Stroke is defined in Oriental Medicine as wind stroke. Wind’s onset is rapid, and symptoms and signs can change location quickly. Wind strokes can be differentiated into two basic types according to the symptomology:

  • Strokes which affect only the acupuncture channels, or
  • Strokes which affect the internal organs as well as the channels. This is more serious.

For the greatest recovery to be realized, strokes need to be treated as soon as possible after the event with acupuncture and physical therapy. The longer the period between the event and treatment the more difficult it is to estimate recovery potential. From this perspective it is still worth trying a few sessions of treatment even if it has been an extended period of time since the event, because good results can be obtained. Generally, the most successful treatments have occurred when the event was treated within the first three months following the stroke.