke targets adults 40 years of
age and older with hypertension or arteriosclerosis. Paralytic stroke indicates
sudden alterations in cerebral arteries. The alterations include:

· 1. Cerebral hemorrhage: bleeding of cerebral arteries

· 2. Cerebral thrombosis: arteriosclerosis of cerebral arteries

· 3. Cerebral infarction: ischemic condition of cerebral arteries

Paralytic stroke is common in everyday life, thus familiarity with its symptoms
is important in preparing for its attack.

C. Symptoms

Common symptoms of paralytic stroke a few hours prior to its attack include:

· Darkening of vision with a feeling of chest oppression

· Tightening of posterior neck musculature, occipital headache

· Nausea, urge to vomit

· Trembling of hands and body

· Dizziness

· In severe cases, violent body spasm that leads to loss of consciousness
can be observed. Its duration can be short or up to 20 - 30 minutes.

D. Treatment

Paralytic stroke attacks so quickly that it yields a better prognosis if a
victim treats his or her own body promptly. It is crucial to detect its symptoms
quickly and give proper treatments to patients. Emergency pricking method can
prevent paralytic stroke or even death. Time is of the essence when treating
paralytic stroke!

· Pricking points: Shixuan (Ten Declarations), Erjian (Apex of Ear),
Tip of Tongue.

· Method: Insert needle 2mm from Shixuan (Ten Declarations). Draw blood.
Stop if symptoms disappear. If symptoms continue, resume with next treatment

· Once symptoms have stopped, give the patient a sedative. If symptoms
have not completely disappeared after all treatment points, call 911.

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