Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

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Program Description

Chinese scalp acupuncture (CSA) is 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.

Early application is recommended. Attendance is limited to 30 students.

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. Nick Kouchis and senior preceptors teach the workshop.

Completion of a 300-hour medical acupuncture training course is a prerequisite to attend this course. The HMI course is strongly preferred; applicants who have completed other programs may be considered.

Course Date

Friday, August 23, 2019 in Chicago, IL

Registration begins at 7:45 AM. Instruction runs from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM with lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.

Course Location

The workshop will be held at Edward Hotel Chicago, 6600 Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.

A group rate of $112 (plus 14% occupancy tax) per night is available at Edward Hotel Chicago. This rate covers lodging, complimentary hot breakfast, WiFi, and O’Hare Airport shuttle with connection to the L transit to Chicago Loop. Reservation information will be provided upon acceptance to the course.


Course tuition:

$725 for registration through August 1, 2019
$800 for registration after this date
Payment can be made by check or by using this link to pay online:

Course tuition for BOTH the CSA and Graduate Refresher courses:

$1700 for registration through August 1, 2019
$1900 for registration after this date
Payment can be made by check or by using this link to pay online:


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 August 8, 2019, after which time there is no refund.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  Helms Medical Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide 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 this HMI program are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations, 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. None of the preceptors or others in control of course content has any financial relationships to declare.