​Why I Like Scalp Acupuncture

​Why I Like Scalp Acupuncture

By Joseph Goldfedder, L.OM.

In my Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula Portokalos, played by Nia Vardalos, laments to her mother that her father won’t allow her to go to college. Her mother, Maria Portokalos, played by Lainie Kazan says that her husband may be the head of the family, but she is the neck, and whichever

way the neck turns, the head will follow.

That’s how I think about the “Qi” and energy flow with scalp acupuncture. Like foot reflexology, the scalp also is a microsystem, containing points that correspond to different parts of the body. No matter which region of the body has pain or numbness, there’s a corresponding scalp point that we can treat.

I’ll start treatment using scalp acupuncture, for instance, for acute conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, neuropathy, shoulder pain, hand pain, thumb pain or knee pain. The scalp points are easily accessible and also allow for patient participation by moving the affected body part during the treatment. Besides treating pain, scalp acupuncture can treat burning sensations, numbness, tingling and paralysis.

After needling, I’ll ask the patient to wiggle, flex, bend or turn the affected region of the body. The strategy of moving while “under the needle” is protocol of Master Tung implemented to “guide the movement of Qi” and help the flow of energy into the affected area. Results with scalp acupuncture points are often instantaneous.

In The Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain by Scalp Acupuncture By Jason Jishun Hao,

DOM, MTCM, MBA and Linda Lingzhi Hao, DOM, PhD write:

Scalp acupuncture is reported to significantly reduce pain with only a few needles; it uses

western medical knowledge of projected areas of the cerebral cortex. Conditions such as

complex regional pain syndrome, sclerosis, burning or stabbing pain or paralysis report high

success ratios of pain relief.

Acupuncture is strategic in alleviating painful conditions and the addition of scalp points can significantly boost treatment outcomes. Daily stress and anxiety can aggravate any condition. If you consider tension like a traffic jam in our body, acupuncture redirects the energy flow and allows for smooth travel. If you know of someone living in pain or suffering from any of the previously mentioned conditions, let them know there’s help available. Acupuncture can support healing as well as regaining quality of life.

On behalf of myself and the other practitioners of Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture, we welcome you to contact us with any questions on your particular health concern.

Give us a call at 215-772-1040 to schedule an appointment. Regardless of the nature of your suffering, Six Fishes can help in every phase of life.

About Joseph:

Joseph Goldfedder, L. OM. is a graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A Philadelphia native and graduate of University of the Arts, his approach to Chinese Medicine is both as an art and a science. His specialty is treating acute and chronic pain, anxiety and depression.


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