Acupuncture Thru The Ages
- Yin and Yang
- 5 Elements
- Meridian Balance
- Biochemical Models
- Cerebral Blood Flow
- Anti-inflammatory Substances
Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture
A. Downregulates Proinflammatory Markers:
- Cytokines: IL-1b, IL-2, IL-6, IL-12, Il 17, IFN-g, and TNF-a
- Neuropeptides: Substance P, Neurokinin A, VIP, Bradykinin, and
Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide
- Cytokines: IL-4 and IL-10.
Freek J. Zijlstra ,CA, Ineke van den Berg-de Lange, Frank J. P. M. Huygen and Jan Klein; Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture; Mediators of Inflammation, 12(2), 59/69 (April 2003).
Clearfield, W., “Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Medical Acupuncture,” Presented at National Symposium, of American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, April 25, 2015, St. Louis, Mo.
Changes in inflammatory markers at the cellular level are the new gold standard for measuring efficacy of various medical interventions.
Example: Humira, Enbrel, Remicade all target and block TNF-alpha
Acupuncture demonstrates changes in the same manner as powerful chemical biologics.
Why Needle the Ear?
1.Effective in relieving acute and chronic pain symptoms.
3.May be applied either as stand alone or whole body rx.
4.Due to innervation and vascular supply, the external auricle maps a pictorial representation of an inverted body.
5.Scanning the ear with a probe or with a battery-operated resistance measuring device identifies zones that correspond to traumatized areas.
French Physician Observations
The Three Phases
Phase 1 : Acute Issues
Phase 2: Degenerative Issues
Phase 3: Chronic Issues
ASP Gold Needle
1.Acute and Chronic Pain Syndromes
5.Stress Induced Apathy and Insomnia
6.Pre/Post Operative Pain Adjunct
1.Pregnancy or potentially pregnant.
3.Needle averse patients
4.Personal history of aversion to needles or a history of vasovagal response to needles.
5.Infected insertion sites
6.Active Flight Duty (Reason?)
BATTLEFIELD ACUPUNCTURE (BFA)
SEQUENCE OF NEEDLES
- CINGULATE GYRUS
- OMEGA 2
- POINT ZERO
- SHEN MEN
Needle first dominate hand side.
General sedation effect
Reduces high blood pressure
Represents the whole diencephalon, including the thalamus and the hypothalamus.
Pre Amplifies signals sent to the cerebral cortex.
Eliminates meaningless background noise.
Highest level of the supraspinal gate control system
Pain disorders, acute and chronic; Auricular acupuncture analgesia.
Neurasthenia, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, over-excitement, sweating, swelling, shock, hypertension, coronary disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, Raynaud’s disease, gastritis, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, liver disorders and gall bladder dysfunctions.
Strengthens the brain and calms the mind.
Second needle-needle side of greatest pain attenuation first.
Reduces inflammatory reactions
Elimination of toxic substances
Excretion of metabolic wastes
Alleviates anaphylactic shock.
Geometrical and physiological center of the whole auricle.
Creates balance and homeostasis.
Balances energy, hormones and brain activity.
Supports the other auricular points.
Located where the umbilical cord rises the inverted fetus pattern.
Point Zero serves as the ’autonomic brain; Controls visceral organs
Tranquilizes the mind and allows a harmonious connection to essential spirit.
Alleviates stress, pain, tension, anxiety, depression, insomnia, restlessness, and excessive sensitivity.
Universal point-useful for auricular analgesia.
Drug, alcohol, detoxification.
Coughs, fever, inflammatory diseases, epilepsy and high blood pressure.
Battlefield Acupuncture Points
Pain before acupuncture Pain after acupuncture
Anterior Cingulate Cortex Anterior Cingulate Cortex
Pain before acupuncture Pain decreased after acupuncture
Battlefield Acupuncture and near-infrared spectroscopy – Miniaturized computer-triggered electrical stimulation of battlefield ear acupuncture points and 50-channel near-infrared spectroscopic mapping
Litscher G, Bauernfeind G, Gao XY, Müller-Putz G, Wang L, Anderle W, Gaischek I, Litscher D, Neuper C, Niemtzow RC
Medical Acupuncture 2011;27(4).
