Acu-Point Injection Therapy
Acu-Point Injection Therapy involves injection of sterile solutions into traditional acupuncture points. Traditionally, the use of Chinese Herbs were used for this type of therapy to enhance the overall effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment. Today, with the difficulty of getting FDA- approved herbal injectables, we use mostly sterile FDA- approved homeopathic solutions like arnica, trameel, zeel, and others including saline and b-12. The benefit of this therapy includes stronger stimulation to the acupoint with longer lasting results of up to 48 hours as the solution gets absorbed.
Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Trigger point injection therapy may be an option for treating pain in some patients. Sterile solutions are injected into trigger points, historically called Ashi points in Chinese medicine to relief pain. The procedure is used to treat tender/painful points along the channel/meridian or the tight band/knot along the muscle causing pain and inflammation. Trigger points/Ashi points are commonly associated with musculoskeletal disorders including neck, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain syndrome. Furthermore, trigger points may be seen in patients who suffer from headaches and temporomandibular pain. The goal of the treatment is to inactivate the trigger point, Ashi point/tight muscle band, while simultaneously providing the nutrients and hydration the tissues needed to heal and recover. Several sites may be injected in one visit. After a trigger point injection, the area may be tender. It is encouraged to remain active after the trigger point injection in an effort to put the affected muscle through its’ full range of motion in the week after the injection. However, it is advised to refrain from strenuous activity, particularly for the first three to four days after the injection. Typically we use a combination of saline, b-12, trameel, or zeel and lidocane depending on the area being treated.
Neural therapy is an approach that treats local disturbances of the autonomic nervous system. The core of disturbance, called interference fields, are electrophysiologically unstable and emit abnormal neurological signals to which the autonomic nervous system reacts. Interference fields seldom draw attention to themselves and are often found in unlikely places, - surgical scars being the stereotypical example. Even stranger is the fact that the autonomic nervous system may react to interference fields by creating symptoms in remote areas of the body. For example, a hernia scar may be a source of long-standing migraine headaches.
The main challenge in the practice of neural therapy is detection of these interference fields. Neural therapy has been used to treat many different kinds of chronic pain conditions and mysterious conditions that don’t seems to respond well to other treatment options. Treatment is the easier part. The classic method is to inject an analgesic like procaine or lidocaine, which will create a bump or bolus at the injection site in an effort to break up the scar tissue locally and relieve pain.
We only use Methylcobalamin or Hydroxocobalamin which is the bio-available form of B-12. The benefits of vitamin B-12 injections include treating or preventing symptoms, such as fatigue, heart problems, neurological damage, mood changes, muscle weakness and hormone imbalances. Vitamin B-12 is only naturally found in animal protein with the highest amount in red meat, or it is found in fortified foods. People who are vegetarian or vegan also usually need to supplement with the vitamin to avoid deficiency. Also, people who suffer from an inflammatory bowel disease usually suffer form B-12 deficiency due to the lack of abortion of the vitamin. We have found that B-12 Injections can help soothe nerve pain from a shingles outbreak.