Scalp Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a part of ancient Chinese treatment, often considered an alternative remedy for various ailments. Scalp acupuncture is a specialized area of this treatment that was developed in the 1970’s. Although acupuncture is very much a part of the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine practice for over thousands of years, research shows that the concept of acupuncture of the scalp is a relatively innovative development and specialization with certain variations.

At present, there are two methods of scalp acupuncture treatment that have been widely recognized all over the world:
i) Professor Shu Mingqing’s Shu’s Scalp Acupuncture from China
ii) Dr. Toshikatsu Yamamoto’s Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) from Japan

Scalp Acupuncture Theory

To be precise, the original theory that goes behind the development of scalp acupuncture treatment is clear. It is a fact that areas in our brain can be easily stimulated by piercing or introducing specially designed acupuncture needles to appropriate parts on the scalp. When needles are inserted, the locations, as a result, will be stimulated to improve functions and alleviate pain in those parts of the body controlled by a specific part of the brain, which is stimulated. The basic premise of this exercise is to make sure that the healthy parts of the brain can re-train the atrophies or malfunctioning areas.

In simple language, acupuncture, thus, serves the purpose of a “reset” button that has to be operated manually. The general parts, or areas, of the body that benefits from this treatment includes sensory, motor, foot-motor-sensory, vasomotor, chorea motor, speech, vertigo-auditory, balance, optic, reproductive, thoracic, and gastric system. Acupuncturists use a detailed scalp/brain map for identifying the points and areas.

At our clinic, we emphasize on state-of-the-art scalp acupuncture keeping in mind the principles of this technique.

What Does Scalp Acupuncture Treat?

Scalp acupuncture, as the name suggests, is supposedly an effective treatment for hair loss or oily scalp and similar problems. However, there is a broader scope of treatment too. In fact, there is a variety of ailments and medical conditions that can be treated with this therapy, which includes neurological problems like multiple sclerosis and stroke too.

However, scalp acupuncture cannot be considered a treatment for all these conditions. It is merely an alternative remedy that may help reduce related symptoms. There are several benefits of this treatment, which includes muscle relaxation, reduce pain, increased mobility, improved cognitive abilities, reduced tremors and improved motor skills.

Improvements, nonetheless, will vary based on the patient, medical condition, severity and duration of the complication. In certain cases, pain is usually reduced in less than a couple of minutes post treatment. For complicated cases, several treatments might be required to reduce pain. We focus on each and every patient individually, thus addressing their problem at the root.

Yamamoto-New-Scalp-Acupuncture-YNSAAn Age Old Practice

Scalp acupuncture treatment dates back to many years. It is more of a new concept compared to all other forms of acupuncture treatments that exist. Dr. Zhu started developing his method of treatment, which was practiced in the United States later in 1991. His method of treatment has successfully treated different maladies, which includes stroke, neurological disorders and incidence of chronic pain. It is often said that Dr. Zhu’s method is different from usual body acupuncture in many ways. It is an advanced course of treatment in which the needle locations differ and the procedure yields faster results. It also causes less pain.

Dr. Yamamoto’s scalp acupuncture, on the other hand, follows a different course. In fact, practitioners in this field palpate the abdomen and neck to determine the correlating points on the scalp. In this way, they match up areas causing pain on the body to the points on scalp. Thereafter, acupuncture needles are used to stimulate those scalp areas. This method of acupuncture is also used for treating chronic and acute pain, child development complications, neurological disorders, stroke, nerve pain, and other issues.

We have successfully introduced scalp acupuncture in our clinic. Our patients can now enjoy the benefits of this procedure in a private setting with experienced acupuncturists. For more information about acupuncture for scalp or to book an appointment, kindly email to