BFA OXYGEN CHANGES IN THE CNS
- Easy to Teach
- Sealed Sterilized Needles Can be Carried in Pocket
- Rapid: Seconds to Insert
- Designed for Hostile Environment
- No Need to Disrobe/Expose Body Parts
- Needle Disposal Not Problematic
- Results: Rapid 1-3 Day Pain Reduction (conservative)
Patients Who Had Not Responded To Western Medical Treatment
- ∙80% Response Rate
- ∙Pain Relief Generally Lasts For Days
- Subsequent Treatment Provides Longer Term Relief
INSERTION OF NEEDLES
Push Do Not Squeeze
- OBTAIN A HISTORY AND PERFORM A CLINICAL EXAMINATION
- DO NOT TREAT ANY UNDIAGNOSED PAIN
- Select Patient Appropriately
- Obtain Informed Consent
- Clean Hands – Clean Ear
- Place Needle With Patient Sitting
- Advanced BFA
- Find Dominant Ear
- Dissimilar Metals
- Assess Pain Level
- After Care
- After Care Of ASP Needles
- Signs of infection
- Do not rub on ears after bathing
- Sleep on a soft pillow
- Caution With Children
TYPES OF STIMULATION
STIMULATION OF THE EAR DIFFERENT COLORS DIFFERENT FREQUENCIES
What Do With An Inadequate Response
- Complete Sequence Bilaterally
- Linear placement of ASP Needles
Alternate Gold and Silver
- Cluster around point that caused greatest drop in pain score (at least 2 points on scale of 1/10)
- Complete one ear and if not 0-1/10 needle opposite ear
Linear Placement W Alternate Metals
1.History and Physical ( Must Perform!)
2.During the History and Physical Insert N points into ear points (bilaterally)
3.After 2 minutes Shen Men, Point Zero and Omega 2 bilaterally
4.Occasional Piezoelectric Stimulation: LI-4, -PC-6, ST-36, ST-43 and Liv-2,3,4
Location of “N” Point
Smoking Cessation I
Bilateral Ear Points
3.Lung 1 or 2
Tee Mie I
Tee Mie II
Smoking Cessation II
Smoking Cessation Protocol
2 treatments per week 30 minutes each
2 weeks total (4 treatments)
Request patient to begin smoking cessation on the 2nd treatment.
If non compliant terminate therapy.
3 ear points: Appetite Control Point, Shen Men and Point Zero
Treat 15 minutes only
1.14-28 day Detox-Elimination Diet
2.Paleo Style Maintenance Diet
3.B12/MIC, Glutathione Injections
- D-phenylalanine Detox Supplement
- Medications (Optional)
a.Phentermine, Low Dose Prozacb.Naloxone (Low Dose), Buperion
c.Green Jacket (ephedra (27 mg), green tea)
Seirin No 3 needles
Needles in Allergy Point, Shen Men and Point Zero points over 30 minutes then replace with gold ASP needles. Repeat entire protocol twice weekly.
Intradermal needle Liver Pt. x 21 days
When symptoms resolve go to ASP needles as needed.
Liver as Nidus of Allergies
Mast cells; Immunoglobulin IgE antibodies Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
Long-term pathophysiologic changes and tissue remodeling associated with chronic allergic inflammation
Acquisition of new food allergies following liver transplantation well-known.
Immunosuppressive Drugs as Etio?
Not seen in transplant-acquired food allergy in cardiac, pulmonary, or renal-transplant
Traditional Allergy Rx. Vs. SAAT
Start with insomnia 1 and 2 (bilaterally) using gold ASP needles. If the patient comes back and the the problem is still on going repeat but add Shen Men and Point Zero.
If the sleep problem still persists, start with seirin needles bilaterally over 30 minutes and then add gold ASP needles.
Continue in this fashion and try to slowly taper down.
- Vertigo Point
- Shen Men
- Point Zero
ASP needles bilaterally
- Sexual Desire
- 2.Shen Men
- Pt. Zero
Seirin # 3 Needles x 15 minutes then ASP needles 1-2/wk x 3-4 wks.
Menopausal and Gyn Issues