Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

Program Description

Chinese scalp acupuncture (CSA) is a modern technique combining Chinese acupuncture needling with Western biomedical understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cerebral cortex. It can be used effectively to manage neurological problems that are not satisfactorily responsive to needling body or auricular patterns alone and can produce convincing responses quickly with only biweekly treatments, even in old and difficult problems.

CSA can be used as a solo treatment or combined with neuroanatomical or energetic body treatments for motor and sensory problems, or with auricular acupuncture. Dr. Hao emphasizes the clinical application of CSA in managing musculoskeletal pain, headaches, vertigo, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

This weekend workshop introduces CSA to you through didactic material, demonstration of techniques, and clinical experience for participants. The didactic material covers the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the scalp, and the location and indications of scalp and acupuncture points. Demonstration and hands-on segments cover needling technique and stimulation of needles on your classmates.

Program Objectives

This continuing medical education activity is designed for physicians who have completed the HMI basic training program and have had solid experience in clinical acupuncture, whether in general medical applications, pain management, or rehabilitation medicine, who want to augment their clinical skills to address common and difficult neurological and neuromuscular problems.

With conscientious preparation and participation, at the conclusion of this training program you should be able to:

  • Appreciate the history, theory, and research of Chinese scalp acupuncture;
  • Understand appropriate clinical applications for this acupuncture discipline;
  • Recognize contraindications to the use of Chinese scalp acupuncture;
  • Design and execute treatments for the problems accessible to this discipline.
  • Be prepared to incorporate this technique in your clinical acupuncture practice.

Course Curriculum

You are required to watch two hours of video material featuring Drs. Hao and Helms, and review printed handouts prior to arriving at the workshop. The video material covers the basic anatomy of the Chinese scalp acupuncture zones. Dr. Jason Hao teaches the live training weekend. Documentation of your participation at this segment is through attendance roll call as well as the course evaluations.


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education accredits Helms Medical Institute to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Helms Medical Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure

As mandated by the ACCME, all faculty participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Helms Medical Institute are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation, as well as any discussions of the use of unapproved/unlabelled drugs or devices. HMI faculty also has formally agreed to announce the level of evidence upon which any clinically directed instruction is based.

Course Dates

There is no course scheduled at this time.  Contact the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture for possible course dates.


20-hour course tuition:

To be determined


Helms Medical Institute reserves the right to cancel the course and to change the dates of venue, in which event you will receive a full refund. A minimum service charge of $50 is withheld from all other refunds. Refund requests must be in writing and postmarked one week prior to the advanced workshop weekend, after which time there is no refund.

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