There are a number of new studies on transcranial direct current stimulation and on transcranial magnetic stimulation. The newly discovered benefits of these therapies include pain relief, treatment for major depression, cognitive enhancement (including speeding up learning, creativity enhancement, and improving mathematical abilities, etc.).
Are these new transcranial therapies really novel? The treatment seems to be strikingly similar to scalp electroacupuncture, which has been used safely and effectively for decades.
We have numerous studies supporting scalp acupuncture for treatment of conditions such as
- pain, complex regional pain syndrome,
- insomnia, depression, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder
- cognitive and memory enhancement, autism
- acute ischemic stroke rehabilitation and prevention, low limb dysfunction of patients with stroke, apoplectic aphasia
- Parkinson’s disease
Acupuncture is much cheaper compared to transcranial therapies
- US$300 is a cost of a typical transcranial magnetic stimulation session
- NZ$70 (US$57) cost of a typical acupuncture session in New Zealand
As brain mapping techniques are becoming more accessible and we’re getting a better understanding of the human brain. This opens opportunities to design new treatments for numerous other conditions with electro-acupuncture, transcranial current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
The image: mapping of the White Matter fibers