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.
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.