Chinese scalp acupuncture
Chinese scalp acupuncture was developed by
neurosurgeons and is based on the study of neuroanatomy.
The practitioner indirectly stimulates regions of the brain
that correspond to certain anatomical and physiological
functions by applying needles or mild electrostimulation to
corresponding points on the scalp. The aim is to trigger a
process of relearning in which healthy areas of the brain
take over for other areas that are no longer functioning
effectively. For example, patients who have suffered stroke
or other brain damage can regain the use of their arms or
legs by stimulating new parts of the brain to take over
this function. In China, this form of scalp acupuncture is
a routine part of treatment for brain-injured patients.