Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. TBI can be classified based on severity, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury) or area of incidence.
Traumatic brain injury is a common occurrence in athletes or victims of violence, and can result in loss of cognitive, behavioural and physical ability. TBI requires extensive medical care and rehabilitation, and in severe instances, patients can face death or remain permanently comatose.
The Chinese treatment of “Tie Dar” was specifically formulated by martial artists for warfare uses during the various Chinese dynasties, and was designed for quick and effective recovery in soldiers. This method of TCM identifies such injury as qi and blood stagnation, and treats these injuries with acupuncture and herbal medicines.
A stroke (cerebrovascular accident, CVA, cerebral vascular accident or brain attack) occurs when a part of the brain is damaged or destroyed because it Is deprived of blood supply.
Ischaemic stroke is most common, and is caused by a blockage of the blood vessels supplying the brain. This can be due the hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) or by a blood clot in a blood vessel.
Haemorrhagic stroke is a more severe type of stroke, occurring when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to leak and damage an area of the brain. A subarachnoid haemorrhage occurs in the space around the brain, and the more common intracerebral haemorrhage involves bleeding within the actual brain tissue.
Research has shown that acupuncture is useful in nerve regeneration and recovery of stem cells in the brain following cerebral damage. Acupuncture assists in angiogenesis – the physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels.
All of our patients recover from stroke in a short amount of time when properly treated with this practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Autism encompasses ‘classic’ Autism disorder, as well as Asperger’s syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PPD-NOS). Autism is generally regarded as a lifelong developmental disability, characterised by difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities.
TCM attributes autism to both congenital factors and acquired dystrophy, and it can be treated through nourishment of body, balancing of yin and yang, strengthening of physical and mental development and resetting meridian channels.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment of autistic children seeks to allow them to be able to lead a normal social life whilst retaining their extraordinary gifts, enabling them to achieve maximum realization of their potential.