Paralysis is the loss of muscular function in a part of the body, caused by damage to the muscles themselves or to a part of the nervous system. There are many diseases that cause these symptoms, including muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, diabetes, polio-myletis, and multiple sclerosis. The most common cause is stroke, which is caused by a hemorrhage (bleeding) or blood clot in the brain.
Hemiplegia is paralysis of one side of the body resulting from damage to or disease of the part of the brain that controls the motor nervous system. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. Stroke is the most common cause of this disease. After a stroke, the limbs are, at first, limp, but they soon become stiff and may suffer cramps.
Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower limbs, often accompanied by problems controlling the rectum and the bladder.
Treatment should be directed toward increasing circulation and muscle strength. Shiatsu and exercise can be helpful.
Full body shiatsu with special emphasis on the affected area is necessary. Additionally, attention should be paid to the neck, spine, and kidney areas.
With the receiver lying face down, press, near the spine, the area from the shoulders down to the end of the shoulder blade. Hold each point for 3-5 seconds. Repeat many times.
Do the same type of treatment in the area near the kidneys.
Due to the causes of stroke, either hemorrhage or blood clots, the foods which help to promote these conditions must be eliminated. These include saturated fats like those contained in meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as sugar and other expansive (yin) foods. The standard macrobiotic diet will gradually dissolve the deposits of fat and cholesterol. Mineral rich foods like seaweeds and hard, green leafy vegetables will restore the blood vessels to their normal strength and flexibility. Oil use should also be limited, with occasional use of sesame, toasted sesame, or corn oil preferred.