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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses How Scalp Acupuncture May Reduce Symptoms Associated with Paralysis Due to Stroke, MS, Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury

Stroke-rehabilitation-using-Scalp-Acupuncture-in-ToowoombaRecovering from stroke can be a nightmare. Modern Jiao Scalp Acupuncture may benefit the symptoms associated with serious and complicated medical conditions involving neurological and neuromuscular damage. These medical conditions include paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. For about 40 years, numerous individuals in China have received Chinese Scalp Acupuncture (CSA) to help them with the symptoms associated with recovering from stroke, (and multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury). The book “Chinese Scalp Acupuncture”, which was published in 2013, discusses how CSA has been effective in treating the symptoms of different types of paralysis. The Good News is that Modern Jiao Scalp Acupuncture is now available in Toowoomba, Queensland, in Australia.

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Senior Acupuncturist Discusses How Scalp Acupuncture May Benefit the Symptoms of Paralysis Due to Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, and Traumatic Brain Injury

Scalp-Acupuncture-in-Toowoomba-for-Treatment-of-Paralysis-Due-to-Stroke-Multiple-Sclerosis-Spinal-Cord-Injury-and-Traumatic-Brain-InjuryThis information has been extracted from the article “Review of Clinical Applications of Scalp Acupuncture for Paralysis: An Excerpt From Chinese Scalp Acupuncture” which was written by Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MTCM, MBA, United States and Linda Lingzhi Hao, CA, PhD, United States.

Jason stated in the article “Paralysis refers to complete or partial loss of muscle strength and voluntary movement for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be localized, generalized, or it may follow a certain pattern. Paralysis is most often caused by damage to the nervous system, especially the brain and spinal cord. Such damage may be due to stroke, trauma with nerve injury, poliomyelitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, botulism, spinal bifida, and multiple sclerosis. Paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic injury of the brain or spinal cord are the most commonly seen problems in our practice. Most paralyses caused by nervous system damage are constant in nature. There are forms of periodic paralysis, including sleep paralysis, which are caused by other factors. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling in the affected area if there is sensory nerve damage as well.”

“The chain of nerve cells that runs from the brain through the spinal cord out to the muscles is called the motor pathway. Normal muscle function requires intact connections all along this motor pathway. Damage at any level often interrupts the brain’s ability to control muscle movements resulting in paralysis. Paralysis almost always causes a change in muscle tone. Paralyzed muscles may be flaccid, flabby, and without appreciable tone, or may be spastic, tight, and with abnormally high tone that increases when the muscle is moved. Paralysis may affect an individual muscle but it usually affects an entire body region. The distribution of weakness is an important clue to locate the level of nerve damage that caused the paralysis.”

Dr Hao continued “scalp acupuncture is frequently used in rehabilitation of paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. It has been proven effective in treating any type of paralysis, sometimes taking only one to two treatments for an amazing amount of recovery. We have treated hundreds of paralyzed patients with remarkable results in the US, China, and Europe, allowing many patients to leave their wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes behind. Since scalp acupuncture is a modern technique with just 39 years of history, much more research needs to be done so that its potential can be fully explored and utilized and more paralyzed patients helped to regain a normal life.”

The Symptoms of Stroke

Scalp-Acupuncture-in-Toowoomba-for-Treatment-of-Paralysis-Due-to-Spinal-Cord-Injury-and-Traumatic-Brain-InjuryDr Hao continued with a discussion on the various symptoms of stroke. He stated “the symptoms of stroke depend on the type of stroke and the area of the brain affected. These include weakness, paralysis or abnormal sensations in limbs or face, aphasia, apraxia, altered vision, problems with hearing, taste, or smell, vertigo, disequilibrium, altered coordination, difficulty swallowing, and mental and emotional changes. Some stroke patients may have loss of consciousness, headache, and vomiting at the onset. If the symptoms disappear within several minutes up to a maximum of 24 hours, the diagnosis is transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is a mini or brief stroke. Those symptoms are warning signs and a large proportion of patients with TIA may develop full strokes in the future. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart attack and cancer and it is a leading cause of adult disability. It is necessary for stroke patients to receive emergency treatment with Western medicine and it is important to identify a stroke as early as possible because patients who are treated earlier are more likely to survive and become less disabled. Stroke survivors usually have some degree of sequelae of symptoms depending primarily on the location in the brain involved and the amount of brain tissue damaged.”

