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Microsystems

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Using the best of traditional medicine with modern medical understanding, I combine traditional acupuncture points as used in Traditional East Asian Medicine, with modern microsystems such as scalp, abdominal and auricular acupuncture.

 

Scalp acupuncture

Scalp acupuncture is one of the modern microsystem acupuncture techniques which combines Chinese acupuncture needling methods with Western medical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and biology of the brain. It was developed in China by neurosurgeons.

Through the central nervous and endocrine systems, the metabolic functions of the brain are accessible at specific areas of the scalp surface. By stimulating these reflex areas within the scalp, by special manipulation, the acupuncturist can help regulate the functional activities of the brain and body.

Scalp acupuncture is effective for neurological conditions including symptoms of stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. It has been used for ‘brain fog’ following covid 19 infection. 

I am a member of the Institute of Scalp Acupuncture UK, having trained in scalp acupuncture with the president, Dr Tianjun Wang (htpts://scalpacupuncture.co.uk). 

Abdominal acupuncture

Abdominal acupuncture is generally a very comfortable treatment. Many people prefer it to traditional acupuncture because it is very gentle. There is some evidence of its effectiveness for treatment of insomnia and stroke and combined with traditional acupuncture for pain. Abdominal acupuncture is also used for multi-site pain such as fibromyalgia.

Auricular acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is a modern microsystem. There are more than 200 acupuncture points in the ear. In 1990, the World Health Organisation created a standardised list of 39 points. Of these 10 points are frequently used. Auricular acupuncture is well known for treatment of addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder and for pre and post embryo transfer to enhance fertility. It includes ‘battlefield acupuncture’ for pain relief, which is practised by the military.

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