VIRAL HOAX: Dangerous Hoax – ‘A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim

VIRAL HOAX: Dangerous Hoax – ‘A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim

There is a circulating health ‘tip’ claims that pricking the fingers and earlobes of a stroke victim with a needle to release blood can save the victim’s life and lead to a full and rapid recovery.


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Brief Analysis

The information in the message is not only wrong, but potentially very dangerous. Blood letting as described will not help a stroke victim to recover in any way and may in fact make matters worse. There is no scientific basis for the claims in the message and the technique described is certainly not recommended or endorsed by health authorities. And the claim that victims should recover from the stroke symptoms before being taken to hospital is breathtakingly irresponsible and could lead to the death or permanent injury of the patient due to the unnecessary delay in proper medical treatment.


Subject: NEEDLE CAN SAVE THE LIFE OF A STROKE PATIENTNEEDLE CAN SAVE THE LIFE OF A STROKE PATIENT — .From a Chinese Professor .Keep a syringe or needle in your home to do this… It ‘ s amazing and an unconventional way of recovering from stroke, read it through it can help somebody one day.This is amazing. Please keep this very handy. Excellent tips. Do take a minute to read this. You ‘ ll never know, ones life may depend on youMy father was paralyzed and later died from the result of a stroke. I wish I knew about this first aid before. When stroke strikes, the capillaries in the brain will gradually burst. (Irene Liu) When a stroke occurs, stay calm.

No matter where the victim is, do not move him/her. Because, if moved, the capillaries will burst.

Help the victim to sit up where he/she is to prevent him/her from falling over again and then the blood letting can begin .

If you have in your home an injection syringe that would be the best.

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Otherwise, a sewing needle or a straight pin will do.1. Place the needle/pin over fire to sterilize it and then use it to prick the tip of all ……10 fingers.2. There are no specific acupuncture points, just prick about an mm from the fingernail.3. Prick till blood comes out.4. If blood does not start to drip, then squeeze with your fingers.5. When all 10 digits is bleeding, wait a few minutes then the victim will regain consciousness.

6. If the victim ‘ s mouth is crooked , then pull on his ears until they are red.

7. Then prick each earlobe twice until two drops of blood comes from each earlobe.

After a few minutes the victim should regain consciousness.

Wait till the victim regains his normal state without any abnormal symptoms then take him to the hospital.
Otherwise, if he was taken in the ambulance in a hurry to the hospital, the bumpy trip will cause all the capillaries in his brain to burst.

If he could save his life, barely managing to walk, then it is by the grace of GOD.

‘ I learned about letting blood to save life from Chinese traditional doctor, Ha Bu Ting, who lives in Sun Juke.

Furthermore, I had practical experience with it. Therefore, I can say this method is 100% effective.

In 1979, I was teaching in Fung Gaap College in Tai Chung.

One afternoon, I was teaching a class when another teacher came running to my classroom and said in panting, ‘ Ms Liu, come quick, our supervisor has had a stroke ! ‘ . I immediately went to the 3rd floor. When I saw our supervisor, Mr. Chen Fu Tien, his colour was off, his speech was slurred , his mouth was crooked – all the symptoms of a stroke

I immediately asked one of the practicum students to go to the pharmacy outside the school to buy a syringe , which I used to prick Mr. Chen’s 10 fingers tips.

When all 10 fingers were bleeding (each with a pea-sized drop of blood), after a few minutes, Mr. Chen ‘ s face regained its colour and his eyes ‘ spirit returned,

But his mouth was still crooked . So I pulled on his ears to fill them with blood . When his ears became red, I pricked his right earlobe twice to let out two drops of blood .

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When both earlobes had two drops of blood each, a miracle happened .

Within 3-5 minutes the shape of his mouth returned to normal and his speech became clear.

We let him rest for a while and have a cup of hot tea , then we helped him
go down the stairs, drove him to Wei Wah Hospital . He rested one night and was released the next day to return to school to teach.. Everything worked normally.

There were no ill after effects.

On the other hand, the usual stroke victim usually suffers Irreparable bursting of the brain capillaries on the way to the hospital. As a result, these victims never recover. ‘ (Irene Liu)Therefore, stroke is the second cause of death. The lucky ones will stay alive but can remain paralysed for life.

It is such a horrible thing to happen in ones life.

