Brain mapping like the White Matter fibers map in the picture can be used to design transcranial therapy or cranial electro-acupuncture tretments.

Transcranial current stimulation

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 electro acupuncture, which has been used safely and effectively for decades.

We have numerous studies supporting scalp acupuncture for treatment of conditions such as

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

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  • Vitalis

    There are some further benefits. Transcranial stimulation benefits skills of mental mathematics. People exposed to five 40 minutes of TRNS sessions could do the mental calculations twice as fast as people who received sham treatment. Their ability to remember mathematical facts such as time tables improved five times!

    http://www.cell.com/current-biology/retrieve/pii/S0960982213004867