Scalp Acupuncture has been practiced since the 1960’s in China. It was first developed by a Neurologist who was familiar with modern maps of the brain, which correlate with receptive and functional cortex zones that are well documented. The theory of scalp acupuncture states that stimulating areas of the scalp, which lie over hypofuctioning, atrophied, or injured brain tissue will increase blood flow, oxygenation and lead to improved function of those brain tissues. This has been shown to be correct with functional MRI studies. Improvement at first is temporary but with persistent treatments this improvement can become permanent. Long lasting improvement is thought to represent increased circulation that may imply the development of collateral circulation and perhaps neruogenisis.
Please listen to this radio interview with Kathleen Leavy, RN, AP on “Acupuncture for Brain Injuries”