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The History of Scalp Acupuncture

As the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and evidence of its effectiveness continues to grow worldwide, it is being increasingly incorporated into the treatment of conventional biomedical diagnoses. TCM is widely accepted for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, a neurological condition.  Other neurological conditions for which TCM may be effective include Complex Regional Pain Syndromes, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy.

A technique that is being increasingly applied within the scope of neurology is Scalp Acupuncture. In Asia, the use of Scalp Acupuncture, also known as Neuroacupuncture, has been used to treat neurological disorders for over 50 years. Animal studies and human case reports support its effectiveness for neurological disorders. Academic centers and hospitals, primarily in China but increasing in the USA and Europe, incorporate neuroacupuncture into the clinical treatment of neurologic disorders. Read more...

Traditional Acupuncture vs. Scalp Acupuncture

Effects Of Scalp Acupuncture Versus Upper And Lower Limb Acupuncture On Signal Activation Of Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) FMRI Of The Brain And Somatosensory Cortex


Acupuncture modulates resting state hippocampal functional connectivity in Alzheimer disease.

Cerebral Palsy

Treatment of 140 cerebral palsied children with a combined method based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine.

Clinical observation on treatment of clearing the Governor Vessel and refreshing the mind needling in neural development and remediation of children with cerebral palsy.


Dr. Phil Wellness NYC, Neuro-Acupuncture Institute, Acupuncture Works UK
Reverse tinnitus and hearing loss. Studies have shown that scalp acupuncture can be effective for immediately and significantly reducing the effects of tinnitus and also sudden sensory hearing loss.

Pain Relief

Inhibition of ROS-induced p38MAPK and ERK activation in microglia by acupuncture relieves neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury in rats. (Purchase Study)

Effect of Acupuncture on Blood Flow Velocity and Volume in Common Carotid and Vertebral Arteries in Migraine Patients (Purchase Study)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Emerging treatments for PTSD

Dawson Church and David Feinstein.Medical Acupuncture.Aug 2017, 
The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques

Randomized Effectiveness Trial of a Brief Course of Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Rapid Treatment Of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure With Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective. (purchase)


Acupuncture Stimulation Induces Neurogenesis In Adult Brain

Acupuncture treatment on the motor area of the scalp for motor dysfunction in patients with ischemic stroke: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

Chinese Medicine Patterns in Patients with Post-Stroke Dementia

The effects of acupuncture on cerebral blood flow in post-stroke patients: a randomized controlled trial

Veteran Treatment

The Current State of Integrative Medicine Within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs