The Homeopathic Clinic, Claremont, Cape Town

What is Biopuncture?

Biopuncture is a therapy whereby specific locations are injected with Homeopathic medicines to treat primarily musculoskeletal condition. The majority of the medicines are derived from plants. Most of these injections are given into the skin or into muscles. The finest gauge needle is used to make it as painless as a tiny prick.

Biopuncture is used in a similar manner to which physiotherapist's use dry needling for treatment of a range of musculoskeletal conditions. However, together with the use of the Homeopathic injection, one is able to achieve faster and longer lasting results than dry needling alone.

Are these products safe for me?

Yes, because the ampoules do not contain high concentrations of active substances. They usually contain diluted products. As a result, toxic side effects are very unlikely. Additionally, the ampoules used in Biopuncture are manufactured by companies that guarantee the production quality of their products. Most of the ampoules used for injection are made in Germany and are held to very strict quality control regulations. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of ampoules such as Traumeel.

Has it been proven that Biopuncture works by stimulating the immune system?

Biopuncturists have observed the effects of these injections for decades. Recent research on Biopuncture has given new insight on how these products seem to do the job. For example, scientific investigation has illustrated that Traumeel indeed works via the immune system. In June 2004, an article was published in an important medical journal, Clinical & Developmental Immunology, identifying the mechanisms of action of Traumeel included both inhibition of IL-1 beta and inhibition of TNF-alpha secretion.

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

In conventional medicine, the drug you take suppresses your symptoms immediately. That is why you need to take high doses of chemical substances in order to suppress, for example, pain or inflammation. And usually it works immediately. But as soon as the medication stops working, you have to take another pill to "kill the pain" again. However, in Biopuncture small doses of products are injected in order to stimulate the natural healing processes. These ultra-low 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 your body may be, for example, better local blood circulation, tissue repair, relaxation of muscles or local detoxification. During the reparation of tissue, your body is even more vulnerable and it is a good idea at this stage not to overuse the part which is treated because it is still in the process of repair.

Will Biopuncture help me as quickly as conventional therapies?

The small doses used in biopuncture are less powerful than, for example, cortisone injections. The dose used is too small to suppress the inflammation immediately. But that's not the goal of Biopuncture! We consider inflammation to be an important element of true and lasting healing. The goal of Biopuncture is to support the natural inflammatory processes in order to achieve a complete and natural healing of the injured tissues. So, we do exactly the opposite of conventional drugs. The pain may get a little worse the next day ("reaction phase"). Sometimes the pain may shift to other areas because the body is adapting to the new situation ("adaptation phase"). Biopuncturists regard these phases as positive. As a result, the symptomatic relief may take a while, especially when the problem has been there for months or years. However, when dealing with fresh injuries, these injections can give results very quickly.