About a hundred people in Las Cruces are traveling to Albuquerque on a regular basis to seek what many are calling a "modern miracle." These "miracles" are being produced by Dr. Linda Hao and Dr. Jason Hao, two Chinese immigrants who are practicing a relatively new form of acupuncture.
Neuro-acupuncture or "scalp therapy" has been developed over the last 40 years in the United States in large part due to the Haos. The couple have now written a textbook and founded the ;nonprofit Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe.
This method of healing combines the ancient Eastern practice of acupuncture with Western neuroscience. By stimulating certain areas of the scalp with needles, the Haos are convinced that many neuromuscular diseases, as well as those paralyzed by strokes and accidents, can find healing.
One of the most publicly recognizable patients to have achieved a high level of success after visiting the Haos for treatments, is country music legend Randy Travis. Travis suffered a massive stroke in 2013 that left him completely debilitated. He underwent brain surgeries that reportedly left him with little hope of surviving. Then, Travis found his way from Dallas to the Haos in Albuquerque.
Travis, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, was able to rise out of his wheelchair, stand at the podium, accept the award, and sing "Amazing Grace." “With the treatment he is doing so much better," Linda Hao said. "He doesn't need to hold on. He doesn't need a stick anymore. And he was able to sing 'Amazing Grace' in our office."
The Haos say the results of neuro-acupuncture are so remarkable they have had to convince the medical community of its effectiveness. So three years ago, Jason Hao returned to school to learn how to film and document their patients. The Haos say today, paralysis patients are often referred to them from neurosurgeons and specialists. The success stories they document are shared with the medical community and with students at their institute in Santa Fe.