Regarding the outcome for stroke victims, Dr Hao concluded “disability affects about 75% of stroke survivors and it can affect patients physically, mentally, emotionally, or a combination of all three. Because each side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, a stroke affecting one side of the brain results in neurological symptoms on the other side of the body. For example, if stroke occurs in the motor area of the right side of the brain, the left side of the body may show weakness or paralysis. Although there is no cure for stroke, most stroke patients now have a good chance for survival and recovery. When stroke patients pass the acute stage they should start rehabilitation as soon as possible. Stroke rehabilitation therapy helps patients return to normal life as much as possible by regaining and relearning skills of everyday living such as speaking or walking. Treatment may include acupuncture, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and massage.”


Dr Hao then included a Case History of a patient who had paralysis of his right arm for 11 years. He proceeded with the Case History, and stated “At a workshop conducted at Tri-State Acupuncture College in New York City in 1998, a patient named Tom volunteered for scalp acupuncture. The manager at the college told us that the patient had had a stroke from cerebral thrombosis only 11 months before and was a good candidate for the class demonstration. While interviewing Tom, we were shocked to find that his right arm and hand had actually been paralyzed for 11 years. Although we were not at all certain that we could help this patient, it had taken several hours for the family member to give him a ride here and we did not want to turn him away. His tongue was a little purple with a normal coating and his pulses were bilaterally fine and wiry. As an additional source of concern, we had only a few hours earlier told the students that any patient with paralysis enduring for more than three years was unlikely to respond to scalp acupuncture therapy. Unsure how to proceed, we considered simply demonstrating the location and technique of scalp acupuncture on this patient and not immediately showing the results to the students. After demonstrating two needles in his scalp, we moved Tom to another room to rest, inserted more needles, and then continued with the lecture.”

He continued “Tom was instructed to do some passive exercise while the needles were in place, having his wife move his hand and raise his arm. While we were continuing our lecture, we heard screaming from the other room. The patient’s wife rushed back into the lecture room saying repeatedly, “He can move his arm and hand now” in a loud, excited voice. Tom was able to move his arm, hand, and even his fingers in any way or direction that he was asked by the audience. This patient’s experience has caused us to change the information we give students about whether treatment could be successful after a specific number of years. It is now our opinion that a patient with paralysis should be treated no matter how long ago a stroke has occurred as long as the limb shows no muscular atrophy. One student at this class offered the conclusion, “It’s never too late to treat a paralyzed patient with scalp acupuncture.””


Scalp acupuncture has been found to have very good effects on the sequelae of stroke including hemiplegia, aphasia, and abnormal sensations in the limbs. Thanks to advanced stroke research and brain imaging technology, doctors are continuing to gain new understanding of how the brain can adapt after stroke in order to regain its ability to function. New research suggests that normal brain cells are highly adaptable. They can undergo changes not only in function and shape but also can take over the functions of nearby damaged cells. Because of these abilities, scalp acupuncture is geared toward stimulating and restoring affected brain tissue or retraining unaffected brain tissue to compensate for the lost functions of damaged brain tissue.

In Tom’s case, the hemiplegia was caused by cerebral thrombosis, which has the best prognosis for recovery from stroke compared to cerebral embolism and cerebral haemorrhage.

It is necessary to point out, however, how unusual it is that a patient gets only one scalp acupuncture treatment and recovers completely. In our normal practice it often takes from several weeks to several months for stroke patients to improve and recover. Also, the time frame for patients with stroke to be treated by scalp acupuncture is crucial; the earlier the treatment the better the prognosis. When treating stroke from thrombosis or embolism, scalp acupuncture treatment should begin as soon as feasible.

When treating a hemorrhagic stroke, however, scalp acupuncture should not be performed until the patient’s condition is stable, probably one month after a stroke. As we discovered with Tom, a patient with any duration of stroke disabilities can be treated, but treatment within a year brings about the greatest response in our experience. The longer the duration of the impairment, the more gradual will be the improvement. With long-term conditions expectations need to be realistic, although occasionally a patient will surprise practitioners. It is hardest to achieve improvement for a patient with paralysis for a long time, especially if there is also muscular atrophy and rigid, inflexible joints. Initially, treatment should be two to three times a week until major improvements are achieved, then once weekly, then every two weeks, and then spaced out as indicated by the patient’s condition. A therapeutic course consists of 10 treatments. Several courses may be required for optimal rehabilitation.

I have been using Scalp Acupuncture as developed by Jiao Shunfa for over 15 years, and have been further mentored by his student Jason Hao, author of the reference material cited below. If you have paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, or from traumatic injury of the brain or spinal cord and would like further information or wish to make an appointment please contact Louis from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100.

This article is simply for informational and educational purposes only, and is NOT a substitute for medical advice for which you should consult a suitably qualified physician.


Hao, J.J. and Hao L.L. Chinese Scalp Acupuncture. Publisher – Blue Poppy Press, 2011. ISBN 1891845608, 9781891845604. 268 pages.

Global Adv Health Med.2012;1(1):102-121.

Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.


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