A Traditional Chinese Alternative to U.S. Hospitals

For about $20,000, recovering stroke victims can spend three months in China getting acupuncture, massage, and other treatments. And it might just help

For more than two years, Ruth Lycke made little progress recovering from a stroke she suffered in November, 2001, when she was 42. Lycke, a former nurse and paramedic from Green Mountain, Iowa, was left with limited mobility on her right side and difficulty in speaking. She underwent extensive occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy, all paid for by her insurance company, but she didn't get well. In order to get around, "I had to throw myself from one piece of furniture to another," she recalls. By early 2004, what little progress she had made started slipping away. "I was tested, and I had actually gone backwards," Lycke says.

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