Acupuncture Injection Therapy or Acupuncture Point Injection (AIT), is an integrative therapy that blends the best of Chinese Medicine with conventional and homeopathic medicine. Employing this technique, AIT certified Acupuncture Physicians inject natural therapeutic substances such as homeopathic remedies or vitamins, into acupuncture points specific to your wellness needs.
By stimulating powerful acupuncture points with proven natural substances, we can affect the body on a deeper level and create a healing climate.
AIT is particularly effective for the resolution of acute and chronic pain in the body, particularly in the shoulder, back, knee, and neck along with treating arthritis, bursitis,tendinitis and spasms. We also use AIT techniques in many of our weight loss protocols , Cosmetic Acupuncture, Wellness injections to combat flu and even our B-12 Injections. B-12 Injections help not only with weight loss but also with depression, high cholesterol and Fatty Liver.
Sometimes referred to as "biopuncture," AIT earned well-deserved attention in early 2011 when Dr. Mehmet Oz featured the therapy on his televisiion show.
More about AIT: In order to use AIT as a therapy, Acupuncture Physicians must complete additional didactic and clinical training beyond their traditional education. An additional certification in AIT must be earned in order to practice this technique.
What is the function of Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a co-factor in the transfer of methyl groups in the body, important in the synthesis of DNA. B12 is also important for carbohydrate metabolism. A symptom of B12 deficiency can be neurological problems because the nervous system uses carbohydrates as a main fuel source. In addition, B12 deficiency can result in Megaloblastic Anemia, a type of anemia in which the red blood cells grow without dividing, becoming enlarged.
What are symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
- Low energy
- Tingling sensation or numbness in hands or feet
- A swollen, red cracked tongue
- Mood changes
- Trouble concentrating and remembering things
- Megaloblastic anemia
- People with a deficiency of intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor is produced by the stomach lining and is necessary for the absorption of Vitamin B12 Removal of a portion of the stomach (i.e. post-gastric bypass surgery)
- Malabsorption diseases (Celiac Disease, Colitis, Crohn’s disease)
- Lack of or deficiency of stomach acid. Stomach acid is necessary for making Vitamin B12 available from food. People taking heartburn medication, such as proton pump inhibitors, are at a higher risk for B12 deficiency and may benefit from alternative therapies to control/eliminate the heartburn or have regular Nutrient IV therapies and/or Vitamin B12 injections
- People with tapeworms
- Alcoholics Excessive use of antibiotics
- Excessive use of anti-convulsant medication
- Daily consumption of Aspirin may increase the risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. Discussing alternative therapies or having regular nutrient IV therapy and/or vitamin B12 injections can help.
- Taking the diabetic medication, Metformin, is associated with a higher risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency. Never stop your diabetic medication without a physician’s advice. Diabetics on Metformin can benefit from regular nutrient IV therapies and/or regular B12 injections to replenish their Vitamin B12 levels.
- Liver Disease
The best way to correct a deficiency of Vitamin B12 is through a Vitamin/Nutrient IV that contains vitamin B12 and/or via vitamin B12 injections. When administered intravenously or through injection, the Vitamin B12 is not subject to gut absorption and the entire dosage administered is available to the body for use. Any excessive amount not used by the body is flushed out in the urine due to vitamin B12 being a water soluble vitamin.
Acupuncture Injection Therapy For Weight Loss:
Vitamin B12 combined with MIC in an injection is used to facilitate weight loss and boost energy, aiding in the use of food for energy and in the breakdown of fat.
What does MIC stand for?
- MIC stands for Methionine, Inositol, and Choline.
Methionine: An essential amino acid, meaning that it cannot be synthesized in the body. Methionine helps form SAM (S-adenosyl methionine), which is the “activated” form of methionine. SAM does the following:
- Breaks down estrogens Carnitine synthesis (the fat carrier molecule of the body)
- Choline synthesis
- Creatine synthesis
- Epinephrine synthesis
- Melatonin synthesis (aids in sleep, a powerful antioxidant)
- Nucleic acid synthesis- a component of DNA Breakdown of histamine
- Glutathione synthesis (the major detox antioxidant of the body)
- Maintains cartilage health
- Transports fats through the body
- Helps convert food into energy
- Helps neurons communicate better with the body’s nervous system
- Vital for hair growth
- Inositol combined with choline produces lecithin, aiding in the breakdown of fats such as cholesterol
- Inositol may also be involved in depression. People who are depressed may have lower than normal levels of inositol in their spinal fluid. In addition, inositol participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to be a factor in depression. (Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit messages between nerve cells.) For these two reasons, inositol has been proposed as a treatment for depression, and preliminary evidence suggests that it may be helpful.
