Acupoint Injection Therapies

ACUPOINT INJECTION THERAPIES (AIT):

WHAT IS AIT?
Acupoint Injection Therapies (AIT) are used when regular acupuncture fails to provide the desired results or is deemed to be ineffective for the specific problem. AIT means the injection of herbs, homeopathics, and other nutritional supplements in the form of sterile substances into acupuncture points/original site of the pain caused by acute or chronic injury or inflammation, to promote, maintain, and restore health; for pain management and palliative care; for acupuncture anesthesia; and to prevent disease.

PROLOTHERAPY

Also known as non-surgical ligament reconstruction and a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints, which act like shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength. Ligaments also have many nerve endings and therefore the person will feel pain in the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose (eg. knees, shoulders, back).

Prolotherapy uses a sugar-based solution that is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized Inflammation in these weak or injured areas, which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself, strengthening and tightening and thereby stabilizing the area. The response to treatment varies from individual to individual and depends upon one’s healing ability. Prolotherapy can also help with weight loss/gain and headaches.

PRP (PLASMA RICH PROTEIN)

Also used for chronic pain, and for more severe lesions in tendons and ligaments. The part of the blood which contains specific cells called platelets, which have two jobs: 1) help the body form blood clots when bleeding. 2) release a whole range of Growth Factors which are important in healing and assist the autologous cells to regenerate tissue.

PERINEURAL INJECTION

A simple and very effective treatment for pain. It uses injection of sugar near cutaneous nerves that extinguishes neurogenic pain and neurogenic inflammation.

NERVE HYDRODISSECTION
After surgery or trauma a build up of scar tissue can cause entrapment of nearby nerves, resulting in chronic pain or stiffness. Acupoint nerve hydrodissection can help relieve pain around scar tissue or the site of injury.

NEURAL THERAPY
Used for  physical or emotional trauma, surgery, illness, disease, accidents and scars of the autonomic nervous system/ANS, that create blockages, in which, a person may feel stuck in a flight or fight response, causing fatigue, pain, burn-out, inflammation and the inability to heal (Harris, J.,ND.).

BIOPUNCTURE
Acupoint injection of non-toxic substances into acupoints or trigger points, such as homeopathics for musculoskeletal pain, acute and chronic disease and emotional imbalance.

CHINESE HERBAL INJECTION
Acupoint injection of Chinese herbs for acute and chronic disease, imbalance and fatigue 

(eg.common cold).

VITAMIN INJECTIONS
Injection of sterile vitamins, like B12, into acupoints to support the body and its systems.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Aaron Nickamin

Doctor of Acupunture & Oriental Medicine
DAOM, AP, L.Ac, LMT, JSJ, JSJAP, CAA, KSTP

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