Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

Program Description

Chinese scalp acupuncture (CSA) is a a contemporary first-line treatment for the busy practitioner that combines acupuncture with conventional biomedical understanding of the neuroanatomy, 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 quickly produce convincing responses even in old and difficult problems.

CSA can be used as a solo treatment or in combination with auricular acupuncture and energetic body treatments for motor and sensory problems. CSA has demonstrated reliably positive results in managing musculoskeletal pain, headaches, vertigo, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

The HMI team has included CSA as the third acupuncture technique taught to military residents in the Nellis Project (, following auricular acupuncture and surface release technique.  Once learned, CSA becomes the first line of approach for all musculoskeletal complaints, often the only one necessary to achieve satisfactory results.  It is the ideal first step for pain when working in a time-constrained practice environment.

This one-day workshop introduces you to CSA through online videos, didactic material, demonstration of techniques, and hands-on experience. The didactic material covers the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the scalp, and the location and indications of scalp acupuncture points and zones. 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 90 minutes of video material featuring Dr. 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. Douglass Powell and senior preceptors teach the workshop. Documentation of your participation is through video sign in, attendance roll call, and the course evaluation.


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 12 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 Date

March 4, 2017 in Tempe, AZ.  

Registration begins at 8:00 AM.  Instruction runs from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM with lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.

This course is limited to 30 participants.


12-hour course tuition:

$800 through February 3, 2017;  $850 February 4 through 24 if paying by credit card. 
$775 through February 3, 2017;  $825 February 4 through 24 if paying by check.
Tuition includes beverages and snacks at the workshop.  Lunch is on your own.


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 by February 21, 2017, after which time there is no refund.

Course Location

The workshop will be held at Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ. 

Rooms at Tempe Mission Palms start at $240 (plus hospitality fee and taxes) per night.  This rate covers lodging, complimentary WiFi, and complimentary airport shuttle.  Call the TMP reservation desk at 800-547-8705 and use code TMPCAT16.  You are not required to stay at Tempe Mission Palms.  There is no Day Use Fee for this workshop.

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