Thread Embedding Therapy is the method of using disposable special acupuncture needles to implant absorbable biomedical material into specific acupoints. This method prevents and treats diseases by continuous stimulation of the acupoints. Thread embedding acupuncture (TEA) is special type of acupuncture that inserts medical threads (eg, catgut or polydioxanone (PDO)) into subcutaneous tissue or muscles at specific points (eg, traditional acupuncture points or tender points). The embedded thread gradually softens, decomposes and dissolves with time in the subcutaneous tissue or muscle.
The complete absorption times differ with the types of threads. The absorption of PDO is known to be slow during first 3 months and proceeds until 180–210 days. When compared with acupuncture, TEA may produce a strong and long-lasting therapeutic effect.
With the availability of safe absorbable medical threads such as PDO, TEA has been widely used for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain in Korea, China and Taiwan. Treatments with TEA include frozen shoulder, chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.
New developments with biomedical materials have made the treatment very safe, effective and almost painless, so more and more patients are opting for this treatment. It is used to treat many common diseases including diseases that are otherwise difficult to treat, beauty concerns, weight loss, and other fields.
Indications: using the same indications as traditional acupuncture, Thread Embedding Therapy is applied to the correct acupoints.
Digestive system diseases: chronic gastritis, constipation, diarrhea, and simple obesity. Also included are: gastric ulcers, painful or irregular dysmenorrhea, and amenorrhea
Asthma, stroke, acne, rhinitis, pharyngitis, epilepsy, eczema, chronic bronchitis, and digestive disorders after radiotherapy for cancer.
The Course of Treatment:
Treatment intervals and the length of a course of treatment will depend on the condition being treated, and the related thread absorption. Usually this will be one treatment every 10 days, for 8 to 10 treatments in a course. The treatment interval can be appropriately extended, such as every 3-4 weeks or even longer in the late treatment for beauty, weight loss, and health care.
Contraindications and Cautions:
- Thread Embedding Therapy may not be undertaken for cystitis, or ulcer damage to avoid infection.
- Thread Embedding Therapy may not be undertaken with patients suffering from serious skin diseases, severe diabetes and any hypofunction of skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by various diseases.
- Thread Embedding Therapy may not be undertaken with patients who have a tendency to bleeding with thrombocytopenia.
- Patients with psychentonia, profuse sweating, extreme tiredness or hunger are not suitable.
- Treatment may not be used during the menstrual period.
- Thread Embedding Therapy may not be undertaken in the abdomen, lumbosacral portion and Hegu(LI04), Sanyinjiao(SP6) of pregnant women.
- Thread Embedding Therapy may not be undertaken, or only used cautiously, in children under 7 years of age