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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Motor Neurone Diseases (MND)

Stroke-rehabilitation-using-Scalp-Acupuncture-in-ToowoombaRecent Jiao Scalp Acupuncture protocol has been confirmed to be effective for treating the symptoms of this complicated neurological medical condition. The good news is that scalp acupuncture is now being more frequently used in rehabilitation of paralysis and to treat the symptoms associated with Motor Neurone Disease throughout the world. Recent research confirms that Jiao Scalp Acupuncture has been used to treat the symptoms of hundreds of Motor Neurone Disease patients with positive results in the US, China, and Europe. Modern Jiao Scalp Acupuncture is now available in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses How Chinese Scalp Acupuncture May Treat the Symptoms Associated with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in Toowoomba

The following article was extracted from the article entitled “Review of Clinical Applications of Scalp Acupuncture for Paralysis: An Excerpt From Chinese Scalp Acupuncture”. The authors are Dr Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MTCM, MBA, United States and Linda Lingzhi Hao, CA, PhD, United States.

The authors describe motor neuron diseases (MNDs) as follows:

“The motor neuron diseases (MNDs) refer to a group of progressive neurological disorders that affect motor neurons associated with controlling voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking,Scalp-Acupuncture-in-Toowoomba-for-Motor-Neurone-Disease-MND breathing, swallowing, and general movement of the body. They commonly have distinctive differences in their origin and causation but a similar result in their outcome for the patient, which is severe muscle weakness. Common MNDs include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), primary lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, and poliomyelitis.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’disease, is a disorder that generally involves either the lower or upper motor systems of the body. In advanced stages, both regions of the body are affected. It is caused by sclerosis in the corticospinal tracts. Primary lateral sclerosis is a rare motor neuron disease that resembles ALS but there is no evidence of the degeneration of spinal motor neurons or muscle wasting that occurs in ALS.

Progressive muscular atrophies are a wide group of genetic disorders characterized by primary degeneration of the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord, resulting in progressive muscle weakness. Poliomyelitis, also called polio or infantile paralysis, is a highly infectious viral disease that may attack the central nervous system and is characterized by symptoms that range from a mild nonparalytic infection to total paralysis. Common symptoms and signs include progressive weakness, muscle wasting, muscle fasciculations, spasticity or stiffness in the arms and legs, and overactive tendon reflexes. Patients may present dragging foot, unilateral muscle wasting in one or the other hand, or slurred speech. Causes of many motor neuron diseases are unknown and others have varying causes according to the specific motor neuron disease. There is no cure or standard treatment for motor neuron diseases and treatment focuses on reducing the symptoms of muscle spasm and pain while maintaining the highest practical level of overall health.

Diseases such as progressive muscular atrophy, poliomyelitis, and ALS are categorized as wei zheng (痿证) or wilting conditions in Chinese medicine. The patterns presenting in these diseases usually include a complex combination of liver blood, kidney yin, and spleen qi deficiencies along with damp heat further consuming the blood and damaging the qi, and thus depriving the limbs of strength and the flesh and muscles of nourishment. The damp heat may become congested in the network vessels causing the sinews and muscles to further lose their nourishment. Other patterns based on the patient’s constitutional tendencies may also present or arise as the disease progresses.”

In the article Dr Hao describes the case history of Sherry, a 38-year-old female, who came to their clinic in 2007. He states “It was difficult for her to walk even with her mother’s support and because of Sherry’s aphasia, her mother gave the medical history. Sherry fell frequently, lost her balance easily, and had had difficulty walking since the age of 19. Her slurred speech sometimes even her mother could not understand. She could not control her urine, choked when eating, and always felt fatigued. Her left ovary hurt and the pain was worse during menses. She often had a migraine headache and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and she had considerable mucous in her nose and throat much of the time. Sherry had been to several famous hospitals but there was no clear diagnosis. Several doctors thought she suffered from a motor neuron disorder or ALS. Her mental activity presented as normal and she was then in graduate school for a master’s degree. Examination showed she was unable to stand and walk straight by herself. Her gait was wide-based and unsteady and she had to hold on to someone to walk in order to maintain her balance. Her ataxia was even more apparent when she tried to turn and her whole body was stiff and rigid, but worse on the left side. She had lost her fine motor skills. Her legs had severe tremors when she put her toes on the ground and she could not stand on one leg. She counted the numbers from one to 20 with a slow, slurred, weak voice. She could hardly be understood when she said her home phone number”.

Results of Treatment 1 for the Management of Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms

Dr Hao reported “A few minutes after being needled on her head, Sherry felt a whole-body hot sensation, which then moved from her hips to her feet, stronger on the left side. Afterwards, her speech was so much clearer, faster, and stronger that even she was surprised. Her walking was much more stable and she was able to lift both legs much higher. She could stand on either leg alone and had to look down to check if it was true.

