How acupuncture helps activate stem cells

Louis A. Cona M.D.

This article introduces acupuncture and its potential benefits when paired with stem cell therapy.

It is not uncommon for physicians in Western Medicine to incorporate modalities from Eastern Medicine. Although the two fields are somewhat different, a combination of techniques can often yield better results for a variety of treatments. Unfortunately, many Eastern practices are largely misunderstood in the West, and for this reason, the general public tends to shy away from their benefits. One of these practices, acupuncture, has been used for over a thousand years in the East. Recently, studies have shown how acupuncture actually increases the potency of a person’s stem cells.

What is Acupuncture?

A staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been used for centuries to quell pain in the body. It was believed that the body contained pathways that could be manipulated with the use of acupuncture needles. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin and light, often going unfelt by the patient. It was only in the 1960s when Korean scientist, Kim Bonghan, theorized that the body contained physical microscopic communication channels. Although not able to fully study the channels due to technology at the time, he began to map the body and the effects he could attain with different treatments. These channels are now known as Bonghan Channels today. We now know that these microscopic pathways exist within blood and lymphatic vessels, forming networks across the body. They carry a liquid inside them, including hyaluronic acid, as well as small fragments of DNA. These substances are highly reactive and associated with stem cell activation.

How do Stem Cell Therapy and Acupuncture Relate?

Stem cells exist within the body and age with us throughout the years. They are stored and travel around blood vessels seeking inflammation and need for repair. They are undifferentiated cells, cells that can become any other type of cell, ready to transform when necessary. Medical stem cell treatments often seek to supplement the number of cells in the body, or trigger the activation of our body’s own dormant cells. It is not yet fully understood how the body chooses when to activate these cells. Through the use of acupuncture, researchers have sought to do just that. Studies have shown that manipulating Bonghan Channels stimulates the dormant traveling stem cells within them. This action triggers the release of a significant number of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into the bloodstream. Furthermore, it was observed that different acupuncture points released different forms of reparative cells, effectively allowing practitioners to “target” the effect of specific areas of the body. There are a number of studies underway mapping out the effect of acupuncture on stem cell release. However, the potential activation benefits, without the use of drugs, cannot be overlooked to maximise stem cell treatment effectiveness.


Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid


2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.


Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."


5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months post treatment

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

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