- Normal functioning of all of the body’s cells
- Brain and nerve function
- Liver metabolism
- Transportation of nutrients throughout the body
- Has been linked to a decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Decreases the risk for heart disease as it helps break down fat such as cholesterol
- Helps prevent accumulation of fat in the liver- often known as Fatty Liver Disease
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Be-Thin™ is composed of essential nutrient groups that promote a healthy metabolism. These ingredient groups are:
Acetyl l-carnitine, the biologically active form of the amino acid L-carnitine is a unique nutrient that supports fat and sugar metabolism. Acetyl l-carnitine facilitates the youthful transport of fatty acids into the cells mitochondria, better enabling dietary fats to be converted to energy and muscle.
L-leucine assists in maintaining lean body mass. It also helps to burn fat, not muscle.
L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid. Although the body can produce L-arginine, increased dietary consumption has been associated with improved health effects. Known for improving blood circulation, research indicates that an increased intake of L-arginine may be beneficial for enhancing lean tissue growth and promoting lipolysis (fat breakdown).
Be-Thin™’s lipotropic components choline, L-methione, inositol and betaine are the right combination of lipotropic nutrients with the ability to mobilize fat from the liver and increase metabolism.
Methionine works by decreasing liver fat, while Choline emulsifies LDL so that it does not stick to the body’s arterial walls. Additionally, Inositol helps in the redistribution of fat throughout the body.
Betaine deactivates harmful substances in the body such as homocysteine. It also assists in the detoxification of the liver and the digestion process.
Be-Thin™ is super charged with vitamin B12, from methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is considered the most potent form of vitamin B12 found in nature and the only active form of vitamin B12 in the brain outside the mitochondria. We need methylcobalamin for the healthy development and sustenance of our circulatory, immune and nervous systems.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Folic Acid are also an integral part of this group of vitamins. Vitamin B1 helps the body to release the energy stored in fats, proteins and carbohydrates, allowing the body to use and burn them.
Folic acid plays an important role in the breakdown of lipids or fats. It is critical for nucleic acid and amino acid metabolism and is required for cell division. Folic acid is also involved in protein digestion and fat burning.
Supplementing with Be-Thin™ may help:
• Increase metabolism to burn fat
• Accelerate oxidation of fats for ATP creation
• Promote lean muscle mass
• Increase energy and endurance
• Reduce appetite and cravings
Many of my patients have been coming to me for this amazing shot called Engystol. It's great for preventative care or if your already not feeling well. Also great to get before school starts up or flu season begins. Engystol is an immunomodulating medication which has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms during an acute viral infection and help protect from subsequent infections.
Natural Alternative to Boosting Your Immune System
Viruses are very tiny germs which lie around our environment all of the time just waiting for a host cell to come along. Viruses are parasites that infect cells and cause disease. They affect only certain cells in your body causing common cold symptoms. They can affect your whole body, such as with an influenza virus leaving you with all over muscle soreness and fever. They can enter us through the nose, mouth or breaks in the skin. Once the virus is inside it finds a host cell to infect. It attaches to living cells and once inside destroy DNA thus taking control of the cell which is forced to build more viruses until it explodes. For example, cold and flu viruses will attack cells that line the respiratory or digestive tracts. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, attacks the T-cells of the immune system. A special hormone called interferon is produced by the body when viruses are present and this stops the viruses from reproducing by killing the infected cell and its close neighbors. Most viral infections can last from 2 days to 2 weeks. Viral infections are caused by viruses and bacterial infections are caused by bacteria. The most important distinction between bacterial and viruses is that antibiotic drugs usually kill bacteria, but they aren’t effective against viruses.
Engystol is an immunomodulating medication which has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms during an acute viral infection and help protect from subsequent infections. The goal of a treatment with Engystol ® is to activate and support the defense mechanisms of the body, i.e., to strengthen the natural immune response in case of a viral invasion. Numerous studies document the therapeutic and preventive benefits of the homeopathic preparation Engystol ® in cases of infections with or without fever such as bronchitis, herpes, otitis, flu, etc.
