The positive effects of acupuncture have been
known for centuries. Developed and practiced by
the Chinese, acupuncture was taken to France and
Europe by the Jesuit Missionaries on return from
differed between East and West with some
terminology differing, but what remained
remarkably constant was the situation of
acupuncture points and meridians.
The main acupuncture
system is the standard body system but, over the
years, systems of ear; foot, hand and scalp
acupuncture have developed also.
Over the ages methods of
stimulating acupuncture points have evolved from
the earliest use of a stone hammer to strike the
points to various types of needles, heat
stimulation with Moxa, acupressure, ultrasound,
laser, and the modern electronic stimulation.
Since acupuncture points
have been demonstrated to lie on the skin, and a
nuclear medicine research team in Paris has shown
the existence of the acupuncture meridians along
the skin, in the exact position as claimed by the
Chinese in early times, modern medicine is paying
more attention to the potential of acupuncture as
a serious method of health control.
Acupuncture points have
been demonstrated to be minute areas on the
surface of the skin which have a larger
concentration of nerve endings and thus a lowered
electrical resistance to the surrounding skin,
and this has allowed these points to be
accurately detected by electronic potentiometers.
Because the intake of
electrical energy at these points is transmitted
along the energy pathways, or meridians, it seems
logical that the most effective method of
stimulating acupuncture points is by electrical
Also, since the
acupuncture points are on the surface of the skin
there is now no need to penetrate the skin, and
it is being demonstrated that, in fact,
transcutaneous electrical stimulation of
accurately located acupuncture points is more
Why Acupuncture Works
Modern research has established a scientific
basis for the effects of acupuncture. It has been
shown that acupuncture is effective in the
production of the pain relieving, relaxing
endorphins which control pain. Articles have
established that acupuncture raises serotonin
levels, the deficiency of which allows the
histaminic effects of allergy problems.
With rising health costs,
the increasing adverse reactions to drugs, such a
simple device, able to be used at home on a
frequent, low cost basis is rapidly becoming
popular throughout the world as a exceptional
basis for controlling pain.
In 1985, Dr Dean Richards developed what was one
of the first effective hand held units which both
detected points then without moving the unit from
the point, stimulated them electronically.
Following 20 years
extensive acupuncture study, Dr Richards wrote a
manual which described by diagrammatic and
written means, the location of what are the most
effective group of points for a variety of
The manual and device
were progressively upgraded, until, at present,
they form part of a comprehensive kit, comprising
the manual "Simple Health Maintenance",
and the state of the art device, "ACUPLUS".
This kit, so simple to use by practitioners and
public alike, and not involving skin penetration
has proven so popular that the basic book has
been translated into eight languages and the kit
being exported to countries including South
Africa, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Canada, United
Kingdom, U.S.A. (with F.D.A. approval) etc.
Suffice to say, the book,
and the original self-treatment device have sold
over a hundred thousand copies internationally,
with exceptionally pleasing testimonials.
Features and Use Of ACU-PLUS
The ACUPLUS has a remote earth strap to attach to
wrist or ankle, a remote probe for point location
and treatment, and, the pocket sized stimulator
itself, which, run on 4 x AA batteries, has a
sensitivity dial for varying skin resistances, a
tonify-disperse switch to reverse the current
where tonifying or dispersing as required as
indicated by the manual, a treatment button
incorporating a 45 second automatic treatment
timer, and a very wide range intensity dial to
cope with varying skin resistances.
There are treatment
programs in the manual for 200 common conditions
including all pain problems, joints pain,
arthritis, sporting injuries, allergies, sinus,
headache, menstrual pain, bowel problems, stress,
insomnia, M.E., concentration and attention,
health maintenance etc, with a section on beauty
therapy with face toning and a comprehensive
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