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Scalp Acupuncture Can Help Paralysis and Stroke

By Linda Gibbons, L.Ac.

Chinese scalp acupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese medicine with Western medical knowledge of the brain areas that are involved in both acute and chronic central nervous system disorders.

Scalp acupuncture is used for the rehabilitation of paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, essential tremors, auto accidents, and Parkinson’s disease.  It may also be used for pain management including phantom pain, loss of balance, peripheral neuropathy, loss of hearing and/or speech, dizziness and vertigo.  Although Western medicine, including physical therapy, can help patients recover from some of these central nervous system disorders, the process is often slow and sometimes ineffective.  Scalp acupuncture can be safely added as an adjunct therapy to most traditional therapies.

Thin acupuncture needles are inserted into specific areas of the scalp that correspond to areas of the brain responsible for certain motor and sensory functions.  It is impossible for the needles to penetrate the skull – the needles are threaded parallel to the skull in the scalp tissue.  Research and experience have shown that the scalp is an ideal transmitter to impact the areas of the brain that have been damaged.  The good news is that quite often improvements in a patient’s function can be seen after the first treatment. 

Some patients have told me they have been treated with traditional body acupuncture for their condition and it has not helped much.  Scalp acupuncture can often be more effective in treating central nervous system disorders than traditional body acupuncture, and in fewer treatments.

My training includes a scalp acupuncture course from Dr. Jason Hao, who has been practicing and researching scalp acupuncture for over 29 years.   I have started treating patients with scalp acupuncture and have been getting some great results.   If you or someone you know has a central nervous system injury or disorder, please give me a call at 720.530.8218.

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