Biomesotherapy or Biopunture

What is Biomesotherapy or Biopuncture?
Biomesotherapy is a new therapy consisting of the use of homoeopathic products and the stimulation of specific points in the body with a saline solution. Most of these injections are given under the skin or in the muscles. Although these products have been used in Germany (and the rest of the world) for several decades, the specific name Biomesotherapy came into being about a decade ago. In many countries it is called Biopuncture.

What kind of homeopathic medicines are being used?

Products commonly used in Biomesotherapy are, for example, arnica, echinacea, nux vomica and chamomile. Arnica is used for muscle pain, nux vomica is for digestive problems, echinacea is used to increase the natural defence system of the body. Biomesotherapists always use cocktails of natural products. Traumeel for example is used for inflammations and sports injuries, Zeel is used for chronic joint pain, Spascupreel is used for muscular cramps and Lymphomyosot for lymphatic drainage. Hundreds of different cocktails are available for use.

Are these products safe for me?

The ampoules do not contain high concentrations of the active substances, they contain diluted products. As a result toxic side effects are very unlikely. Additionally the ampoules used in Biomesotherapy are manufactured by companies that guarantee the production quality of their products. Most of the ampoules used are made in Germany and are submitted to very strict quality control regulations and systems. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of ampoules like Traumeel and Zeel.

How can these dilutions actually have an effect on my body?

The fact that most ampoules only contain low concentrations of plant extracts is often a reason for conventional physicians to criticise the effects of these products. But one has to add here that the products used in biomesotherapy are not diluted to the extent that an ampoule contains no active products as in homeopathy, this is the reason we call them micro-doses. The micro doses stimulates the body in a similar way to the vaccination reaction. When you receive a tetanus vaccination, only small amounts of a product is necessary to stimulate the immune system to produce immunity against lockjaw. 

Biomesotherapy injections are not real vaccinations of course, but the idea of the mechanism of action are similar: small doses of the right product can have a significant biological effect. Biomesotherapy produces its clinical effects because it stimulates your immune system to restart its healing capacities.

But how does Biomesotherapy work  to help me with my pain or inflammations?

In conventional medicine, the actual drug you take suppresses your symptoms immediately. For Example, that is why you need to take high doses of chemical substances in order to suppress pain. As soon as the medication stops working, you have to take another pill to kill the pain. The same goes for anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, and Statin medications for high cholesterol, these drugs are designed to suppress. However, in Biomesotherapy small doses of products are used in order to stimulate the natural healing processes. These micro doses “wake up” mechanisms which are available anyway.  So the healing effect comes from “inside” your body - not from the products themselves. It’s the reaction of your immune system which will produce the proper reactions to regain natural healing. The reaction of the body may vary from improving local blood circulation to relaxation of muscles or local detoxification.

Will Biomesotherpay help me as quickly as conventional therapies?

It’s obvious the use of micro-doses are less powerful than for example cortisone injections. The dose used is too small to immediately suppress the inflammation, but that’s not the goal of Biomesotherapy. We consider an inflammation as an important element of true and lasting healing. The goal of Biomesotherpy is to stimulate the natural inflammatory processes in order to get a complete and natural healing of the injured tissues. So we do exactly the opposite of conventional drugs. As a result the symptomatic relief may take a while, especially for chronic cases. But when dealing with acute injuries, the effects of the injections are apparent almost immediately.

Where are these injections given?

Most people, especially those who are apprehensive about injections are surprised how easily and quickly these injections are given. In fact these injections cannot be compared to the ‘usual' injections given in conventional medicine. They are not as painful because the needle used is very fine and the quantity injected is very small. Indeed they look more like little pinpricks. The injection is given just under the skin, others are given into specific muscle or pain points. Your practitioner doesn’t give the injections arbitrarily, but they are administered in carefully chosen spots. The site stimulated is as important as the homeopathic medicine itself, it’s different for each patient.

How many injections will I receive each session?

A lot of these injections are given at more than one spot during each session. For example, if your practitioner wants to work on your liver, he or she will give about 7 little injections under the skin on your abdomen. When you have pain in your elbow, they will look for several painful spots in your arm muscles or elbow ligaments, and inject each of them in one session. In such a case, you may receive anything from three to ten little injections in your elbow, neck or arm. So in most cases, several little injections are given in a specific zone (or in several areas) of the body at each session.

How many injections will I receive each session?

A lot of these injections are given at more than one spot during each session. For example, if your practitioner wants to work on your liver, he or she will give about 7 little injections under the skin on your abdomen. When you have pain in your elbow, they will look for several painful spots in your arm muscles or elbow ligaments, and inject each of them in one session. In such a case, you may receive anything from three to ten little injections in your elbow, neck or arm. So in most cases, several little injections are given in a specific zone of the body at each session.

How many sessions of Biomesotherpy will be necessary?

It depends entirely on the condition being treated. Some conditions can be successfully treated with one session of biomesotherapy, other times it is more complicated treatment process.

If you have had problems for several months or even years, we must work on different layers. If it is a complicated case, we will need to look for deeper causes of your complaints and work on these. Sometimes your hormonal system has to be regulated, or a detoxification process completed before starting to work on your symptoms.  As a result you may need five sessions, or even more to feel better.

