Louis A. Cona M.D.
Oct 9, 2019
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.
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.
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.
About the author
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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