If we can all remember this blood letting method and start the life saving process immediately , in a short time, the victim will be revived and regain 100% normality.


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Detailed Analysis

This circulated “health advice” message that has been passed around via email, the blogosphere and social media websites since at least 2003 is total nonsense and has no scientific or medical merit whatsoever. In fact, the spurious claims in the message are potentially very dangerous and acting on them could actually cost a stroke victim’s life or cause the ongoing effects of the stroke to be significantly worse than need be.

In a post on the NeuroLogica Blog, respected American clinical neurologist Dr. Steven P. Novella notes:

First let me dispense with the claims that are made – primarily that minute bleeding through finger or earlobe pricks will prevent permanent damage from a stroke.

There are actually several kinds of stroke. The term refers to the presentation of symptoms – stroke-like or sudden in appearance. The two main types of stroke are hemmorhagic and ischemic. Hemmorhagic strokes are caused by bleeding into the brain. Ischemic strokes are caused by lack of blood flow to a portion of the brain, and are further divided by the cause of the blockage. Ischemic strokes can also secondarily bleed from the damage to the brain tissue and its blood vessels.

There is no situation in which all of the capillaries in the brain burst – this is not part of a stroke. The closest thing to this that actually occurs is that an ischemic stroke may subsequently bleed, but there is no evidence or any plausible reason to think that any of the things mentioned in this e-mail would lead to or prevent secondary bleeding.

Further, pricking the fingers or earlobes would cause (thankfully) a negligible amount of bleeding and would not in any way affect the stroke victim’s hemodynamics. And if it did,that would just worsen the stroke by decreasing brain perfusion and oxygen delivery.


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The last thing a stroke victim needs is someone stabbing at his or her face and fingers with a needle, especially when said stabbing will not help in the slightest. But, the most concerning part of the message is its advice to wait until the victim has recovered from the initial stroke before taking him or her for medical treatment. This statement is irresponsible in the extreme and taking heed of it could have dire consequences. Dr Jose Vega, writing on strokes for an article, explains:

The email conveys multiple unfounded ideas about stroke, but by far the most dangerous one of all is the suggestion that people should not be taken to a hospital until all their symptoms are resolved, on the grounds that “all the capillaries in the brain will burst on the way to the hospital”. This statement is untrue and totally irresponsible. When it comes to stroke every minute that you stay away from the hospital counts against you. After all, tPA, the most effective treatment available for stroke, must be given within 3 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Thus, even if you are into bloodletting, should you ever suspect that you or someone you know might be having a stroke, do yourself a favor and call the ambulance immediately.

The false ideas described in the message may have been fueled in part by the results of a 2005 study at Tianjin College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The object of the study was to “observe the effect of blood-letting puncture at Twelve Well-Points of Hand on consciousness and heart rate in patients with early apoplexy” . The results of the study suggested that “Blood-letting puncture at Twelve Well-Points of Hand can improve the consciousness and raise the systolic pressure in patients of the mild injury team”. However, it is very important to note that the patients who participated in the study were already properly diagnosed and hospitalized and the seemingly positive results only applied to the “mild injury” group. The article certainly does not advise or even imply that such a bloodletting technique should ever be used at home on stroke victims in place of seeking immediate medical treatment.

Moreover, while blood control techniques such as hemodilution have been considered as possible treatments for strokes, results have typically shown no improvements for stroke impact or tend to be inconclusive. Certainly, no credible medical reports have ever recommended blood letting as a stroke first aid treatment . Nor do any legitimate descriptions of stroke treatment recommend that patients be left until the stroke symptoms have dissipated before being taken for medical treatment.

A fact sheet about stroke first aid published on the Mayo Clinic website notes:

Seek immediate medical assistance. A stroke is a true emergency. The sooner treatment is given, the more likely it is that damage can be minimized. Every moment counts.

Thus, this potentially life threatening misinformation should not be forwarded, or shared. If you receive this message, please do not send it on. And please take the time to let the sender know that the information it contains is dangerously inaccurate.


tPA is a medication that dissolves blood clots. It is called a thrombolytic agent or more commonly referred to as the “clot buster.” It is an intravenous or IV medication usually given through a catheter inserted into a vein in the arm. (Stroke Association. Org)



 Hoax-Slayer References

A Needle Can Save the Life of a Stroke Victim
The Claim: Pricking a Stroke Victim’s Fingers Can Help Delay Symptoms
Needle Nonsense for Stroke
E-mail re: bloodletting as treatment for acute stroke—delete please!
Effect of blood-letting puncture at twelve well-points of hand on consciousness and heart rate in patients with apoplexy.
Stroke: First aid



Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain

Stroke used to rank fourth in leading causes of U.S. death. Now it’s fifth.

