Scalp acupuncture is a way of using acupuncture to stimulate different areas of the brain. It uses small needles, inserted flat, following specific lines on the scalp, depending which part of the brain is effected.
There are acupoints all over the body, including plenty on the head, but it is only with more recent technological advances that it has been possible to map the functions of different parts of the brain, and develop acupuncture procedures to deliberately stimulate areas of the brain for specific conditions.
I recently had the opportunity to learn an advanced system of scalp-acupuncture from Classical Chinese Medicine teacher Dr Suzanne Robidoux (an expert in neurological conditions) and I have been amazed at the results.
Following the work of pioneering doctors Jiao Shun Fa from Shanxi in Northern China (now in his 80s) and Dr Lin Xue Jian from Shanghai, it is possible to use scalp acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, such as:
– Movement and motion disorders and paralysis
– Disorders of sensation – pain, burning, numbness, phantom limb pain etc
– Tremors, shaking and ticks
– Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
– Vertigo, dizziness, poor balance, lack of co-ordination
– Tinnitus and deafness
– Difficulty understanding writing or speech (for instance in dyslexia, dementia or post-stroke)
– Acute or chronic digestive disorders
– Acute or chronic lung / respiritory conditions
– All kinds of pyschological and emotional conditions (depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, phobias, etc)
Scalp acupuncture is a particularly useful treatment when there is a neurological or brain-related issue, brain injury or degeneration of the brain function.
I have already started to incorporate scalp acupuncture into my Bristol & S. Wales (UK) acupuncture practices alongside ‘regular’ acupuncture, and have already noticed good effects. It’s a very different way of working, which can enhance normal body acupuncture. Feel free to drop me line if you’d like more information!