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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Scalp Acupuncture for the Treatment of Symptoms of Quadriplegia

Scalp Acupuncture in Toowoomba for Quadriplegia.Western medicine has little good news when it comes to positive information on Quadriplegia. Fortunately, there is some good news here regarding Quadriplegia! Modern Jiao  Shun-fa Scalp Acupuncture methodology is beneficial for treating the many symptoms associated with numerous complicated neurological medical conditions, including Quadriplegia. Modern Jiao Shun-fa Scalp Acupuncture is now frequently used throughout the world in the rehabilitation of serious neurological symptoms associated with Quadriplegia. Recent research confirms that Jiao Scalp Acupuncture has been used to treat hundreds of patients with Quadriplegia in the US, China, and Europe with positive results. The Good News is that Modern Jiao Scalp Acupuncture is now available in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Treatment of the Symptoms of Quadriplegia Using Modern Scalp Acupuncture as Developed by Jiao Shun-fa

This 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, and Linda Lingzhi Hao, CA, PhD.

Jason Hao stated in the article “quadriplegia means paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck. When the arms, legs, and torso are paralyzed, this is commonly caused by damage to the brain, injury of the cervical spinal cord, polyneuritis, myasthenia gravis, progressive myodystrophy, multiple myositis, or acute infective multiple radiculoneuritis. The severity of quadriplegia depends on both the level at which the spinal cord is injured and the extent of the injury. Although the most obvious symptom is impairment to the limbs, function is also impaired in the torso. That results in loss or impairment of bowel and bladder control, sexual function, digestion, breathing, and other autonomic functions. Because sensation is usually impaired in affected areas, this can manifest as numbness, reduced sensation, or burning sensation and pain. Quadriplegics are often vulnerable to pressure sores, osteoporosis and fractures, frozen joints, spasticity, respiratory complications and infections, poor autonomic reflexes, deep vein thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease because of depressed functioning and immobility”.

Hao proceded with a Case History of a patient, Barbara, who volunteered as a subject, and arrived in a wheelchair. He stated “she was brought to our 2006 scalp acupuncture seminar in Phoenix, Scalp-Acupuncture-in-Toowoomba-for-Motor-Neurone-Disease-MNDArizona. She had little hope that our treatment would help her condition. Infected by West Nile virus, she had immediately developed quadriplegia. She lost control of her body below the neck and had paralysis of all four limbs. As a result, she had incontinence of bowel and urine”.

Hao continued “after trying many kinds of therapies that brought no improvement, she became depressed. Examination showed that all four extremities were very tight and had occasional spasms. The muscular tone of her right arm ranked 2 out of 5 degrees, and her left arm and both legs were 0 out of 5 degrees, or completely paralyzed”.

After determining the different appropriate scalp areas to be needled to treat the symptoms of her specific medical condition, Hao advised that the needles “should be rotated at least 200 times per minute with the thumb and index finger for 1-3 minutes, twirling them as vigorously as the patient can tolerate and repeating the stimulation every 10 minutes”.

He noted that “during treatment, some patients feel heat, cold, tingling, numbness, heaviness, distention, and/or the sensation of water or electricity moving along their spine, legs, or arms. Patients who experience some or all of these sensations usually respond and improve more quickly. As stated previously, however, those who do not have such sensations could still have immediate, positive results. It is important to instruct patients to move their affected limbs actively and passively, if possible”.

Results of Treatment 1 for the Management of Barbara’s Symptoms

In the article, Hao stated that “Barbara had very positive responses to scalp acupuncture treatment. As soon as we inserted two needles in her scalp at the Chorea and Tremor Area, the tightness in all four limbs loosened up and the spasms were gone. Soon after that, both of her arms began to move and lift. When we told Barbara that some similar patients were able to walk again, her eyes filled with tears. After inserting four more needles in her scalp, we encouraged Barbara to stand up. She was very surprised to find that she had regained the ability to control her legs again. Although she felt nervous and was assisted by two people, she stood up. She couldn’t believe it when we encouraged her to start walking. With much excitement and audience applause, she followed our instruction and started to move: one step, then two, three, and four steps. She walked as much as she could, turning about every 30 steps, walking with confidence and a smile on her face.

Results of Treatment 3 for the Management of Barbara’s Symptoms

Hao related “at another scalp acupuncture seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, later the same year, the audience was waiting to see Barbara, whom we had treated several months before. We were astonished and barely able to recognize her when she walked into the conference room by herself. Barbara reported that she had not received further acupuncture treatment after the last two scalp acupuncture treatments because neither her insurance nor her own money could cover further sessions. Instead, she did intensive exercise as we had instructed seven months before and had recovered completely. For the benefit of the seminar audience, Barbara demonstrated many different kinds of movement of her four extremities such as jumping, running, and easily raising her arms, which brought audience applause. She had gotten married and returned to work. The only remaining problem was urgent, frequent urination and some incontinence of urine. That was one of the reasons that she returned to this second seminar half a year later. We put two needles in the Foot Motor and Sensory Area and two needles in the Reproductive Area. Barbara had constantly felt pressure and a “strange feeling” there, but she left the seminar very happy. She no longer had that urgent feeling in her bladder and was able to hold her urine for two hours”.

General Discussion about Using Scalp Acupuncture for Treating the Symptoms of Quadriplegia

Scalp Acupuncture in Toowoomba for Quadriplegia-Happy GirlIn the enlightening article Hao cautioned “we need to emphasize that this patient received only three scalp acupuncture treatments and had recovered completely. That is highly unusual and by no means the norm. Treating quadriplegia by acupuncture is very challenging. Normally it takes several months or even as much as one to two years for this treatment to be effective. Even then, only 50% of patients have a chance of improving. Quadriplegia can be treated after any duration, but less than three months from the date of injury or illness shows the greatest improvement. The longer the duration of impairment, the more gradual the improvement occurs. With long-term conditions expectations need to be realistic, although some patients will occasionally surprise practitioners”. Hao rounded off and concluded the section on quadriplegia by stating “there are many different acupuncture techniques to treat paralysis. Although scalp acupuncture has the best and fastest response, other techniques are necessary for a more complete recovery. Regular body acupuncture treatment has been found to have a positive therapeutic effect on the recovery of movement of hands, fingers, feet, and toes. Electrical stimulation is very helpful if the practitioner has difficulty rotating the needle more than 200 times per minute. Only two of the scalp needles should be stimulated at any one session, or the brain can become too confused to respond. For electrical stimulation in body acupuncture, fewer than four needles should be stimulated in each limb. The best results are usually achieved by applying low frequency (for example, 3 hertz) with high intensity (for instance, when visible muscle contraction is observed). Electrical stimulation can be applied above and below the damaged level at Hua Tuo Jia Ji points on the back, which is another important technique for treating quadriplegia in addition to scalp acupuncture”.

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 quadraplegia from 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.

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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