Many people are familiar with Traditional Acupuncture and that it’s origins are from China dating back 1500 years. It works by moving or balancing the Qi in the body and it’s explanations have little or no modern scientific explanations, but it is known to impact the body and be a catalyst for healing. It is rooted in concepts of Taoist philosophy that embraces the natural rhythms of life, contact with nature and the influence of the heaven’s and stars. These are powerful truths that have a profound impact upon our being.
With the advancement technology scientists in Asia, Europe and Russia have been exploring the physiological and molecular mechanisms of acupuncture using high-tech facilities in biomedical laboratories since the 1950’s. In the 1970’s the USA began research into the scientific mechanisms of acupuncture with studies at UCLA and the National Institute of Health (NIH). This outgrowth has stimulated the development of new forms of acupuncture that are of Evidence Based Medicine and are departures from the traditional acupuncture based upon Taoist philosophy. These new forms are based upon the functions of the Nervous Systems, neurophysiology and neuroendocrine-immunology hence there are categorically referred to as “Neuro-Acupuncture”. There are three major new forms: 1) Scalp, limited to points on the head, 2) Auricular, limited to points on the ear, 3) Integrative Neuromuscular Acupoint System (INMAS) also known as Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management.
The three new forms differ from one another. Scalp is limited to needling on the head and directly impacts the Central Nervous System (CNS). Auricular limits the needle insertion to the ear(s) and impacts the CNS. INMAS aka Biomedical Acupuncture uses many of the traditional acupoints located thoughout of the whole body and directly impacts the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) and CNS. Explore Neuro-Acupuncture: