The development of the worlds first accurate simulation of traditional needle treatment
The MAD-1 and Acupuncture point stimulation.
|The MAD-1 was initially developed to be the
first device ever, to GENUINELY replicate the effect
of the insertion of acupuncture needles into the
Research into the MAD-1 began because of the vast number of people who suffer from serious and debilitating disorders, who have found that acupuncture provides the most effective treatment for their conditions. However, many of these people had found that although acupuncture was extremely effective, they simple could not afford an adequate amount of treatment, as the effects of acupuncture tend to be very short-lived. In fact, tissue injuries and most emotional disorders need to be treated on a daily basis for the treatment to be really effective and to produce lasting changes.
|This state of affairs left many people
having to resort to drugs, with all their
associated side effects and health implications.
It was obvious to us that we had to find a way of making the undeniable effects of acupuncture available in a form that could be readily utilized, where, when and in the quantities that it was required.
|We began by testing the numerous acupuncture
point stimulators that were on the market and
found them to be either completely ineffectual
or actually detrimental for most conditions and
particularly for people with emotional
disorders, usually making the patient actually
feel more agitated and stressed. Some of the
stimulators did have an effect on pain
conditions, but produced none of the other
therapeutic effects that are associated with
traditional acupuncture. This was perhaps not
surprising as most of them worked in the same
way as a
TENS machine, that is, they applied a direct
electric shock to the surface of the skin.
It became very apparent, that what we needed to do next was find out what was actually happening in the human body when an acupuncture needle was inserted into it, so that we could find a way to precisely replicate the effect. We did not set out to become involved with, or to resolve, the much debated issue of exactly how traditional acupuncture treatments produce all the far reaching therapeutic effects that they do. We just wanted to find enough data on what was happening around the inserted needles, so that we could accurately reproduce the effect of it.
Intercellular Communication; the foundation of life itself.
Much of the cellular communication that
takes place inside the human body is
instigated by ‘charged ions’ passing from
one cell to the next. We wondered whether
this 'cellular communication', was what the
acupuncture needles were actually effecting,
so we set about devising ways of measuring
the tiny electrical changes that take place
inside the body. Using specially coated
needles and very sensitive equipment we
found that a small voltage was indeed being
generated between the tip of the needles and
the surrounding tissue deep inside the body.
|The tiny voltages that acupuncture
needles generate inside the body
inevitably produce a sustained flow of
charged ions, which then produces
chemical changes inside the cells.
We investigated the possibility of replicating the beneficial effects of acupuncture by directly applying these very low voltages to tender (active) acupuncture points. However, this approach proved to be ineffective or actually counter productive in some instances!
We tried every wave shape, frequency and voltage range imaginable, but none produced the desired calming and balancing effects that were produced by the insertion of a needle, in fact quite the contrary. When we tried using really low voltages of the magnitude developed by the insertion of a needle, there were no discernable effect, whilst increasing the voltage left the recipient feeling anything but relaxed and centred!
Solving the problems
The problem was that however you
applied a direct electric force
(shock) to the body, however tiny,
it was always a ‘forced’ voltage
between two points on the surface of
the skin, unlike the needle which
induced a flow of charged ions
between itself and the surrounding
tissue, at a very specific location
INSIDE the body.
What is the difference between a magnet and an electromagnet?Magnetism.
When a metal has been magnetised it exhibits the attraction and repulsion towards other magnets that we can feel if we hold two magnets close together. Magnets only have strong effects on other magnets and have minimal effects on non-magnetic substances, which includes the cells you are made up of.
Therapy magnets, however well they
are marketed, are identical to the magnets you use to stick
notes to your fridge!
Electromagnetism or electromagnetic force
Electromagnetic forces are measured in wavelengths which can be extremely variable ranging form waves that can be thousands of kilometres down to wavelengths of a fraction the size of an atom. To start to understand electromagnetism it is organised into something called the Electromagnetic Spectrum, which categorises the huge variety of electromagnetic forces there are in the universe.
All the forces involved in interactions between atoms can be traced to electromagnetic force including the intermolecular forces between the individual molecules in our bodies.
For the human race, one of the most important qualities of electro-magnetic waves are that they impart an electrical 'charge' to the substances that they pass through. All our electricity, both in our bodies and that comes out through the sockets in your home are produced by electromagnetism.
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