Acupuncture Point Injection
Acupuncture point injection is a technique that combines acupuncture with the injection of substances into specific acupuncture points. It is a relatively modern approach that integrates the principles of traditional acupuncture with the use of pharmacological agents for therapeutic purposes.
In acupuncture point injection, a small needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, and a medication or therapeutic substance is injected into the point. The choice of substances can vary and may include vitamins, ultra-high dilution remedies, herbal extracts, saline solution, or low-dose pharmaceutical drugs. The specific substance used depends on the condition being treated and the desired therapeutic effect.
The injection is typically shallow (acupuncture point depth) and may be administered intradermally, subcutaneously, or intramuscularly (into the muscle layer).
The mechanism of action of acupuncture point injection is thought to involve a combination of the effects of both acupuncture and the injected substance. The acupuncture point itself is believed to have a heightened sensitivity and responsiveness due to its anatomical characteristics and its connection to the body's meridian system. By injecting a therapeutic substance directly into the acupuncture point, it is believed to enhance the local and systemic effects.
Acupuncture point injection can be used to treat various conditions. At the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition we utilize injection therapy for pain management, nutritional deficiencies such as B-12, and facial rejuvenation. It is often employed when the desired therapeutic effect cannot be achieved solely through traditional acupuncture needling or when a more immediate and targeted response is needed.
64B1-4.012 Acupoint Injection Therapies.
Effective March 1, 2002, adjunctive therapies shall include acupoint injection therapy which shall mean the injection of herbs, homeopathic, and other nutritional supplements in the form of sterile substances into acupuncture points by means of hypodermic needles but not intravenous therapy to promote, maintain, and restore health; for pain management and palliative care; for acupuncture anesthesia; and to prevent disease.