Biopuncture Therapy

Recent research suggests that somewhere around 40% of North Americans live with some kind of chronic pain, whether that be back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, shoulder pain, nerve pain, or pain related to sports injuries. In other words, more people suffer from chronic pain than heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer combined. Moreover, pain is among the top three reasons patients visit doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, and physiotherapists. Not surprisingly then, treatment for chronic pain is one of the main focal points of developing medicine.

Biopuncture is an emerging therapy that was first introduced to the European medical community in the early 1990s for treatment of pain and other inflammatory conditions. Despite being a relatively modern treatment, biotherapy is well-rooted in conventional diagnosis and therapeutic modalities. After several decades of clinical experience, research, and trials, biopuncture is considered safe and effective in the treatment of pain. Your doctor may suggest biotherapy alongside conventional treatments or in cases where alternative treatments have been ineffective. In fact, the best results from biopuncture therapy are found when patients practice good eating habits and exercise or undergo regular physical therapy.

Essentially, biopuncture therapy is a treatment wherein biologically active substances are injected into specific locations of the body. Most of these “biologically active substances” are derived from plants, and most injections are delivered into the skin or muscles. Some common injections include arnica, Echinacea, and chamomile, and these substances are chosen depending on your specific complaint. For example, arnica can help relieve muscle pain whereas Echinacea is helpful for improving immune response. These extracts are generally diluted to reduce potential toxic effects and the treatment is widely considered to be safe and effective.

The main benefit of biopuncture therapy over conventional treatments is that the biologically active substances used help to stimulate immune response and healing. Alternatively, oral medications are designed to impede the inflammatory response and reduce pain almost immediately, but when the medicine wears off, the pain returns. Biopuncture therapy works to stimulate your natural healing process, so that the pain is reduced naturally and more permanently.

Your natural inflammatory response is considered an important part of healing by many biopuncture therapists. Therefore, the goal of biopuncture is to support the healing process, not to mask the experience of pain. Some patients have reported that pain may actually increase after biopuncture therapy, or it may shift to other areas, but these are normal and natural phases of healing. The main point is to consider biopuncture therapy as a method of stimulating healing, rather than a method of suppressing pain.