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Acupunture meets nanotechnology

Acupunture meets nanotechnology in a new product called the "health recovery chip."

Investory Howard Xu, a Canadian acupuncturist, is marketing the health recovery chip as electricity- and needle-free acupuncture with the Health Recovery Chip. The website describes the product as "Needle Free Acupuncture Health Recovery Chips - patented composition silicon stone nanometer technology for treatment and recovery of various chronic pain and disease conditions."

I tried the acupuncture health recovery chip at the international conference on integrative mental health in Toronto. It took a bit of courage, because I was walking around a conference full of psychiatrists with what looked like an ancient stone plastered to my forehead. But this was a fairly open crowd, saavy to such therapeutic modalities as use of sophisticated nutritional protocols to help treat psychiatric illness, so nobody said "take me to your leader." In any event, I did immediately feel a tingling in each place where the chip was placed on my skin. The chip itself is neither hot nor cold, but somehow when placed on the body it creates a burning, stinging or tingling sensation which seems to ebb and flow.

Acupuncturist Xu explained this as the permeation of a vibrational signal (or perhaps it was the passing of nanosized molecules) to my cells, flowing through the designated acupuncture meridians. I have to say that the sensation was like obtaining the chi during an acupuncture session. I am still feeling the buzz, so my ongoing exploration continues.

This is the first time I have seen high-technology combined with ancient knowledge in this form. The health chip company explains:
Most recently invented and utilized medical machines/equipment for CAM treatment purposes require some form of energy or power (usually electricity, battery). Their scope covers the following: radiological therapy, microwave therapy, radiofrequency therapy, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, millimeter wave therapy, infrared therapy. Other instruments apply sound, light, electricity, magnetic, mechanics and even medication. The machines and instruments risk harm to the human physiology, with such risks including: electric shock, power surges, energy distraction, explosion, fire danger, abnormal performance, power failures, mechanical failure, along with the risk of malpractice, bacterial contamination and interference with other machines (see China Medical Machines, V01, 17 No 1). Passive medical machines are often non-invasive and would be the most desirable treatment methodology because they do not require needles, electricity, electricity-mechanic parts or radioactivity. The challenge and/or opportunity here is that very few medical machines and instruments with a non-invasive and a proven rehabilitative effect on chronic diseases have been invented, produced or made popular globally to date.

This invention (Health Recovery Chips - HRC) offers a new technology for rehabilitation of chronic diseases called surface therapy technology, which can play a versatile role mimicking acupuncture and moxibustion, massage, manipulation, scraping, fire cup, herbal plaster, electricity therapy, magnetic therapy, infrared therapy, far infrared therapy, herbal remedies, Qigong, or India Yoga. It can also relieve people from the exhaustion brought on by long-term chemotherapy. It is a highly effective product and process for rehabilitating chronic diseases. In fact, the product/process/concept can reduce reliance on any of the above treatments over time, often significantly (noting that practical application is much easier, safer and can be much more effective than most other CAM's.)
The website goes on to discuss clinical trials with the product, which I think would be easy to design given the ease with which the health chips can be administered. Part of the explanation that the inventor gave me was that acupuncture first was tried with sharp stones, long before needles were invented, and that what mattered was the stimulation itself and the acupuncture points. Of course, we know that chi can be moved through intention along, so it would seem feasible to me that chi could also be enhanced or channeled at the nano level.
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