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Preventing stroke is crucial to avoid serious disability or even death. The leading causes of stroke are heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and uncontrolled diabetes. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, exercising regularly, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, and taking medications as prescribed, can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. It is also important to manage stress levels and engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

In addition to these measures, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a helpful tool in reducing the risk of stroke. Acupuncture is a specific aspect of TCM that can improve overall well-being and blood circulation. Daily massage of specific acupuncture points, such as ST 36 (Zu San Li), LI 4 (He Gu), SP 6 (San Yin Jiao), and LV 3 (Tai Chong), can help prevent stroke. Acupuncture is also beneficial in stroke recovery, with acupuncturists using scalp points to address lingering symptoms. To learn more about acupuncture services at Chinese Hospital, please visit

Stroke Care, acupuncture points instruction.

If someone experiences symptoms of a stroke, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Chinese Hospitals are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission, meaning they have met rigorous standards of care and have the resources to diagnose and treat stroke patients quickly. Our teams of highly trained physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals are dedicated to providing the best possible care for stroke patients. Additionally, we partner with UCSF Neurology to provide 24/7 teleneurology services and stroke care to our patients. To learn more about Chinese Hospitals’ Primary Stroke Centers, please visit

Article provide by Vickie Ho Washington, L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist at Chinese Hospital East West Health Services and Chinese Hospital Primary Stroke Center.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. Always seek advice from your physicians or other qualified health provider.

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