Biopuncture can be used to help speed healing and recovery from pain and sports injuries by using naturally occurring substances to reduce muscle tension and alleviate pain.
Sports Injury Definition:Biopuncture is a therapy is the injection of sterile biological products into specific locations on the body. It is also know as Acupuncture Injection Therapy. The products used in the injection are used to treat pain, swelling, inflammation, and toxin accumulation and are injected into acupuncture points chosen based on Chinese Medicine principle and diagnosis to stimulate an immune response, balance hormones, decrease inflammation, speed recovery, and restore energy. The substances are mostly derived from plants. Most of these injections are given into the skin or into muscles.
What is biopuncture?
The goal of Biopuncture is to stimulate the natural inflammatory processes in order to get a complete and natural healing of the injured tissues.
When would you get biopuncture?
Common indications for Biopuncture include: neck, mid-back, lower back, and sacro-iliac pain; various tendon problems (tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, knee pain); shoulder pain; tension headache, etc. Biopuncture is very successful for treating sports injuries and the relief of tight and sore muscles.
The use of biotherapeutic injections can benefit patients who have tried conventional medicine but have had no success. Biopuncture works great in conjunction with acupuncture for pain and inflammation reduction and speeding healing.
What kind of products are injected?
Products commonly used in Biopuncture are specific homeopathics. Homeopathic substances are micro-doses of natural extracts used at a low dose. Examples of homeopathic substances used are: Traummel for inflammation in the setting of sports injuries and inflammation, Zeel for chronic joint pain, Spascupreel for muscle spasms/cramps, and Lymphomyosot for lymphatic drainage in chronically swollen or congested tissues. Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients can also be injected and the most common one is vitamin B12 (read more on Vitamin B12 here).
What does the research say?
In June 2004, in the medical journal, Clinical and Developmental Immunology – a peer-reviewed, conventional medical journal – researchers showed that Traumeel inhibited IL-1ß and TNF-alpha secretion. Both of these immune mediators are associated with increased inflammation and tissue damage. Traumeel has also been shown to shorten recovery time for acute sports injuries. (Orizola A et al. 2007).
Is biopuncture safe?
The solutions are not in high concentration. They contain diluted products. Therefore, toxic side effects are very unlikely. The medications used in Biopuncture are manufactured by companies that guarantee the production quality of their products. Most of the solutions are made in Germany, under strict quality control regulations. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of solutions like Traumeel and Zeel. If you have a known allergy to lidocaine, procaine, or any substances please notify one of our doctors. At your initial visit, our doctors will explain biopuncture, substances used, and go over risks and what to expect after the treatment to ensure optimal safety and success of the treatments.
What are the risks?
It is clear that the physician who decides to use Biopuncture will always do so according to the latest technical and therapeutic standards. This includes correct injection technique and appropriate infectious precautions with disposable one-time use needles. The most common adverse effects after treatment are a small red area after injection or small bruise. You may also feel tired for 24 hours after treatment or symptoms may get worse but start to improve within 24 hours after the first treatment. Serious side effects are rare.
How do I prepare for Biopuncture?
Do not drink coffee or strong green or black tea for at least an hour before treatment. Avoid getting massage the day of the treatment. Do not take aspirin, fish oils, or other non-prescription blood thinners for 3 days before Biopuncture. Notify your practitioner if you take prescription blood thinners. If you bruise easily, take 1500mg of vitamin C and 500 mg of bioflavonoids twice daily.
After Biopuncture, do not exercise, use a sauna, or use a hot tub for 5 hours after treatment. No deep tissue massage for 2-3 days after treatment.
To learn more about how biopuncture can help you or to make your appointment, please call our office at (425) 686-4498