Biopuncture

Biopuncture:

What is Biopuncture?

Biopuncture is a therapy whereby specific locations are injected with biological products. The majority of the products are derived from plants. Most of these injections are given into the skin, muscles, or joints and are safer alternatives to some conventional medicine treatments like cortisone injections and less invasive than surgery.

Who May Benefit from Biopuncture?

The use of biological injections can benefit those patients who have tried conventional medicine but have had no success, or those who want to avoid the side effects associated with many conventional medication treatments. For those patients who want to avoid surgery (for example, for sciatica), it is an interesting healing technique. In some patients it may be advantageous to combine the conventional approach with
Biopuncture. 

What is Cortisone?

Cortisone is not used at Optimum Health. Cortisone is a common anti-inflammatory used by many doctors. It should only be used every 3-4 months. Unfortunately, it is often overused in the medical community. Cortisone has many side effects: weight gain, fluid retention, osteoporosis in men and women, lowered immune system, slow wound healing, disturbances in sleep pattern, raise in blood sugar, raise in blood pressure, and steroid acne. The side effects are cumulative. Extreme overuse has been shown to cause Cushing’s disease. The injections can be very painful because the fluid is thick and a large gauge needle is necessary for administering the injection.

What Injectable Products Does Optimum Health Use?

Traumeel® –Traumeel is used in the relief of pain related to muscle spasms, inflammation or injury. When injected into the effected muscle, or trigger point site, (Trigger Point Injections / TPI’s) Traumeel acts as an all natural muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, and natural pain reliever. It has the same results as cortisone, but without the side effects or pain. The injections are minimally painful and sometimes painless. The injections work in 85-90% of patients. They can be done frequently with no adverse effects. Traumeel is made of 14 plants and herbal mineral extracts. Arnica , Belladonna, Calendula, Chammomilla, and Echinacea, just to name a few. It is also FDA supervised. Zeel®– Zeel is used as an anti-inflammatory for joints, ligaments, tendons, bursae, and fascia. It is excellent for tendonitis, bursitis, tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and arthritic joint pain. It is all natural with no side effects. It is FDA supervised. The injection is minimally to nearly painless. After the injection, an ice pack is applied to the injection site for 5-7 minutes. Typically, only one injection is necessary. Occasionally a second injection is required. It has the same results as cortisone, but without the side effects or pain Sarapin® – Sarapin is an anti-inflammatory used primarily for pain of neuralgic (nerve) origin, such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and shingles. It is made from the extract of the Pitcher Plant. It is all natural and has no side effects. It is FDA supervised. It is long acting. It can be used in the same joint or affected area only three times in one year. Lymphomyosot® is used for for the temporary relief of swelling due to poor circulation, minor injury and environmental toxins. Example: ankle sprain or strain Spascupreel®is used to relieve muscular cramps and spasms. Spascupreel can be combined with for relief of painful muscular injuries.

Are These Products Safe for Me?

Yes, because the ampoules do not contain high concentrations of active substances. They usually contain diluted products. The fact that most ampoules only contain low concentrations of plant extracts is often a reason for conventional physicians to criticize the effects of these products. But it is important to know that the products used in Biopuncture are not diluted as much as in “real” homeopathy. That’s why we call them ultra-low doses. As a result, toxic side effects are very unlikely. These injections are working through the stimulation of the immune system similar to how small amounts of a particular product are used in vaccines. Biopuncture produces its clinical effects because it stimulates your immune system to restart its innate healing capacities. And that effect can last for months or years. Additionally, the ampoules used in Biopuncture are manufactured by companies that guarantee the production quality of their products. Heel USA. Most of the ampoules used for injection are made in Germany and are held to very strict quality control regulations. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of these products.

How Does Biopuncture Help My Pain or Inflammation?

In conventional medicine, the 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 or inflammation. And usually it works immediately. But as soon as the medication stops working, you have to take another pill to “kill the pain” again. However, in Biopuncture small doses of products are injected in order to stimulate the natural healing processes. These ultra-low 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 your body may be, for example, better local blood circulation, tissue repair, relaxation of muscles or local detoxification. During the reparation of tissue, your body is even more vulnerable and it is a good idea at this stage not to overuse the part which is treated because it is still in the process of repair.

