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. This highly effective treatment is an ideal technique in a time-constrained practice environment.

This one-day workshop introduces you to CSA through pre-course study then on-site didactic material, demonstration of techniques, and hands-on experience. The didactic material covers the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the scalp, plus the location and indications of scalp acupuncture points and zones. Demonstrations and clinical blocks cover needling technique and stimulation of needles on your classmates. A low learner-to-preceptor ratio is maintained for highly personal attention for each participant.

Dr. Nick Kouchis and senior preceptors teach the workshop. Early application is recommended as attendance is limited.

Program Objectives

This continuing medical education activity is designed for physicians who have completed the HMI basic training program and  want to augment their medical acupuncture knowledge and 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.


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 ABMA board-approved programs may be considered.

Participants must have an active medical license.


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.