Are you a Veteran who suffers from symptoms related to PTSD, traumatic brain injury, pain or phantom pain? Maybe your symptoms include:
If you are a Veteran, or know a Veteran who suffers from one or more of these symptoms, then Neuroacupuncture could be an effective treatment option for you.
Neuroacupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods and Scalp Acupuncture with western medical knowledge of neurology, neuroscience, and neurological rehabilitation. Neuroacupuncture is an advanced skill, most effective in the treatment of acute and chronic central nervous system disorders, often producing remarkable results with just a few needles. Although body acupuncture may be used in a Neuroacupuncture treatment, the theory and methodology behind the two is quite different.
Chinese Acupuncture and Needling Techniques have been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Scalp Acupuncture is relatively new, emerging as an acupuncture technique based on original Chinese theory and research, introduced into Western culture in the 1970’s.
Wounded while serving in Iraq, Zac suffered from TBI and PTSD. After enduring numerous surgeries, years of rehabilitation, headaches, insomnia and pain, he discovered Neuroacupuncture. With just a few needles, Zac immediately experienced improved hearing. After two treatments he slept through the night for the first time in eight years. His quality of life has dramatically improved, thanks to Neuroacupuncture. Listen to more of Zac's story in the film below.
Thomas, US Veteran Treatment for PTSD, a return to self.
In 2017, the Acupuncture for our Heroes Act passed, requiring acupuncture to be accessible to Veterans as a viable treatment option through the VA by allowing NCCAOM approved acupuncturists to work for the VA. The NAI launched the same year, providing training to licensed acupuncturists, Doctors of Oriental Medicine, and physicians, in the art and skill of Neuroacupuncture.
NAI is on a mission to connect Veterans with Neuroacupuncture-trained practitioners to address health issues related to the symptoms of PTSD, TBI, phantom pain, and and other central nervous system disorders. Learn more about the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute.
LET'S GET BETTER TOGETHER!
“My road to recovery was a long process. I’ve had numerous surgeries and years of rehabilitation, but eventually I hit a plateau still did not have a very good quality of life. Then I heard about Neuroacupuncture. After a few treatments, I immediately saw results. For me, it treated my PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, appetite, mood, pain, and overall mental and physical health. With the incredible success I had, I want to encourage my fellow Veterans to find a Neuroacupuncture practitioner near you. Let’s get better together!”
Zac Ruttman Wounded Warrior
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A NEUROACUPUNTURE TREATMENT
Neuroacupuncture is different than a classic acupuncture treatment. Neuroacupuncture treatment involves the insertion of thin acupuncture needles into the areolar tissue layer of the scalp in areas known to correlate to various functions of the body. Through the central nervous and endocrine systems, the structural, metabolic, hormonal and energetic functions of the brain are accessible at specific areas of the scalp surface. By stimulating these reflex areas within the scalp, through special manipulation, we can regulate and harmonize the functional activities of the brain and body.
Patient outcomes vary depending on the severity of the illness or injury and length of time passed since the injury or onset occurred. The frequency and number of treatments needed varies. Neuroacupuncture treatment has very low (if any) risk and usually involves minimal to no discomfort when performed by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
FAQ'S ABOUT SCALP/NEUROACUPUNCTURE
How is Scalp acupuncture different from the classical acupuncture points on the head?
Scalp acupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture method. While it has a close connection with fundamental theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, its clinical application is based on the modern knowledge of Western biomedical anatomy and physiology of the brain.
How does scalp acupuncture work?
Through the central nervous and endocrine systems, the structural, metabolic, hormonal and energetic functions of the brain are accessible at specific areas of the scalp surface. By stimulating these reflex areas within the scalp, through special manipulation, we can regulate and harmonize the functional activities of the brain and body.
How many treatments should I expect before I see results?
Most patients are responsive to the initial treatment and show some improvement within three treatments. The likelihood of experiencing a positive response following the initial treatment is dependent on the nature and duration of the disease, the patient’s constitutional condition, and his/her motivation to improve. A therapeutic course of treatment consists of 10 treatments at intervals between visits of from 5 to 7 days.
What can I expect to experience during and after a scalp acupuncture treatment?
During or after scalp acupuncture, you may occasionally experience some sensations in the affected part of the body. You may also feel heaviness, electrical sensation, a sensation of water or energy moving. It is a good prognostic sign if you do feel something during stimulation; however, it is not necessary for recovery.
Most patients do not experience abnormal feeling at the conclusion of their treatment. However, it is recommended that you rest in the clinic for about 10-30 minutes if you feel at all lightheaded or disoriented.
How long is each treatment?
Most treatments last 30-45 minutes. The needles are stimulated for approximately 2-3 minutes and re-stimulated at 10 minute intervals over the course of treatment.
Does it hurt?
For experienced practitioners needle insertion is quick and painless.
How safe is scalp acupuncture?
Acupuncture in the scalp is very safe when performed by a qualified professional. Though the scalp is uniquely innervated and highly vascularized there is no risk of heavy bleeding. Sterile, single-use needles are always used and licensed practitioners follow antiseptic protocols so there is limited risk of infection.
When is scalp acupuncture not recommended?
Scalp acupuncture is contraindicated for those with very high blood pressure (220/120), infection and post-operative scars in the acupuncture area, some cases of pregnancy (mainly habitual miscarriage), persons who are extremely nervous, and infants whose fontanels have not closed.
How can I learn more about this special technique?
If you would like to learn more about scalp acupuncture and how it can benefit you, purchase the book Chinese Scalp Acupuncture, by Drs. Jason & Linda Hao, published by Blue Poppy Press.
The Neuro-Acupuncture Institute, Inc. is an integrated medicine institute dedicated to clinical training and treatment of neurological disorders in an integrative medical setting. The Institute shall have a further purpose of raising public awareness of Neuroacupuncture procedures and processes
to promote education, training and research.
Donations to the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute support operations and programs for the purpose of educating Doctors of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncturists, and Medical Acupuncturists in the art and skill of Neuroacupuncture. NAI is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.