What is it?
Biopuncture is a treatment technique that uses biotherapeutic injectable medicine (mostly plant based) for injection into specific points and areas of the body. It is a technique practiced by both primary care physicians as well as specialists in sports medicine, orthopaedics and by specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is important what is injected and where it is injected. There are many medicine combinations and points which can be injected.
What is injected?
Biotherapeutics are medicinal homeopathic products that regulate natural healing, reduce inflammatory processes and stimulate the detoxification processes of the body.
They are products of botanical origin, vitamins, minerals and antihomotoxic remedies. Antihomotoxic remedies are those made according to the theory of Reckewegs’ Homotoxicology.
Most of the remedies originate from plants and minerals. They are diluted and sterilised then packaged in ampoules for injecting. There are usually several compounds in one ampoule, making up a complex remedy. These complexes are diluted but not beyond Avogadro’s point – if chemically analysed you will still find trace amounts of the original substances.
These diluted homeopathic complex remedies are used and are advantageous as the amount of substance being used is not significant enough to produce dangerous side effects.
Medicines commonly used for injection in Biopuncture are, for example, arnica, echinacea, and nux vomica. Arnica is used for muscle pain, nux vomica is often used for digestive problems, echinacea is used to improve the natural defense system of the body.
In Biopuncture we usually inject cocktails (a few different ampoules) of these natural products. Lymphomyosot is used for lymphatic drainage, Traumeel for inflammations and sports injuries, Spascupreel for muscular cramps.
Are these products safe for me?
Yes, because the ampoules do not contain high concentrations of active substances. They usually contain diluted products. As a result, toxic side effects are very unlikely. Additionally, the ampoules used in Biopuncture 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 held to very strict quality control regulations. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of ampoules such as Traumeel.
Location of the injection
As the name Biopuncture implies, there is a connection to acupuncture. Ampoules are injected into reflex zones, acupuncture points, trigger points, pain points and into different structures: e.g. skin, muscles, connective tissue and ligaments.
The locations of injection sites are crucial in determining success or failure of the treatments.
How does Biopuncture work to help me with my pain?
In Biopuncture, small doses of products are injected in order to stimulate the body’s 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 phase, 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.
Can I expect immediate improvement after an injection?
Sometimes you improve immediately after the first injection. Critics might describe such a phenomenon as a “placebo effect” by saying that you feel better because you believe you’re going to be feeling better. Such an immediate improvement is 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.
Can symptoms get worse immediately after my first treatment?
Yes, often 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 time you should not overuse that area. In other words, don’t go working in the garden the day after you received injections in your low back muscles.
Can there be a worsening in the course of the treatment?
When treating chronic complaints, there may be improvement after one or two sessions, which is then followed by a serious worsening of the condition. Sometimes the complaints may be even worse than before treatment. This is usually due to the fact that the doctor is now working on a deeper, underlying, layer. Both doctor and patient should understand that this is not a reason to stop the weekly Biopuncture sessions. This temporary worsening may last a while during the following weeks, before (lasting) improvement is finally achieved.
When should one consider Biopuncture?
Neck and back pain respond well to Biopuncture, but one can also treat ankle sprains, pain in the shoulder and Achilles tendonitis. Biopuncture is also very successful in treating tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. However, Biopuncture is not just used for pain problems, osteoarthritis or sports injuries. An area of treatment worth noting is that of allergies and inflammations. For example, one can treat asthma, eczema and hay fever. And even patients with bronchitis, cystitis and sinusitis can be treated with this technique.
When a physician is experienced in the technique, he or she can also treat you for migraine, tension headache, sciatica, and so on.
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 have had to stop taking conventional medication because of side effects. It is an interesting healing technique for those patients who want to avoid surgery (for example, for sciatica or sinusitis). In some patients it may be advantageous to combine the conventional approach with Biopuncture. Each case should be taken into account individually.
When is Biopuncture not appropriate?
Biopuncture cannot heal you from cancer, diabetes, a heart attack or HIV. Nor is it an appropriate treatment for high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, Parkinson, depression or epilepsy. In cases where the disease is too serious or too aggressive, it can only be treated through conventional medication or surgery. When serious damage has already occurred, Biopuncture will be simply too late to reverse the damage and bring the body back into balance again. For example, a viral hepatitis can be treated with Biopuncture in order to support the healing mechanism of the body, but liver cirrhosis is a phase where cells are damaged beyond repair and healing is impossible. The same goes for chronic airways problems. Biopuncture can help a lot here as long as there is no emphysema or lung cancer involved.