Modern advancements in acupuncture may hold the key for effectively treating the most serious neurological conditions including paralysis, neuropathy, seizures, tremors, multiple sclerosis, and dementia. The combination of modern medicine guided by ancient wisdom appears to be the formula for success in dealing with these incapacitating illnesses. Over the last three decades, the work of numerous dedicated Chinese doctors including Jishun Hao and Jiao Shun-fa has paved the way for the growing practice of scalp acupuncture.
Imagine the possibilities of having a non-invasive method to effectively correct dysfunction in the central nervous system. Doctors in China have been working on a solution to such problems and their efforts have not been in vain. Using the time honored approaches of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, doctors have been able to bring about results that seem nothing short of miraculous. Patients once confined to wheel chairs are able to walk again using only scalp acupuncture and fair amount of determination. According to the book Chinese Scalp Acupuncture by Dr. Jishun Hao, many neurological conditions that were once considered untreatable now have a new hope for improvement.
Scalp acupuncture is a modern addition to the thousands-of-years old system of Chinese medicine and it differs significantly from standard acupuncture techniques. Developed by a neurosurgeon over 50 years ago, it incorporates knowledge of the physical neuro-anatomy of the brain with the use of hair thin acupuncture needles inserted in certain special places of the scalp. In order to understand how scalp acupuncture works, it is necessary to become familiar with brain anatomy.
One area of the brain that is particularly important in the field of scalp acupuncture is called the “motor cortex”. This is the part of the brain where nerve impulses originate that result in the voluntary movement of the muscles. For example, when a person waves their hand hello (or goodbye) nerve impulses are generated in the motor cortex. These impulses then travel down through the brain stem to the spinal cord and out through the nerve roots of the cervical spine. Next, the impulses race through the nerves that travel down the shoulder and attach to all the muscles that control hand waving. As a result, the muscles contract and there is movement in the hand.
Decreased ability to move a limb, or even total paralysis of an extremity, can be caused by an under-functioning of the motor cortex. It can also be caused by a disturbance or blockage in the flow of the electrical impulses along the pathway that the nerves traverse from the brain to the muscles. This can be due to injury or disease in the nerves themselves or in the part of the brain that controls movement of a particular body part.
Through the use of special acupuncture techniques, direct stimulation to the damaged or diseased nervous tissues can be achieved from the outside of the body through the skin without the need for more invasive surgical procedures! What appears on the outside to be a simple acupuncture treatment is actually causing the stimulation and apparent repair of damaged and dysfunctional brain cells. It would be hard to believe, if I hadn’t seen it for myself during my apprenticeship with Dr. Hao. Just 4 tiny acupuncture needles, inserted in the proper locations of the scalp made it possible for a quadriplegic to move again!