When you realize that these products are natural with no major side effects, you may be motivated to be more patient than usual. In the long run however, the results of biomesotherapy are longer lasting because the healing comes from within and does not depend on the pills you take every day to take away the symptoms.

Is there an element of risk with such injections?
It is clear that the practitioner who decides to use Biomesotherpy, will always do so according to the latest technical standards. That is his or her duty as a medical professional. This includes a correct injection technique, and of course the use of sterile disposable material. The latter means that the needle has never been in contact with any other patient and that any transmission of disease (e.g. hepatitis, AIDS) is impossible. This should give you confidence in the safety of the technique.

An important issue in Biomesotherapy is the detoxification of the body. It literally means “cleaning the body.” All the toxins that have accumulated in your body, for example from the environment (air pollution), from poor nutrition, or from medication (e.g. antibiotics and steroids) can block your immune defence system. They can also disturb the reflex responses of your nervous system. All these toxins in your body are the reason why your body may not be functioning optimally as it did when you were younger. Eliminating all these toxins is an important strategy, especially when dealing with chronic diseases. Some injections work specifically on the liver and others on the kidneys and on the lymphatic system.

When should my practitioner suggest Biomesotherapy?

Biomesotherapy cannot heal all your medical problems, it is not a miracle therapy. It is up to your practitioner to decide what can be treated, and what can't. The majority of patients choose to be treated with Biomesotherapy because they are in pain and do not support the use of conventional painkillers. However it is important to realise that Biomesotherapy isn’t designed to ‘take away' the pain as with conventional medication. Pain is seen as an important ‘signal' from your body that something is going wrong. It is similar to a red light on the dashboard of your car: the aim is not to just ‘take it away' but to look for the deeper cause. This means that if pain can be alleviated with Biomesotherapy, without prescribing painkillers, there is good reason to conclude that the deeper cause of that particular pain has been eliminated.

I’ve heard that things can get worse immediately after my first treatment. Is that correct?

It all depends, every case is different. Sometimes you improve immediately after the injection. Critics might describe such a phenomenon as a “placebo effect” by saying that you feel better because you believe you’re going to be feeling better. In Biomesotherapy, such an immediate improvement is rather likely to happen when dealing with a fresh sports injury for example. But as stated previously, when dealing with complaints that have persisted for months or years, things need some time to heal. You may even notice that after the first treatments (especially the day after the injection) you feel a little worse, experiencing more pain or discomfort after the first session. This is exactly the opposite of the so-called placebo effect! This temporary worsening of complaints usually means that the healing processes are being activated. In Biomesotherpay it is called the “reaction phase”. But when you understand that this means that real healing is on its way, you will be willing to accept these minor reactions in the beginning of the treatment.

When should I consider Biomesotherapy?

Most practitioners use Biomesotherapy for minor musculoskeletal problems. Neck pain and back pain are good indications for Biomesotherapy, but one can also treat sciatica, ankle sprain, pain in the shoulder and Achilles tendonitis using these natural products.  Biomesotherapy is also very successful in treating sports injuries, tennis elbow, golf elbow, and other similar conditions. However Biomesotherapy is not just used for pain problems. An area of treatment worth noting is the management of allergies and inflammations. For example, one can treat asthma, eczema and hay fever, even patients with bronchitis, cystitis and sinusitis can be treated with this technique. When a practitioner is experienced in the technique, he or she can also treat you for migraine, tension headache, Crohn's disease, colitis, Cluster headache and neuralgia.

Who may benefit from Biomesotherapy?

The use of Biomesotherapy can benefit those patients who have tried conventional medicine but have had no success, or for those who have had to stop taking conventional medication because of side effects. It is an interesting healing technique for those patients who want to avoid surgery (for example for sciatica or sinusitis). In some patients it may be advantageous to combine the conventional approach together with Biomesotherapy. Many people still believe that one has to stop conventional treatments when choosing natural medicine, this is not the case with biomesotherapy.

When is Biomesotherapy not appropriate?

Let us be clear about it: Biomesotherapy cannot heal you from cancer, diabetes, a heart attack or AIDS. Nor is it an appropriate treatment for high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, Parkinson, depression or epilepsy.

In some cases the disease is too serious or too aggressive, and can only be stopped through conventional medication or surgery. Your family physician will confirm this.

When serious damage has already occurred, biomesotherapy will simply be too late to reverse the damage and bring the body back into balance again. For example, a viral hepatitis can be treated with biomesotherapy in order to support the healing mechanism of the body, but liver cirrhosis is a phase where cells are damaged beyond repair and healing is impossible.

The same is true for chronic problems with the airways. Biomesotherapy can help a lot here as long as there is no emphysema or lung cancer involved. That is why it is so important to first have a diagnosis before starting with biomesotherapy.

Conclusion

Biomesotherapy is a safe and efficient technique in complementary medicine. It uses the stimulation of points in the body with saline injections, along with homeopathic medicines to stimulate the natural self-healing capacities of your body. It is worth considering as one of your treatment options.

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