Microcurrent Articles

Reducing inflammation with microcurrent
One of the most important aspects of treating any disease is to reduce inflammation.  Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic.  Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to an insult-either a toxin, infection or injury. This stimulus causes the area of the body to produce an increase in plasma and leukocytes to fight this attack. This initial reaction then produces pain, swelling and redness.  As the inflammation progresses, the local vascular and immune system participates in this process. Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells which are present at the site of inflammation. If the inflammation persists then chronic tissue changes take place which lead to the death of the cell and results in scar tissue.  Quick and gentle elimination of the inflammation is the best way to prevent the chronic changes. Many allopathic (traditional) treatments use suppressive treatments which do not treat the underlying cause but simple reduce the swelling.  These treatments are non homeopathic and go against natural laws of healing.

Microcurrent can be very valuable in reducing inflammation and at the same time, microcurrent stimulates cellular activity and regeneration. I would like to share with you several articles that support this.

The first article is “Anti-inflammatory effects of interferential frequency- specific applied microcurrent”.  This was an animal study measuring the effects of microcurrent in reducing swelling of mice ears after an application of arachidonic acid.  This study demonstrated that when frequency specific frequencies were used there was a 70% reduction in ear swelling.
The second article is “Cytokine changes with microcurrent treatment of fibromyalgia associated with cervical spine trauma”. In this study, 49 patients with fibromyalgia were treated with microcurrent. Five patients did not tolerate the treatment. The remaining 49 patients reported reduction in pain on a 10-point scale of 7.3 to 1.3 with the first treatment. Thirty-one patients reported symptomatic relief from fibromyalgia following an average of eight treatments. Interleukin levels were all reduced from 330 to 80pg/ml  (this was a measure of reduction in the inflammatory response). During the same time period, beta-endorphin and cortisol both increased from an average of 8.2 to 71.1pg/ml (factors necessary to help the body to heal.)

Microcurrent Stimulation for Retinitis Pigmentosa

I have been using microcurrent stimulation in the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa for the last 10 years. I have observed that many patients have expansion of their visual fields with improvement of acuity and visual function after microcurrent treatment. The results of 18 patients treated were reviewed from 2000 to 2009. 16 patients had an expansion of visual fields ranging from 5 to 25 degrees. This was measured  using a Campimeter (A tangent screen to measure central colored visual fields – white, red, green and blue).

A recent study was published from the University of Rome  using electroacupuncture in the treatment of a rat model of retinitis pigmentosa.

Lucia Pagani, Luigi Manni, Luigi Aloe. Effects of electroacupuncture on retinal nerve growth factor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression in a rat model of retinitis pigmentosa. Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine, NGF Section, CNR-EBRI, Via del Fosso di Fiorano, 64, 00143 Rome, Italy  Accepted 20 March 2006 Available online 11 May 2006
The study  revealed that daily sessions of low-frequency EA during a critical developmental stage of retinal cell degeneration cause an increase of retinal nerve growth factor (NGF) and NGF high-affinity receptor expression; and increase of outer nuclear layer (ONL) thickness; and enhanced vascularization.
These findings suggest the possible beneficial effects of EA treatment in the development of RP-like retinal degeneration of RCS rats and that the mechanism through which EA might exerts its action on the regulation of NGF and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and/or their receptors in retinal cells. To view the complete article

Can microcurrent be harmful in wet macular degeneration?
A patient recently asked me if microcurrent can be harmful in cases of wet macular degeneration.  Their question was “If microcurrent increases blood flow won’t this cause more bleeding?”
Wet macular degeneration is a condition in which tiny blood vessels grow into the retina. These new blood vessels are very fragile and have a tendency to bleed and leak fluid. It is important to know the cause of these blood vessels are a decrease in circulation which results in hypoxia (decrease in oxygen) This decrease in oxygen triggers the body to produce Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). This is a chemical that signals the retinal cells to produce more blood vessels.
Increasing the blood flow of normal blood vessels and increasing oxygenation will decrease the production of VEGF and slow the development of new leaking blood vessels.
Microcurrent can increase the blood flow of normal blood vessels and it can reduce inflammation.  Please read the article in this week’s newsletter on studies that show that microcurrent reduces inflammation.
Stem Cells and Microcurrent
A critical aspect of successful stem cell therapy is to make certain that the environment of the patient is optimal for stem cell transplantation.  Doctors who are conducting stem cell therapy emphasize that the following must be done to insure success.
*A proper diet, that includes all-organic foods, is critical in the weeks leading up to, and the first several weeks following, stem cell transplantation. In addition, the patient must eliminate consumption of gluten, GMO foods, dairy and alcohol during that time as well.
*Oxygen saturation levels must be checked. If oxygen saturation is low, supplemental oxygen may be needed.
Chronic or acute infections must be treated. Dr. Steenblock has observed that over 50% of Macular Degeneration patients, who do not respond well to stem cell therapy, have a chronic sinus infection. The chronic infection must be treated before stem cell transplantation is to be conducted.
*Heavy metals that have accumulated in the patient’s body must be removed prior to treatment.
There is good evidence that microcurrent will improve the function of stem cells after transplantation. This is supported by numerous published research articles showing that microcurrent improves circulation and stimulates cellular activity.
Journal of Jinan University of Natural Science and Medicine. Wang Quian, Zheng Lei
Direct microcurrent may influence the adhesive characteristics of osteoblasts. The adhesion of osteoblasts on the matrix material will be enhanced when the surface of the material was full of positive electrons. This conclusion plays an important role in bone tissue engineering promoting cells attach to matrix materials.
Altern Lab Anim. 2001 Nov-Dec;29(6):693-701. England University of Nottingham, Todd I, Clothier RH
Electrical stimulation of transforming growth factor-beta 1 secretion by human dermal fibroblasts and the U937 human monocytic cell line.
One form of microcurrent (designated phase 1) stimulated both dermal fibroblasts and U937 cells to secrete transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1), which is an important regulator of cell-mediated inflammation and tissue regeneration. This article supports the potential of micrcurrent to improve the results of stem cell transplantation.