To Whom this may Concern
About a month ago, my father was diagnosed with acute Left CVA (commonly called stroke) affecting the left temporoparietal lobe (language area) of his brain. The etiology was presumed to be atherosclerosis. A dislodged fragment from an unstable cholesterol plaque in his arteries had occluded his left middle cerebral artery thus causing an infarction in the territory of the brain it supplied. The deficit resulting from this injury was a Wernicke’s (sensory) aphasia also called fluent aphasia. Prior to the CVA, my father was independently taking care of his finances and investments. After the stroke, he had gross inability to comprehend language, as well as impairment in his reading and writing ability. He had trouble finding words (or anomia) and a worsening insomnia. Upon seeing a neurologist, he was started on medications to treat atherosclerosis and hence prevent any recurrences. We were also told that his deficits would slowly resolve over a year as his brain circulation improved and neuronal remodeling occurred.
As a daughter and a physician, this was a challenging predicament for me.
Upon searching the internet and talking to my colleagues from China, I learnt about the role of acupuncture in acute stroke and approached Dr. Madhusudhan Aggrawal. After a through evaluation of my father’s medical history, Dr. Aggarwal decided to pursue a combination of body and scalp acupuncture on my father. The duration of each such treatment was 40 minutes and their frequency was about 4 times a week. After completing eight such treatments my father has reported improvement in the quality and depth of his sleep. We have also noticed an improvement in his comprehension of verbal speech as well as his attention span and memory. His general disposition also appears more positive now. I am thankful and appreciate Dr. Aggarwal’s valuable knowledge of acupuncture and wish him success in his future endeavors.
Manisha Ahuja M.D