Results of Treatment 2 for the Management of Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms

On the second treatment Dr Hao advised “She returned for the second treatment a day later, having had traveled across the country for these treatments. Sherry reported, without her mother’s help, that her body was less stiff and that she could walk and move better. Her speech was clearer, she didn’t feel that her tongue was thick when talking, and very little choking had occurred. Her fatigue and bladder control were improved but she still had a lot of mucous and leg tremor. Her bowel movements were a little loose and she had experienced some nausea and gas after taking the prescribed Chinese herbs. Examination showed that the tremor as well as teeth marks in her tongue were less, the thick, white coating was less, and it was peeled more on the front part of her tongue. Her pulses remained unchanged. During the second treatment, Sherry experienced a hot sensation again, more so on the left side of the body. She was able to count from one to 20 without breathing. She felt that her legs were not as heavy when walking. For scalp acupuncture, the Chorea and Tremor Area replaced the Foot Motor and Sensory Area in this second treatment. Body acupuncture was added……”

Results of Treatment 3 for the Management of Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms

Dr Hao reported “during the third treatment the next day, the patient reported that she walked better with more control of her left leg and that it felt less heavy. Her speech continued improving with less of a heavy sensation in her tongue. She was able to eat better because of less choking. She had less mucous in her nose and throat and no nausea since the last visit. Although the tremor in both legs was better, she still had some fine movement problems such as difficulty with buttons and writing and still had some stiffness in her legs. Examination showed that her tongue was less red with fewer teeth marks and tremor only on the left side. The thick, white coating was less. Her pulses remained unchanged and were still fine and wiry. The treatment strategy was modified. While the same scalp areas of upper 1/5 Motor Area and Speech I Area were still used, the Praxis Area and Chorea and Tremor Area were added to address her secondary complaints. The manipulation and retaining of needles remained the same. She could pick up pennies on a table with either hand during the treatment”.

Results of Treatment 4 for the Management of Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms

Dr Hao advised “two days later, Sherry arrived for her fourth session and reported very positive reactions to the last treatment. Eating was easier because she could swallow without choking and had less mucous in the throat. Her breathing was less labored when she was active, and friends noticed major improvement in her speech during phone conversations”.

“Sherry’s fine motor movement showed some improvement such as turning on a light switch. Unfortunately, that morning she had lost her balance and fallen backward, but with no severe injury. Her tongue showed a red tip, only a thin, white coating, and a peeling coating at the front. There were almost no teeth marks remaining. Her fine pulses had become a little larger and stronger, were still slightly wiry, and showed more strength in the cubit (chi) positions. She received more aggressive treatment that day because it was her last treatment for this trip. The upper 1/5 Motor Area and Speech I Area were still considered primary according to her condition. The Speech III Area, Balance Area, and Foot Motor and Sensory Area were added to assist and consolidate her improved clinical signs. She responded immediately after the needles were inserted, her voice sounding much clearer and stronger. She reported that her balance was improving and her legs felt lighter during the walking exercises. She watched and listened to herself on the video screen while she walked and talked like a normal person. At the end of her final treatment she was both laughing and crying”.

Discussion about the Treatment of Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms Using Scalp Acupuncture

From the western medical point of view, for many MND sufferers there appears to be “no light at the end of the tunnel.” Indeed, this may NOT be the case. The inclusion of Scalp Acupuncture in the treatment of symptoms and management of MND may well have some bright light to lift your spirits and ease some of your symptoms. Dr Hao concluded that “scalp acupuncture has been found to have a significant positive impact on hemiplegic aphasia due to various central nerve disorders, even during the initial few treatments. In Sherry’s case, the hemiplegia was caused by a motor neuron disorder. For patients such as Sherry who present with multiple symptoms and signs, it is, in our experience, more effective to treat major complaints first with a few needles. Secondary symptoms can be addressed after patients have significant improvements in their major complaints. As the above case study demonstrated, doctors should modify the treatment strategy and stimulate areas according to changes in a patient’s condition. In our practice, the combination of scalp acupuncture and regular body acupuncture ensures the best results, especially for the further recovery of paralyzed fingers or toes……..Electrical acupuncture is very helpful for speeding up recovery. The electrical stimulation usually lasts 10 to 20 minutes. Exercise is also important for the recovery of affected limbs. Active and passive exercise during scalp acupuncture treatment is very important for improvement. It helps the blood circulation and keeps muscles active, accelerating the results from ongoing acupuncture treatments”.


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

The longer the duration of the impairment due to MND’s, the more gradual will be the improvement of the associated symptoms. With advanced 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 Chinese 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 neurological symptoms due to one of the Motor Neurone Diseases (or 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.

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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