Benefits of Engystol • Scientifically demonstrated efficacy • On the international market for over 35 years • May be used for both prevention and treatment of viral infections • Stimulates the non-specific defense system (immunomodulator) • Suitable for the entire family • No known contraindications and very well tolerated • May be combined to other natural or conventional immunomodulating therapies and medications
Preventive effect A study evaluating the prophylaxis effect of Engystol ® against influenza demonstrated that treatment with Engystol ® reduced the frequency of influenza infections compared to the control group .Moreover, the duration and severity of symptoms was considerably lower in the Engystol ® group.
What does Engystol® contain?
Engystol® contains two main active ingredients: • Vincetoxicum hirundinaria (swallowort), which has been associated with the stimulation of host defense mechanisms • Sulfur (sulphur), which has been widely used homeopathically for treating a range of conditions, including skin diseases, acute and chronic inflammation, and hepatic and gastrointestinal complaints.
If you’ve been suffering from any of the following:
•Colds and/or influenza (flu), or trying to avoid them (going on a trip, for instance)
•Sinus infections, chronic or acute
•General immune system deficiencies
•Herpes virus-related issues – shingles, post-herpetic neuralgia, cold sores, etc.
•Other viral infections
There may be a remedy out there to help relieve your symptoms (without adding more side effects in the process!). Engystol is distributed by -Heel USA (manufactured in Germany). Its main action is on stimulating the non-specific immune defense system.
In my practice, I utilize the FDA-approved injectable vials of Engystol for any and all of the above purposes. The tablets are good, but not nearly as strong as the injectables. Yes, it is a homeopathic preparation of two specific ingredients. Yes, there is scientific research on it. Yes, it kicks butt in the research in both in vitro and in vivo. People are often blown away by the results they get from something so simple.
Traumeel is used for pain. Great for treating specific trigger points.
Zeel is indicated for the treatment of arthrosis/osteoarthritis, and /or rheumatic joint diseases and for the relief of symptoms such as pain and joint stiffness. Great for bursitis, tendonitis and arthritis.
Spascupreel is used to treat muscle spasm, IBS and PMS.
These are all HOMEOPATHIC. That means, although it was made from a substance it has NONE of the original substance present in the formula. It isn't an HERBAL, it is a HOMEOPATHIC of an herbal.
Typically, the injections are given from every week to once a month and recommended with a healthy diet and exercise. The injections can be given to most adults, but are generally not advised for those on blood-thinners or nursing mothers.
Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation
Andrea Murphy, DOM, AP, helps eliminate the signs of aging by firming up sagging skin reducing wrinkles using three natural treatments, effectively rejuvenating your facial skin's vitality for healthier more youthful appearance. The non-surgical, non-invasive and all natural bio-injectables used in cosmetic acupuncture treatments are a safe, effective and affordable way to combat unwanted signs of aging. Andrea, evaluates the condition of your skin, in combination with your current health and family history to prescribe an individualized treatment allowing for the best possible results. Your personal treatment may involve a combination of many different skin rejuvenation techniques including:
Gua sha and/or Sliding Cup
How Does Microcurrent Therapy Work?
Each tissue type in your body has its own signature electrical frequency, which may be disrupted by injury or disease. Microcurrent therapy simply restores normal frequencies within the cells, resulting in remarkable improvements in pain, inflammation and function.
At the cellular level, microcurrent therapy stimulates a dramatic increase in ATP, the energy that fuels all biochemical functions in the body. It also bumps up protein synthesis, which is necessary for tissue repair. The ensuing enhancement in blood flow and decrease in inflammation translates into reductions in pain and muscle spasms, as well as increased range of motion.
Gua sha/Sliding Cup releases unhealthy toxins and stimulates blood flow.
Typically if a patient is coming twice a week for Cosmetic Acupuncture, one treatment would be injections and the next treatment would be acupuncture with another modality like microcurrent or gua sha/sliding cup.
How to Prepare:
No facials on day of injections and must wait 24 hours before getting injections
No injections if you have had Botox
No more than 81 mg of Asprin. If taking more then 325mg then must be off 2 days prior to treatment.
Cut all alcoholic beverages out 2 days prior to treatment. These two things will cause more bleeding.