Experts say that head acupuncture is not a silver bullet for an IQ boost but serves as an auxiliary treatment to help improve the functioning of the brain.

Acupuncture was mentioned in an ancient Chinese medical text known as Huangdi Neijing, which dates back to about 100BC.

It is one of the most common treatments in traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM.

The procedure involves sticking needles into the head at special points. Photo: Shutterstock

The treatment involves inserting fine needles into special points on the skin, mainly to relieve pain but also to prevent and treat other diseases.

When receiving acupuncture, patients may experience sensations such as soreness, numbness and swelling. Some may also feel slight pain.

Zhou Haijiang, an acupuncturist at the IQ Boost Clinic, introduced several commonly used head acupuncture points.

The Baihui Point, located on the highest point of the head, can be used to awaken the brain and refresh the mind.

Sishencong, literally means Four Intelligence Points and consists of four points around Baihui Point. They can treat headaches, insomnia and forgetfulness.

The Fengchi Point, located at the top of the back of the neck, can improve oxygen supply to the head and face, which helps enhance the memory.

“Acupuncture works by stimulating the head, which activates cells and boosts their activity. Simply put, this is how acupuncture helps enhance intelligence,” said acupuncturist, Hong Shouhai.

Xu Fu, the Director of the Acupuncture Department at the hospital, added that the process is also helpful for people with poor sleep quality and frequent fatigue. It can also help with anxiety and depression.

A head acupuncture treatment session usually lasts about 30 minutes and patients needs it once or twice a week.

“Between 40 and 50 patients come for head acupuncture every day, mainly in the evening, including students and office workers,” said Xu.

This clinic has sparked an online debate about whether acupuncture can truly boost the IQ.

Acupuncture as a form of traditional Chinese medicine dates back to 100BC. Photo: Shutterstock

“Can you become smarter just by getting pricked with needles? This combines traditional Chinese Medicine with scam tactics,” said one online observer on Weibo.

“Do not misunderstand the head acupuncture. Experts clearly stated that acupuncture only has an improving role and is not a magic cure,” another said.

Yu Jin, an acupuncture and brain science professor at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, in southern China said: “Clinical medical verification has confirmed that acupuncture is indeed effective in improving brain function.

“It can promote brain circulation and blood supply, improving intelligence and mental state, but it requires professional doctors to perform it

“Acupuncture has achieved success in treating brain diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, intellectual disability in children and cerebral palsy,” Yu told the Post.