Will Biopuncture Help Me like Conventional Therapies?

It’s obvious that injections of such tiny doses are less powerful than, for example, cortisone injections. The dose used is too small to suppress the inflammation immediately. But that’s not the goal of Biopuncture! We consider inflammation to be an important element of true and lasting healing. The goal of Biopuncture is to support the natural inflammatory processes in order to achieve a complete and natural healing of the injured tissues. As a result, the pain may even get worse the next day (“reaction phase”). Sometimes the pain may shift to other areas because the body is adapting to the new situation (“adaptation phase”). Biopuncturists regard these phases as positive. As a result, the symptomatic relief may take a while, especially when the problem has been there for months or years. However, when dealing with fresh injuries, these injections can give results very quickly.

Where Are the Injections Given?

Most people — especially those who are apprehensive about injections because they may have had bad experiences with injections in their childhood — are surprised at how easily and quickly these injections are given. In fact, these injections cannot be compared to the ‘usual’ injections given in conventional medicine. They are not as painful as an injection in, for example, a hospital because the needle used is very fine and the quantity injected is very small. Most of them are given into or just under the skin, others are given into specific muscle points or into your ligaments (= bands that hold bones together). Your doctor doesn’t give the injections arbitrarily, but they are administered in carefully chosen spots. The place where your doctor injects the product is as important as the product itself. It’s different for each patient.

How Many Biopuncture Sessions Are Necessary?

The fact that your doctor uses small doses of natural products instead of cortisone injections means that you have to be more patient. If you have had problems for several months or even years, your doctor must work on different layers. If it is a complicated case, your doctor must also look for deeper causes of your complaints and work on these. This may be the case when treating, for example, headaches or migraine with Biopuncture. Sometimes your hormonal system has to be regulated. Or you need a detoxification (“cleaning” of the body) first. As a result, you may need several sessions to feel the results of the treatment. Because these products do not cause any major side effects, you may be motivated to be more patient than usual. In the long run, however, the results of Biopuncture are longer-lasting because the healing comes from within and does not depend on the pills you take every day to take away the symptoms.

When Should My Physician Suggest Biopuncture?

A lot of patients choose to be treated with Biopuncture because they have experienced unwanted side effects of conventional painkillers. However, it is important to realize that Biopuncture isn’t designed to ‘take away’ the pain as with conventional medication. Pain is seen as an important ‘signal’ from your body that something is going wrong. It is similar to a red light on the dashboard of your car: the aim is not to just ‘remove it’ but to look for the deeper cause. This means that if pain can be alleviated with Biopuncture – without prescribing painkillers or without surgery – there is good reason to conclude that the deeper cause of that particular pain has been eliminated. The treatment for inflammation is similar. Inflammation goes with pain and swelling and that is uncomfortable, but the inflammation is also a crucial part of tissue repair and healing. Instead of blocking the inflammation with medication (taking anti-inflammatories or receiving a series of local steroid injections), biopuncturists try to regulate the inflammation (if possible) in order to support the natural healing mechanisms.

Can I Expect Immediate Improvement After An Injection?

Sometimes you improve immediately after the first injection. An immediate improvement is rather likely to happen when dealing with a fresh sports injury and when your immune system is working properly. But when dealing with complaints that have persisted for months or years, the injured tissues need some time to heal. Then you will need several sessions before you notice any improvement. Sometimes the doctor has to change the product or the place of injection before you start feeling better.

Will My Condition Feel Worse Immediately After My First Treatment?

Yes. Especially the day after the injection, you may feel worse, experiencing more pain or discomfort. This is exactly the opposite of the so-called placebo effect! This temporary worsening of complaints usually means that the healing processes are being activated. In Biopuncture this is called the “reaction phase” and it means that real healing is on its way. It is also important to give the body the opportunity to heal itself. Especially if it is an old or complicated injury, it may take a while before the tissues or functions get repaired. While the body repairs itself, the “reparation zone” may be extra fragile. During this “reparation phase” you should not overuse that zone. In other words, don’t go working in the garden the day after you received injections in your low back muscles.