refers to the contemporary science of tissue structures and functions, and their distinctive responses to needling, when choosing acupuncture locations and techniques.
More than just needling “ahshi” tender points, neuro-anatomical acupuncture makes use of:
- Longitudinal and segmental innervation of tissues: dermatomes, myotomes, and the paraspinal chain of sympathetic ganglia.
- Functional organization of myofascial tissues into kinematic chains and movement systems, comparable to the jing-jin (“sinew meridians”) of ancient Chinese medicine.
- Characteristic responses of different tissue types to different needling techniques: myofascial trigger point needling, disruptive/proliferative acupuncture, and more.
- Electro-acupuncture using milli- and micro-amp current to reduce pain and promote tissue regeneration and homeostasis (yin-yang balance).
- Precise targeting and stimulation of tissue lesions with ancient and modern acupuncture techniques.