by Lisa Andersson
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, “Millions of Americans suffer from acute and high-impact chronic pain, and while the prescription of analgesics to treat pain continues to decline in response to the opioid epidemic, it is more important than ever to re-engage pain clinicians, the public and concerned stakeholders with the importance of delivering the right care to patients suffering from pain. Therefore, a primary educational objective of the Academy is to raise awareness about the wide range of treatment therapies available to help patients suffering from pain and pain-related psychosocial dysfunction regain their quality of life.”
New to the complementary and alternative options for pain treatment is an injection therapy called Biopuncture, which was founded in Belgium by family practice physician Jan Kersschot, M.D., in 1991 to treat common pain and inflammatory problems. He introduced Biopuncture in the U.S. in 2008.
Biopuncture is based on conventional diagnosis, and has undergone several decades of clinical experience and research which has shown it to be a safe, effective tool in the treatment of pain. It is often used in conjunction with improved nutrition, as well as movement and conditioning, which assist in improving the body’s ability to heal and lessen tissue inflammation. It can be combined with conventional treatments or used when other treatments have not achieved optimal results.
Biopuncture uses ultra-low doses of natural substances mainly derived from plants and minerals which are injected using small needles just below the skin or in the muscle into specific body zones to decrease inflammation and relieve pain. Because they are injected, they produce a “turbo effect”, or a faster healing time. Very. Most people report little to no discomfort. Unlike conventional medicine, which typically suppresses symptoms, Biopuncture works on a cellular level, so the immune system is stimulated, which leads to bioregulation.
The products are manufactured in Germany and distributed by two U.S. Companies, Medi-Natura and Hevert. Medi-Natura has five products: Traumeel is the leading product, which reduces pain and swelling. Lymphomyosot is used for lymphatic drainage and to promote detoxification and cell preparation. Zeel is used for arthritis. Spascupreel is used to decrease muscle spasm. Neuralgo-Rheum is used for nerve pain.
Hevert also has five products: Arnica is for muscle pain, bruising and swelling due to injury/overexertion. Calmvalera Comp is for restlessness, insomnia and mild depression. Gelsemium is for for nerve pain. Hepar Comp is for liver and biliary disorders, and Lymphaden is for lymphatic edema.
Treatment is aimed at the root cause: inflammation and subsequent pain. Biopuncturists first determine the level of injury and the location through an in-depth history and physical. The pain may originate at a superficial level from an underlying organ or muscle, ligament, tendon or myofascia, as well as a nerve. The tissue typically becomes chronically inflamed, producing chemicals that cause the pain. Musculoskeletal problems include sprains and strains, arthritis and joint pain, back/neck pain, tendonitis, whiplash, plantar fasccitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain or residual pain after surgery. Medical problems including sinusitis, asthma, irritable bowel, eczema, bronchitis, migraine headaches and hay fever.
Because the ampules contain very low concentrations of the active substances, side effects are rare. They are manufactured by companies with high quality control standards that perform ongoing validity testing and research. The products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Many patients are not able to take NSAIDs (Ibuprofin, etc.) due to bleeding risk. While these over-the-counter remedies may be a short-term solution for some, using them for the long term could lead to gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and kidney complications. Steroids can be used intermittently, but have been linked to bone demineralization and decreased immune system response. Biopuncture can be utilized as often as twice weekly without any interaction with other medications or treatments.
Lisa Andersson, RN, ANP-BC, is owner and biopuncture practitioner at Harmony Health NP located at 290 Church St., in Saratoga Springs. For appointments, call 518-769-2900 visit harmonyhealthnp.com.