While many neurological diseases, for instance stroke, require immediate life saving treatment by western medicine, the chronic long term effects of this and other debilitating neurological disease is less well dealt with by western medicine.
However, specialist neurological physiotherapy is one treatment that is essential for recovery for lost function. Along side this, acupuncture has shown very positive effects on the alleviation of symptoms for a variety of conditions.
The systems I use at the clinic was discovered by Dr. Zhu Ming Qing (Zhu Style Scalp Acupuncture) and Dr Jiao Shunfa (Jiao Style Scalp Acupuncture) , who both is world famous for their work in helping stroke patients and patient who suffers from neurological disorders in their recovery.
By combining Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and western anatomy, points along the scalp are used to stimulate the brain and increase blood flow to the affected area. This technique is now being call Neuroacupuncture . In short neuroaupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods and scalp acupuncture with western medical knowledge of neurology, neuroscience, and neurological rehabilitation.
Neuroacupuncture is an advanced skill, most effective in the treatment of acute and chronic central nervous system disorders, often producing remarkable results with just a few needles.
How does Scalp Acupuncture (Neuroacupuncture) work?
Through the central nervous and endocrine systems, the structural, metabolic, hormonal and energetic functions of the brain are accessible at specific areas of the scalp surface. By stimulating these reflex areas within the scalp, through special manipulation, we can regulate and harmonise the functional activities of the brain and body.
Scalp Acupuncture is most commonly used for post-stroke and neurological issues.
How safe is scalp (Neuroacupuncture) acupuncture?
Acupuncture in general is very safe when performed by a qualified professional. Though the scalp is uniquely innervated and highly vascularized there is no major risk of heavy bleeding. I use sterile, single-use needles and always follow antiseptic protocols so there is limited risk of infection.
As part of my regular practice I treat conditions including:
more neurological disorders such as:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – ALS is an irreversible neurological disease that destroys the nerve cells that invigorate our muscles.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Also known as median nerve entrapment, it occurs when swelling or irritation of the nerve or tendons in the carpal tunnel results in pressure on the median nerve.
Headaches – Headaches includes migraines, tension headaches, headaches occurring around the menstrual cycle, sinus headaches and stress-related headaches.
Myasthenia Gravis – A neuromuscular disorder causing muscles under voluntary control to tire and become easily fatigued.
Peripheral Neuropathy – Presenting as damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body, this kind of neuropathy can be caused by diabetes and often affects the feet.
Trigeminal Neuralgia – Facial pain, sometimes called Tic Douloureux, affects the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for impulses of touch, pain, pressure and temperature sent to the brain from the face, jaw and gums.
Picture: courtesy to Jason Jishun Hao
Taken with Dr Zhu Ming Qing ( founder of Zhu style scalp acupuncture) while attending his Seminar.