Scalp Acupuncture

I truly believe to be an excellent acupuncturist you must know scalp acupuncture. As students, we are exposed to many acupuncture techniques, but I would like talk about the benefits of scalp acupuncture. 

Scalp acupuncture is a therapy where the needles are applied to parts of the scalp to produce healing response to a specific issue. Each scalp system is based on different microsystems. Here at National, the system of scalp acupuncture that we use was developed by Dr. Zhu. His system overlays the body and different parts of it onto the scalp. Zhu system effects of needling are seen right away. The system works on acute as well as very chronic issues. Most of these issues include but are not limited to musculoskeletal. 

Another benefit to scalp acupuncture is that there is no need to move a patient to a table. Currently, I have two wheelchair patients and two who use cane and walker. I am able to needle the patients sitting down. There are almost no contraindications to scalp acupuncture. 


Dr. Frank Yurasek teaches scalp acupuncture in "Microsystems and Advanced Acupuncture Strategies." We use scalp acupuncture in the veteran's clinic and at Stroger Hospital to treat for pain and musculoskeletal issues. 

I would highly recommend if students are interested in scalp acupuncture to talk to Dr. Yurasek. It is unfortunate that we don't have a scalp acupuncture class that focuses on different scalp acupuncture styles. There are two other types of scalp acupuncture styles that I have researched. The first is traditional scalp acupuncture called Jiao Shunta. This system was created after analyzing the functions of MU points and channel theory. The other scalp system was developed by Dr. Yamamoto and is called YNSA. This style of scalp acupuncture deals with somototopes on the scalp. 

Word to wise: It is important to be comfortable with scalp acupuncture before using it on patients. I observed Dr. Yurasek for a trimester before I was comfortable using scalp acupuncture. I also use reference sheets and Dr. Zhu's book as guidelines to accurately and effectively treat patients with scalp acupuncture. In addition, I plan on taking additional classes after I graduate to advance my knowledge with all three scalp acupuncture styles. 

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