The higher survival rates are largely due to medical treatment advances. The right care — right away — can save both lives and quality of life.

The type of treatment depends on the type of stroke

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Clot-busting or clot-removal for ischemic stroke

Medication Treatment with Alteplase IV r-tPA

  • Considered the gold standard,tissue plasminogen activator (or Alteplase IV r-tPA) is the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes.
  • When promptly administered, it can save lives and reduce the long-term effects of stroke.
  • Alteplase IV r-tPA is given through an IV in the arm, also known tPA, and works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow.
  • Alteplase IV r-tPA needs to be used within three hours of having a stroke or up to 4.5 hours in certain eligible patients.
  • Many people miss this key brain-saving treatment because they don’t arrive at the hospital in time for alteplase treatment, which is why it’s so important to identify a stroke and seek treatment immediately for the best possible chance at a full recovery.


Mechanical Treatment to Physically Remove the Clot

Mechanical Treatment to Physically Remove the Clot

  • Physical removal of a large blood clot, called an endovascular procedure or a mechanical thrombectomy, is another strongly recommended treatment option.
  • Thrombectomy allows trained doctors to use a wire-cage device called a stent retriever to remove a large blood clot.
  • To remove the clot, doctors thread a catheter through an artery in the groin up to the blocked artery in the brain. The stent opens and grabs the clot, allowing doctors to then remove the stent with the trapped clot.
  • Special suction tubes may also be used to remove the clot.
  • The procedure should be done within six hours of acute stroke symptoms and only after a patient receives alteplase.
  • Patients must meet certain criteria to be eligible for this procedure.


Stopping the bleeding in a hemorrhagic stroke

When a weakened blood vessel ruptures and spills blood into brain tissue, it’s called a hemorrhagic stroke. The most common cause for the rupture is uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure). There are two other types of weakened blood vessels that can also cause hemorrhagic stroke: aneurysms (swellings within vessels) and arteriovenous malformations or AVMs (abnormal tangles of blood vessels).

Mechanical Treatment

  • A small tube called a catheter can sometimes be threaded up through a major artery in an arm or leg and guided into the brain tissue, allowing the surgeon to use camera technology to help fix the problem.
  • Once the catheter is guided to the source of the bleeding, it deposits a mechanical agent, such as a coil, to prevent further rupture.
  • This type of procedure is endovascular, meaning that the surgeon gains access via the vascular system, making it less invasive than conventional surgical treatment.
  • Sometimes surgery is required to secure a blood vessel at the base of the aneurysm.

Recovery and Risk Reduction to Prevent a Second Stroke

Treatment to Maximize Recovery

  • Your medical professional can tell you which treatment options you are eligible for and address any concerns you may have.
  • Steps taken after your stroke are important in helping you achieve the best possible recovery and independence.
  • number of types of therapy may be prove helpful in post-stroke recovery.
  • Some people are left with disabilities that may linger permanently.
  • Learn more about effects of stroke that may be treatable during recovery.
  • Visit our Life After Stroke section for support and to learn more.

Treatment to Lower Risks of Having Another Stroke


Stroke Association.Org


Nursing Diagnosis for  Myasthenia gravis 

Throbotic, embolic, and hemorrhagic strokes. Don’t give rt-PA to hemorrhagic strokes, this increases the bleeding. With thrombotic and embolic strokes keep the BP up, with hemorrhagic just monitor BP.

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First responders need to get help urgently because there is a 4.5 hours golden period for reperfusion therapy. However, this only applies to ischemic stroke. For those not familiar with stroke, medical personnel generally refer to stroke as cerebrovascular accident (CVA). It is mainly classified into Hemorrhagic stroke which refers to a bleed or Ischemic strokewhereby the blood circulation to the brain is compromised which in turn causes damage to the affected brain region. Reperfusion therapy allows for the return of circulation to the affected brain region thus minimizing further damage and in turn allows for better outcome. (


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