Scalp Acupuncture

Scalp AcupunctureAcupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine includes many acupuncture points on the head. As more knowledge has become available about brain function and neuro-anatomy, many advances have been made in scalp acupuncture. Several styles of scalp acupuncture are in use today. These vary somewhat in needle location, needle manipulation technique, and needle retention time. The scalp acupuncture used in this clinic is based on the style used and taught by Dr. Ming Qing Zhu, who is well known for his innovative work with strokes and other neurological problems. I find this style to be very effective and less painful than some of the other scalp acupuncture methods.

The specialized scalp acupuncture used at Desert Sands involves the insertion of short, thin, disposable needles between the skin of the head and the skull. Specific areas of the head are used for particular ailments since different parts of the brain control different areas of the body. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left brain controls the right side of the body, so the needles are placed accordingly. Once inserted, the needles are gently manipulated while the patient or acupuncturist moves or massages the affected limb or specific area of the body. The patient may be instructed to concentrate on the area that is being manipulated, for greater movement of the body’s energy to that area.

Scalp AcupunctureStudies indicate that insertion of acupuncture needles trigger the brain to release endorphins (natural pain killers) and other neuro-hormones to help the body heal. It is believed that manipulation of the needle intensifies this effect, giving quick, and often very effective, results. In addition, the movement produces vibrations that can stimulate the underlying areas of the brain. This makes scalp acupuncture especially effective for neurological conditions.

Unlike most acupuncture used for points on other areas of the body, the scalp needles are sometimes left in place for up to 72 hours for continued therapeutic effect. The patient is often given exercises to perform at home between treatments. Breathing techniques may be included.

BrainScalp acupuncture is used for a large variety of medical conditions and is particularly helpful for chronic and acute pain and neurological problems such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Meniere’s disease, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s. This scalp treatment method has also been used for more difficult conditions such as spinal cord injury, Guillain-Barre, and motor neuron diseases. Although scalp acupuncture isn’t a cure for these conditions, it is helpful in reducing some of the related symptoms. Benefits may include muscle relaxation and reduction of pain due to spasticity, cognitive improvements, increased mobility, reduction in tremors, and improved use of hands and legs.

Some of the conditions which may benefit from scalp acupuncture:

  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Guillain-Barre
  • Headaches
  • Lupus
  • Meniere’s syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neuron Diseases
  • Pain, chronic or acute- back, neck, shoulder, foot, arm, leg
  • Parkinson’s
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Reynaud’s
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Humming BirdImprovements will vary depending on the individual, the medical condition, and the duration and severity of the disease. In many cases, pain is often reduced within a few minutes after beginning the treatment. In some situations, several treatments may be necessary for pain reduction.
Desert Sands Acupuncture- Tucson, AZ