Scalp Acupuncture, also known as Neuroacupuncture, is a treatment based on knowledge of traditional acupuncture and neurology. It is done by inserting acupuncture needles into loose areolar tissue layer of the scalp to stimulate the brain neurons of the underlying area. Since the skull protects the brain and there are no organs in the scalp to injure it is a very safe treatment. Scalp Acupuncture works by stimulating the brain cells that are related to the impaired functions. The mechanism is three-fold: to ‘wake-up’ the brain cells that are not dead but lacking in proper functioning, to encourage recruitment of healthy brain cells to perform the lost function and to promote an healthy reintegration of the brain system.
Scalp Acupuncture is most commonly used for post-stroke and brain surgery therapy. There is good clinical evidence for its treatment not only of Aphasia but other neurological problems including Paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Motor Neuron Diseases, Phantom Limb Syndrome, Meniere’s Syndrome, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Chorea, Alzheimer’s Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Scalp Acupuncture can help regain speech in all kinds of Aphasia: expressive, receptive, anomic or global. The speed and amount of recovery vary with the individual and the recency and severity of damage but progress is usually readily seen with treatment. A treatment takes one hour. Two to three treatments a week is usually recommended. Frequency of treatment may change depending on the progress. Ten treatments constitute one course. Evaluation is continuous but a more overall consideration is done at each five treatment interval to determine the future course.
Please contact Lok-Kwan Cheng, LAc for more information.