Biopuncture is a new technique utilized for pain management. It is a safe and efficient injection technique utilizing homeopathic medicines to stimulate the natural self-healing abilities of the body. Specific locations are injected with biological products. Most of these injections are given under the skin or into the muscles. Biopuncture therapy has great potential for those suffering from joint pain, neck pain, back pain, arthritis, sciatica, muscle strains and sprains.
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What kind of products are being injected?
Most ampoules contain low doses of plant extracts. Products commonly used are, for example, arnica, echinacea, nux vomica and chamomile. Arnica is used for muscle pain, nux vomica is injected for digestive problems, echinacea is used to increase the natural defense system of the body. Biopuncturists always inject cocktails of natural products. Traumeel for example is used for inflammations and sports injuries. Zeel is mostly used for chronic pain, mild to moderate arthritic pain, osteoarthritis and joint stiffness. Spascupreel is used for muscular cramps and Lymphomyosotfor lymphatic drainage, relief of swelling due to poor circulation, minor injury and environmental toxins.. Hundreds of different cocktails are available these days.
Are these products safe for me?
The ampoules do not contain high concentrations of the active substances. As only low doses are injected, toxic side effects are very unlikely. Additionally, the ampoules used in injection therapy are manufactured by companies that guarantee the production quality of their products. Most of the ampoules used for injection are made in Germany and are submitted to very strict quality control regulations and systems. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of ampoules like for example Traumeel.
How can these dilutions actually have an effect on my body?
The fact that most ampoules only contain very low concentrations of plant extracts is often a reason for conventional physicians to criticize the possible effects of these products. But one has to add here that the products used in injection therapy are not diluted to the extent that an ampoule contains no active products any more (as in “real” homeopathy). That’s why we call them micro-doses. So, it is more than just injecting water.
How does this small dose influence the body then?
When you receive a tetanus vaccination, only small amounts of a product are necessary to stimulate the immune system (= your defense system) against lockjaw. A few injections can protect your body for several years against such a serious disease! Biopuncture injections are not real vaccinations, of course, but the idea of the mechanism of action is similar: small doses of the right product can have a huge effect. And injection therapy produces its clinical effects because it stimulates your immune system to restart its healing capacities.
Has it been proven that Biopuncture works by stimulating my immune system?
Physicians around the world have experienced the effects of these injections for decades. But the problem was to prove to other colleagues how it really worked. Recent research has given new insights as to how these products seem to do the job. A scientific investigation has illustrated that Traumeel indeed works via the immune system. (Your physician will be surprised to hear that the mechanisms of action of Traumeel include both inhibition of IL-1ß and inhibition of TNF-alpha Secretion.) In June 2004 an article about Traumeel was published in an important medical journal “Clinical & Developmental Immunology” which is a highly respected journal in conventional medicine. If your doctor really wants to know more about this study or is interested in other clinical studies.
But how does Biopuncture work then to help me with my pain or inflammations?
In conventional medicine, the actual drug you take suppresses your symptoms immediately. That is why you need to take high doses of chemical substances in order to suppress for example pain. And as soon as the medication stops working, you have to take another pill to kill the pain again. The same goes for anti-inflammatories, medication to control your blood pressure or pills for high cholesterol. That’s how these drugs are designed. However, in Biopuncture small doses of products are injected in order to stimulate the natural healing processes. These micro doses “wake up” mechanisms which are available anyway. So, the healing effect comes from “inside” your body – not from the products themselves. It’s the reaction of your immune system which will produce the proper reactions to regain natural healing. The reaction of the body may vary from better local blood circulation to relaxation of muscles or a local detoxification of tissues.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency is characterized by megaloblastic anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss [1,2,3]. Neurological changes, such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, can also occur [4,5]. Additional symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue . The neurological symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can occur without anemia, so early diagnosis and intervention is important to avoid irreversible damage .
Strict vegetarians and vegans are at greater risk than lacto-ovo vegetarians and nonvegetarians of developing vitamin B12 deficiency because natural food sources of vitamin B12 are limited to animal foods . Fortified breakfast cereals are one of the few sources of vitamin B12 from plants and can be used as a dietary source of vitamin B12 for strict vegetarians and vegans.
Typically, vitamin B12 deficiency is treated with vitamin B12 injections, since this method bypasses potential barriers to absorption.
Due to its role in energy metabolism, vitamin B12 is frequently promoted as an energy enhancer and an athletic performance and endurance booster. These claims are based on the fact that correcting the megaloblastic
anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency should improve the associated symptoms of fatigue and weakness. However, vitamin B12 supplementation appears to have no beneficial effect on performance in the
absence of a nutritional deficit .
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4 Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.
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6 Clarke R. B-vitamins and prevention of dementia. Proc Nutr Soc 2008;67:75-81. [PubMed abstract]
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- Acute sports injuries
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Tennis or Golf Elbow
- Ankle sprains or strains
- Migraines or cluster headaches
- Immune Deficiency
- Viral Or Bacterial Infections
- Degenerated Discs in the back
- Pinched Nerves
- Weight Loss
- Trigger points
- Disc degeneration
- Muscle Spasms
- Auto-immune disorders
- Herpes Zoster (shingles)
Is Biopuncture expensive?
Although biopuncture is not currently covered by health insurance, it's also not a particularly expensive treatment option. You might be surprised by how affordable it is as compared to the conventional treatments you've used in the past- and how quickly you're back to enjoy to enjoying life with fewer aches and pains.