Dr Oz: Biopuncture Alternative Treatment
Doctor Oz did a segment called The New Alternative Cure: Biopuncture, after speaking about Alternative Treatments like Arnica (click here to read a recap of Dr O’z favorite Alternative Treatments: Dr Oz Alternative Treatments). Biopuncture combines Acupuncture with Homeopathy to treat everything from pain to allergies. Is Biopuncture safe? How does it work?
Dr Oz: Dr Lee Wolfer & Biopuncture
Dr Oz said that Biopuncture has only been around for 20 years and only a few doctors are currently using it. Biopuncture, also called Botanical Injections, implants a plant-based remedy like Arnica, Echinacea or Chamomile into the areas of your body that hurt you the most. Doctors believe that it works by stimulating your body’s natural healing process.
Dr Lee Wolfer specializes in joint and spinal pain and uses Biopuncture to treat her patients all the time. She said that Biopuncture is an effective way to treat pain even in people who have had no relief for many years. One of Dr Wolfer’s patients, Susan, was in a car accident and had a whiplash injury from that, in addition to neck injuries from falling off of a horse a few times. Susan said that her neck pain effected her life so greatly, that even her own family didn’t want to be around her. She said that from her first Biopuncture treatment from Dr Lee Wolder, she had such immediate relief that she knew she was on the right path. Today Susan has no pain at all.
Dr Oz: What Is Biopuncture?
Doctor Oz asked Dr Lee Wolfer to explain what is Biopuncture? Dr Wolfer said that Biopuncture is an umbrella term for a series of injection based therapies that inject natural products to relieve pain and inflammation. What do they inject during Biopuncture treatments? Generally the injections include low dose botanicals, glucose, and even platelet-rich plasma.
Dr Oz: Biopuncture vs Acupuncture
Dr Oz said that with Acupuncture, the idea is that a needle goes into your skin and sends a ripple of energy (which is why you can feel a needle going into your body). With Acupuncture, they place these needles along lines of energy that run through your body. With Biopuncture, they inject botanical chemicals into these spots so that you can potentially get even more benefits than you can from just sticking needles into your body. The question is, how effective is using these Acupuncture Points for an entrance of medication?
Dr Oz: Biopuncture Treatments
Dr Oz said that Biopuncture is a very new treatment and so lots of doctors are not convinced about it yet. Dr Russ Greenfield said that many people ask how can something with almost no remaining medication in it have any impact? But there is strong supporting evidence that Acupuncture works, and Biopuncture is the same concept except that you get tiny injections at the same time. Dr Greenfield said it sounds promising, though he would not recommend it just yet until there is more research.
Doctor Oz asked Dr Wolfer what she tells doctors who are skeptical. She said that the first thing to point out is that she gets great results with patients, and if people aren’t getting better with treatments that involve needles, they don’t come back.
Dr Oz: Who Should Try Biopuncture?
Doctor Oz asked Dr Wolfer who is eligible for Biopuncture? She said that people who have already tried a Chiropractor, traditional medicine and massage but are still stuck in pain should consider Biopuncture. 1 in 4 Americas live in pain. Dr Lee Wolfer said that she focuses on sports injuries and spinal pain, so people with tennis elbow, knee arthritis and back pain. She also commented that Biopuncture alone is not a treatment, you also need to eat well and exercise, but Biopuncture is key to the treatment.
Dr Lee Wolfer did a demonstration on a volunteer from Dr Oz’s audience named Marta who has pain in her neck that radiates down into her shoulders. Dr Wolfer injected a combination of herbal botanicals, glucose and water into several points along Marta’s neck. Marta said it did not hurt at all.
Dr Oz said that the bottom line is that Biopuncture is still new and being tested, but some people are responding very well to it. Doctor Oz is not endorsing Biopuncture at this point, but if we are in pain he wants us to be aware of the option and continue having open conversations about it. What do you think about Biopuncture? Would you try it? Or have you tried it? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!