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How acupuncture helps activate stem cells


June 2, 2020

David Lyons

Guest contributor

Jun 2, 2020

Louis A. Cona, MD

Medical Director | DVC Stem

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.

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Matthew Murry - MS Patient


"Is the video I posted from this morning! My speech is so easy for me now, got easier throughout the day! I can talk like a NYer (fast) for the first time in years! Praise God!"

- Matthew Murry


Only 3 days after treatment, Matthew is now able to touch his nose with his eyes closed as well as touch his thumb and pinky together. Both of which he was previously unable to do before treatment.

We are excited to see his continued progress. His story will be updated here so keep an eye out!

Matthew showing his progress with mobility

Matthew Murry - 3 days post treatment

"This is exciting stuff, god bless"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient


Matthew experiences sensation in the bottom of his feet after receiving a simple nerve test.

His left foot did not experience any sensation or move at all, but what happened to his right foot is extremely exciting!


Matthew is now able to lift his leg unassisted. He was previously unable to do so.

Matthew is experiencing the benefits of stem cell therapy first hand. You can view his progress video here.

Matthew showing some amazing mobility improvements.

Matthew Murry - 50 days post treatment

"Amazing progress from one of our MS patients Matthew Murray"

Louis A. Cona, MD - DVC Stem


Matthew is able to stand up with the assistance of stability bars.

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.

About the author

Louis A. Cona, MD

Louis A. Cona, MD

Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.

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