Stroke Recovery with Acupuncture


  1. Had a stroke almost three years ago and we can not get my left hand arm to respond to anything, do you think acupuncture could help or has it been too long?

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      Hi Morgane,

      I always tell patients that it is better to try than not to try. Nerve regrowth does happen, and I have seen patients regain function of limbs after 2-3 years of no conscious motor control.

      In your case, it may depend on whether or not nerve & circulatory damage has been so extensive that there is muscle atrophy. In my experience if you are at the point of atrophy then recovery is much more difficult.

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to email or set up a consultation if you’d like to discuss more!

  2. Dear Paul,

    A female patient who suffered stroke 2 months ago and has urine continence. She is now relying on daily catheterization. Would acupuncture help her case?


    1. Author

      Hi Audrey,

      Possibly. I don’t have enough detail to say. She would need to schedule a consultation for me to know more.

      Is she local to southern NH? If so, she can schedule online at

      Best regards,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  3. I am 32 and i have had a stroke 6 months ago and lost the power of my left arm would accupunture work ❔

    1. Author

      Hi Tina,

      I am sorry to hear about your stroke. I wish you a speedy recovery.

      Acupuncture has been used to help many people recovery movement after a stroke. Treatment with acupuncture after a stroke typically needs to be done quickly and often to have good results, but it works very well together with physical therapy and other rehabilitation services.

      I encourage you to find an acupuncturist in your area who can help you. If you are local to the southern NH area, please consider seeing us.

      Warm regards,
      Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  4. Hello Paul
    My husband suffered an ischemic stroke in May (5 months ago) aged 47, reason unknown. Although he has recovered well physically, he does complain of a constant tingly and pinching-like feeling all down his right side, from his arm to his leg and foot. Other than this he can move freely and to look at him he looks fit and well without any obvious signs that he has had a stroke, although he is much weaker.
    He has also been left with severe expressive aphasia, both verbal and written, his emotions are very “present” and he is having regular Speech Therapy and is making slow but marked progress. We are not, unfortunately, based near you, but do you think that acupuncture could help diminish the physical tingly feeling he has and his neurone development to recover speech and writing?
    Thanks so much for your opinion.
    Best Wishes

    1. Author

      Hi Isabelle,

      Tingly or pinching feelings often occur when a nerve is partially pinched or constricted, or is undergoing some form of active healing & regrowth. It’s possible that there is some cellular debris from the stroke that is impeding nerve conduction, or that nerves are trying to remap themselves to control expanded areas of your husband’s body.

      I would expect that acupuncture could help by reducing pain and increasing mobility by encouraging his brain to better remodel after the stroke. A good acupuncturist could also use herbal medicine or dietary consulting to help repair & strengthen blood vessel walls to help avoid the possibility of further stroke.

      Best of luck with your husband’s recovery,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  5. Hi,

    My name is Magesh and I am from India. I wanted to check with your regarding my Dad’s health condition. My dad is 70 years old now and he had a stoke some 4 years back. He is also a diabetic patient and had high BP. His sugar level are quite normal right now and his BP is also normal 140-150/75-80 range.

    When he got stoke 4 years back, we took him to a neurologist who said he has got a stoke (blood clot in brain) and he gave him some tablets . He is taking the tablet quite regularly. His walking ability has come down and his memory power has also decreased. Will Acupunture help him in improving his walking and memory power ? Please advise.

    Magesh Kumar

    1. Author

      Hi Magesh,

      It may be possible that he will recover function, but I think it would be a challenge after four years. It is likely his best bet at this point is to use scalp acupuncture, as this is often used for stroke and neurological changes in the brain.

      I wish your father the best of luck in his recovery.

      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  6. Hello,

    First of thank you for helping us all!
    My father suffered a stroke 3 years ago and has a weak left side. I am looking at all options as my mother is exhausted as she takes care of him. Do you think acupunture would help him? If you could suggest a clinic in Houston, TX I would highly appreciate it!

    Thank you!

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      Hi Amber,

      Acupuncture has been used with great success to treat people with stroke, though after three years seeing improvement will be difficult.

      We do not know of any practitioners in the Houston area, but you can look at the Texas Acupuncture Association’s webpage for practitioners in the Houston area and question each of them about their experience treating stroke patients.

      Best regards,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  7. Hi Paul

    I am 45 years old, and I had a stroke five years ago. I am doing quite well now except for maintaining a sturdy balance and occasionally getting a sort of tightness,spasm if I am tired, upset or tense. I went back to work and driving also. A friend just advised to try acupuncture. what do you think? In the first 2 years I did physical and aqua therapy and then I plateaud Please advise if acupuncture would still help at this stage. Regards Giselle

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      Hi Giselle,

      I am of the mindset that there is always potential for improvement, even after 5 years. It’s hard to gauge what degree of change is possible without seeing you, but I expect that within a reasonable amount of time acupuncture could help with the tightness and spasming when fatigued, and to help improve your overall energy levels. Adjusting your balance may be possible but it would depend on what degree of control you have over your body.

      If you are in the southern NH area, please consider giving us a call for a consultation.

      Best regards for your recovery,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  8. Hi … My Dad had a cerebral hemorrhage 3 years ago. He is now 80 . He was extremely active and independent The part of the brain that was affected was balance. He still goes to physical therapy but I think he has plateaued . He walks with no help but his gait is very slow and his balance is off. Do you think that Accupunture along with physical therapy may help his balance at this point? He is motivated to get better. Thank you

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      Hi Rina,

      It’s hard to say without knowing how long ago the hemorrhage was. Also due to his age recovery might be minimal at this point, but we always believe that further treatment is worth pursuing if he’s motivated to improve.

      Best regards,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  9. Hello, I am a Cadasil (very rare disease) patient and I have suffered several TIA’s within four years. However, my speech has been challenged, my balance is terrible, bad body aches are disturbing, constant headaches daily, brainfog, confusion, blurry vision 5% of the time. Cadasil is a stroke disorder and most people (even doctors) have no knowledge of its existance). I am 49 years old in great health with no other health challenges. Based on my deficiecies, can accupuncture provide some relief in any capacity? Thank you for acknowledging my post.


    1. Author

      Hi Sharon,

      It may be possible for acupuncture to give you some relief. As Cadasil has a genetic component and involves progressive deterioration of smooth muscle tissue, acupuncture would not be curative. But it is reasonable to expect acupuncture to help with pain relief and lessening of symptoms caused by vascular deficiencies to the head.

      Best regards,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

  10. Hi my name is Tashia I have a son that had a stroke in December 2015 he was 32 at the time he lost the use of his left side we have done therapy he is now got range of motion minimum do you think this would be something good for himhe can squeeze with his hand but he cannot open it very easily

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      Hi Tashia,

      It is possible that acupuncture could help him. Neurological change after 2 years is much slower and the treatment would take longer to help him recover more function, unless he had limitation from the soft tissue around his hand rather than because of the nerves. An in-person consultation would be able to tell you more.

      Best regards,
      – Paul Mosier, L.Ac.

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