Hints, Tips & F.A.Q

How to use press pellets

Commonly used for ear and body points, Accu-Patch and Magrain pellets can be used anywhere from a few hours to several days. Generally, pellets should be changed every 2 to 3 days to achieve the maximum effect. Before applying, the skin should be thoroughly cleaned with alcohol and the tape applied with a good seal. The patient may be reminded to gently press or stimulate these pellets occasionally during the day or as otherwise directed. These pellets can be placed on ear or body points for smoking cessation, weight-loss, and stress relief, among other conditions.

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How to use North and South poles in magnets

A magnet is defined by its poles. The Bionorth (-) pole (some times referred to as medical north) of a magnet will have the same polarity as the Earth's geographical north pole. If hung on a string, the Bionorth (-) pole of a magnet will swing to point to the geographic south pole of the Earth (Antarctic). Please note that this definition is opposite to the one used by the National Bureau of Standards (USA). Bionorth (-) is used to sedate or relax, while Biosouth (+) is used to tonify or energize points.

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Using adhesive plasters

A component of pellets, seeds, magnets and press needles, adhesive plasters are one of the most versatile products in cutaneous therapy. Plasters should be changed every 1 to 3 days, or as needed. You should also check these on a regular basis and remove / replace them if any redness, irritation or discomfort occurs.

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Storing your wires properly

When storing wires for your electro acupuncture machine, it's best to avoid wrapping them around your hand, tightly coiling them in a circle, or storing them around your machine. This degrades the quality of the wires, causes premature aging, and ruins the protective covering. The best way to store your wires is to hang them on a hook, allowing them to hang straight. You should periodically check your wires with a clip lead tester to ensure their safe use and patient comfort.

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TDP Heat Lamp Treatment tips

To minimise the impact of dry skin after a TDP Heat Lamp treatment, you can use lotion or cream to moisturise the skin. This should be done after each session to ensure a comfortable experience. A typical treatment should not exceed 50 to 60 minutes for adults and 30 minutes for children. It should not exceed 50 to 60 minutes for adults and 30 minutes for children. It is also recommended to limit TDP treatments to no more than 2 per day.

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Using bio-magnets in your practice

When using magnetic therapy in your treatments, two things are important to keep in mind. First is the gauss of the magnet. This is the measure of the magnetic field strength and varies inversely proportional to the square to the distance from the magnet. Generally, the gauss measurement at the surface of a magnet is used in descriptions of the strength of bio magnets. Second is the depth of penetration. The physical mass or size of a magnet also influences the intensity of magnetic wave energy and depth of field penetration. Generally, the larger the magnet the deeper the magnetic field will penetrate. For example, the magnetic field from a small, high strength, 0.2 dia and 2,500 gauss REC magnet will penetrate 1 to 3 inches into the body, whereas a large 2 x 4 x 1 1,000 gauss ferrite magnetic block will penetrate 1 to 2 feet or more.

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What is the difference between TENS, Microcurrent and EMS

TENS, Microcurrent, and EMS refer to the transmission of small electrical pulses through the skin to the underlying peripheral nerves. 1mA (milliamp) equals 0.001 amp, and 1uA (microamp) equals 0.001 mA (milliamp).

TENS or Transcutaneous Electro-Nerve Stimulation is characterised by higher voltage, sensory current (i.e, 1 to 80 mA milliamps). Tens devices are used for the symptomatic relief and management of chronic (long-term) intractable pain. Common uses include: acute and chronic pain, back and cervical muscular and disc syndromes, arthritis, shoulder syndromes, neuropathies, and many other painful conditions.

MENS or Microcurrent is characterised by a sub sensory current (i.e, 100 to 900 uA microamps) that increases ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) levels to promote healing. Microamps acts on the bodies naturally occurring very low voltage electrical impulses to help decrease pain. Common uses include: chronic and acute pain, swelling, TMJ dysfunctions, post operative care, sports injuries and arthritis.

EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) or Neuromuscular stimulation is achieved by sending small electrical impulses through the skin to the underlying motor units (nerves and muscles) EMS devices are used to create an involuntary muscle contraction. EMS devices are used to relax muscle spasms, increase local blood circulation, and maintain or increase range of motion.


Do not use any electro-therapy device for the following: on patients with cardiac pacemakers of ant type, over the carotid sinus area, near or around the eyes, near or around the heart, transcerebrally, transthoracically, to remove pain syndromes until etiology has been established, on pregnant women, over or near a known or suspected malignancy, on patients who have skin diseases, on patients who have implants of any electrical nature, and on patients with cardiac disease.

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How Ion Pumping Cords work

Ion pumping cords contain proprietary, highly sensitive diodes, which allow the bodies natural electrical potential energy current to flow in only one direction from black (-) to red (+), thus balancing ionic concentrations and flows. The black (-) clip pr probe is generally connected to the area of excess or negative polarity. No batteries or external power is required.

In addition the only difference between the Ion Cords and the Ion Pump is that the pump has the diode in the unit, which allows you to plug in any standard alligator to deliver the energy flow. The Ion Pump also gives you the option to change the direction of the energy flow.

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Facial acupuncture tips

When treating such a sensitive area like the face, a practitioner should use the thinnest gauges possible. Idea sizes for facial rejuvenation are gauges 44, 42, 40 and 38. Intradermal needles also work well for following wrinkle lines.

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