Scalp acupuncture (or neuro acupuncture) is a contemporary acupuncture technique that was first explored and developed in China in the 1950s. It integrates traditional Chinese needling methods with Western medical knowledge of the areas on the scalp that correspond with the central nervous system's functions (such as motor activity, sensory input, vision, speech, hearing and balance).
These scalp acupuncture areas are frequently used in the rehabilitation of paralysis due to stroke, and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Combined with traditional acupuncture on the body, scalp acupuncture can yield quicker responses and cause fewer side effects than many conventional medicine treatments.
The goal of treatment is not to cure the disease as conventional medicine defines it, but to harmonise the imbalances to improve the patient's health and wellbeing, thereby reducing the symptoms associated with the condition.
The number of treatments depends on the nature and duration of the disease, and the individual's constitution, but most patients normally experience a positive response within 3-4 treatments.
For more information on the history of scalp acupuncture and research on different neurological conditions, please visit the Neuroacupuncture Institute.
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