It is important to embrace a mindset of “neuroscience” when locating and needling Neuropuncture acupoints. Some of these points are near or directly under traditional TCM acupuncture points; however, you must learn to adapt a mindset of neurophysiology or you will completely miss the concept and have difficulty achieving optimal results. Remember, 2500+ years ago there was no advanced imaging science like we have today and no understandings of molecular sciences. People did not even perform any autopsies due to cultural respect for their ancestors, and as a result, they had less understanding of neurology and the neurosciences. What is truly amazing is that when we compare the findings of Neuropuncture and neurophysiology to traditional acupuncture systems, we can appreciate our predecessors’ developed and keen powers of observation. Through my research into different needle techniques and differentiating De Qi sensations, I have realized that they were observing different neural receptors and afferent neural tracts. The location of the traditional meridians and the pathways of nerves all illustrate the tedious examination process our predecessors employed to develop the type of acupuncture we know today.
When performing acupuncture, I firmly believe that we must embrace the sciences and apply more neuroscience, because that is exactly what we are influencing. We are masters of manipulating and modulating the nervous system. Our nervous system communicates with every cell in our body and controls every bodily function. Using the ancient art of acupuncture, we insert needles into acupoints distal from the brain and then attach clips and send specific electrical messages through these acupoints to communicate directly with the brain, resulting in profound physiological balancing.
When compiling the actions and indications for the following Neuropuncture acupoints, I chose to list the neurophysiological understandings and conditions I often treat clinically. In this respect, I follow the laws of neuroscience; however, it is difficult to list the applications for balancing all the individual neurological pathologies that can potentiate, from pain to visceral dysfunction, so I compare “neurological deficits,” from depolarizing said nerve tracts, to accessing the terminal receptors, and all the pathologies that can exist from within these parameters. That is the beauty of Neuropuncture: the ability to treat Western medical diagnoses by interpreting them with neuroscience pathologies and treating them accordingly. That is exactly what Neuropuncture is. That is why I associated the Neuropuncture acupoints with conditions I have utilized successfully in my clinic.
The acupoints listed on the following pages have been presented with the name of the Neuropuncture acupoint, then the nearest associated TCM acupoint, major nerve innervation, spinal segment (where the nerve connects to the spinal column when applicable), and conditions that have been successfully treated. Conditions treated can be applied to many other pathologies than those that are listed.
There is a saying in martial arts: “Learn the form, to grasp the technique. Grasp the technique and forget the form.” Once you understand the application and the underlying neuroscience, then the applications are vast. Apply the following neuroscience information to your present tcm acupuncture protocols and try to grasp a deeper understanding of your treatment and gain further insight into your treatment mechanisms.