Case Study of Acupuncture treatment for transient ischaemic attack (TIA) recovery

Case Study of Acupuncture treatment for transient ischaemic attack (TIA) recovery

What is a stroke?

A stroke is the result of blood supply to a part of the brain being suddenly cut off. The brain cells need a constant supply of oxygen from the blood. If the blood supply is restricted for long enough, the cells in the affected area of brain become damaged and die. A stroke is sometimes called a brain attack. If the blood supply is temporarily restricted but returns before any permanent damage is done it is called a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), or ‘mini-stroke’.

What is a mini-stroke?

  • A mini-stroke is a set of symptoms similar to a stroke but the person recovers within 24 hours.
  • It is due to a temporary lack of blood to a part of the brain. The medical term is a transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
  • Normally a TIA is caused by a tiny blood clot that becomes stuck in a small blood vessel (artery) in the brain. This blocks the blood flow and a part of the
    brain is starved of oxygen for just a few minutes, and soon recovers.
  • Unlike a stroke, the symptoms of a TIA soon go. However, you should see a doctor urgently if you have a TIA, as you are at increased risk of having a full

Case Study of TIA recovery

Acupuncture & TCM treament was provided Adil Adilijiang, R.Ac TCM, RMT.

Our patient is a 70 year old female. She presented with hypertension. She hypertension was being controlled with anti-hypertensive medication for many years.

Our pateint attended a wedding and did not bring her anti-hypertensive medication. She attended the wedding with her daughter,  aregistered nurse, nociced that her left side eyelid dropped after the wedding. They proceeded to hospital emergency for assessment. Medical asessment determined that  that she had suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which caused her to experience right side eyelid dropped and double
visions. Our patient reported that her symptoms bothered her activities of daily living. She experienced difficulty walking and driving.

Our patient reported that three weeks following her TIA epsiode, the process of scheduling a CT examination began. She was informed that her wait time for a CT scan evaulation could be 3 weeks; she could then followup with a neurologist consultation once scans were complete. Her followup with a neurologist could require a wait time of an additional few months.

Our patients daughter contacted New Balance Chiropractic Clinic seeking acupunncture treatment intervention; given the wait time involved for detailied imaging and specialist medical assessment.

Acupuncture treatment intervention began I started intervention began on April 19th, 2022. Treatment frequency in this case began with acupuncture treatment visits 3 times per week for 1 week.

Treatment involved low frequency electro-acupuncture for 30 minute with scalp acupuncture for 30 minute, each visit for two weeks. Treatment frequency was then reduced to two times a week for another 2 weeks. Our patient followed up with maintenence treatments 1x a week for 3 weeks.

After 13 acupuncture treatments, our patient experienced improvement to her eyelid drop and double vision symptoms (see pictures below). She expressed improvements to activities of daily living.  She regain her ability to read and walk. She regained the ability to drive on the high way without troubling. Her treatment plan ended in June 2022.

She is booked for a neurologist appointment for mid September 2022.

Before Acupuncture Treatment                 After Acupunture Treatment 


About the Acupuncturist

Adil graduated from Xinjiang Medical University of TCM and earned his bachelor degree of medicine in 2004, and received master degree from the faculty of TCM in the same university in 2007. Then he worked as TCM doctor in Xinjiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital for one year. After that he continued his PhD program and earned his degree in pharmacology in 2011. During his ongoing PhD research, he awarded scholarships from university of Vienna in Austria, and participated in an exchange research program from 2009-2010. During 2012-2014, he served as postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry department in university of Manitoba, and continued his research in major depression as a visiting scholar in the University of Alberta in 2015.

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