Posted by: corneliadavies | June 4, 2014

Scalp Acupuncture

Scalp acupuncture

I’ve recently been on a post-graduate course in scalp acupuncture. While most of us acupuncturists use points on the scalp, scalp acupuncture is a different discipline, which uses joined-up zones on the scalp, and which has a different theory behind it. As is the case for many acupuncturists, some of the theory was covered during my TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) training in China, but no practical was included. I’ve wanted to do a hands-on scalp acupuncture course for ages, as I’ve had a growing suspicion that it would enhance the treatment I can offer to a specific handful of people in my practice. However, there aren’t often scalp acupuncture courses available in the UK, so this was an exciting opportunity.

The course was great: we covered theory, and we also spent some happy practical time working out how to locate the zones, measuring each other’s heads, and finally, carefully and gently, learning the needling techniques, which are slightly different from regular acupuncture ones. So I had my head zones needled as well as trying it out on my fellow work-shoppers. (Don’t ever let me hear you say I don’t practise what I preach!)

One of my colleagues, a lovely man called Paul had the “right” sort of haircut (shaved!) and, inevitably, he went home with felt pen lines drawn on his head, which he encouraged us all to photograph and film. Our lecturer, Dr Liu, was worried about marking up Paul’s head: “But you’ll go home with marks showing on your head…”  “It wouldn’t be the first time,” answered Paul with a genial smile, “Acupuncturists always want to draw on my head!”

Scalp acupuncture was pioneered in the 1970s by various Chinese doctors. One of these, Dr Jiao Shunfa, was a doctor of neurology who developed scalp acupuncture as a further method of benefitting brain function.  Because of his neurological expertise, he was able to identify specific area of the brain that he felt might benefit from the insertion of acupuncture needles close by, though on the outside of the scull, in the scalp. All Chinese doctors study both Western medicine and TCM during their training, which puts them in a strong position when it comes to combining knowledge of both disciplines.

Nowadays, scalp acupuncture is used in Chinese hospital departments, particularly ones working in the fields of neurological problems, such as stroke rehabilitation and Parkinson’s disease.

Not all Western acupuncturists use scalp (zone) acupuncture, as there are all sorts of different post-graduate training opportunities open to us each year, and we each make our own choices on how best to advance our professional skills.

For the majority of patients TCM alone is a very, very good option. However, I’m beginning to experience that the addition of scalp acupuncture is useful with certain people with specific, mainly neurological issues.

If you’d like to read more about scalp acupuncture you could try googling and see what comes up, or try this link:

Posted by: corneliadavies | May 3, 2012

Update on ‘Oetzi’ the acupuncture iceman

Here’s an update on ‘Oetzi’ the 5,300 year-old man found in an Austrian glacier. Oetzi has acupuncture points tattooed on him. These points are in the same positions as ones that could be used in modern times to treat the sort of degenerative bone issues that showed up on scans of Oetzi’s mummified body. This is interesting as it shows that there was knowledge of acupuncture points as early as 3,000 BC.  Ancient stone acupuncture needles have been found in Mongolia, dating from 7,000 years ago, but this is the oldest body showing such marks.

Scientists are still examining his body and have recently discovered that he didn’t die immediately from an arrow wound that was previously thought to have killed him and they’ve managed to identify traces of blood around the wound.

Posted by: corneliadavies | April 19, 2012

Here’s a link …

Here’s a link to an interesting research pilot study on acupuncture and depression from the University of York. Results so far show that GP referral patients are as likely to choose acupuncture as seeing their GP in cases of depression, and are more likely to choose acupuncture than counselling. A full research study is likely to follow now that these results are out.

Posted by: corneliadavies | April 6, 2012

Tai Chi is good for the heart and circulation

Here’s a short article about a piece of research that’s shown tai chi is a good exercise to keep the heart healthy in elderly people:

Posted by: corneliadavies | March 13, 2012

Acupuncture’s positive effect on mystery illnesses

Here’s a link to an article about good research results in a study on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of people with mystery illnesses.


Apart from the benefits to the patients in the study, the author points out the benefit to the healthcare budget, as people with mysterious illness generally cost the healthcare system more than people with more easily diagnosed illnesses.

Posted by: corneliadavies | October 21, 2009

My New Book Is Out!


This past few weeks, I’ve been so busy with the details of my book publication that I had failed to mention in my blog that it was even on the way!

The book is called Acupuncture: The Limericks, and it’s what it says and more. If you’ve ever wanted to find out about acupuncture, the easy way, this is it. You can read about what patients feel about treatment, diagnoses, acupuncture used for specific illnesses, cosmetic treatment, yin and yang and so much more… and each tiny chapter is summed up in a couple of limericks.

More about this soon, but meanwhile here’s one about a sports’ enthusiast:

Young Elizabeth’s damaged her wrist,

Squished at squash… hit too hard… wished she’d missed!

Then she let out a yelp,

Called Doc Pins for some help…

And the gist? “Help this twist to desist!”

Posted by: corneliadavies | August 22, 2009

Hello world!

Hello. Welcome to my acupuncture blog.

I am an acupuncturist working in Loddiswell and Kingsbridge, South Devon, UK. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council. I trained in the UK in the early 1980s and have upgraded my skills frequently, including during an extended training in China.

I am widely known as Nini.

Here’s a link to my website:

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