Neuroacupuncture, also known as scalp acupuncture for concussion can be a very powerful means of healing. It is a contemporary technique that integrates Chinese needling with western neurology. Neuroacupuncture increases brain repair via neuroplasticity. Healing begins with reduction of pain and nausea. An acupuncturist can help restore better blood flow to the brain, shift the nervous system out of a fight/flight state into a more healing mode.
Neuroacupuncture is an advanced acupuncture skill, most effective in the treatment of acute and chronic central nervous system disorders. It can often produce remarkable results with just a few needles. The techniques have also greatly success with headaches, muscle tension, impinged nerves, PTSD, anxiety, and many other central nervous system issues.
Concussions cause damage to brain tissues corresponding to various areas of injury. For example, when speech and motor areas are affected, body dysfunctions appear such as aphasia and paralysis. Even simple falls can result in balance issues from hitting the back of one’s head.
The most common symptoms of head injuries include headaches, brain fog, pain, sensation of head fullness, photophobia, memory issues, dizziness, nausea, balance, and anxiety. Neurologically based acupuncture can help with all of these.
Neuroplasticity the brains’ ability to form new nerve connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity enables nerve cells to compensate for injury or disease by recruiting healthy cells to rewire, restore, and reconnect damaged nerve cells via needle stimulation.
Neuroacpuncture provides safe and effective treatment options for complex neurological conditions including traumatic brain injuries and concussions. Once considered the last frontier of medicine, neuroacupuncture can offer hope for those who suffer from these challenging conditions.
Contributed by Dr. Lisa Forsythe, DOM, Dipl. OM, LAc.