Developed in China in the 1950’s APIT is the injection of sterile biological substances into specific acupuncture points for the regulation of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood.
Acupuncture and its adjunct therapies are all regulatory in nature but APIT allows Doctors to tonify and enhance acupuncture points, channels and the organ systems governed by those channels and points.
Prior to the introduction of APIT, the only way to supplement and actually add any substance to the channel system was with electrical or laser stimulation of the acupuncture points. The use of electro and laser stimulation moderately increases the Yang Qi of the system but not Yin Qi, blood or essence. Otherwise, to introduce Yin, Qi, blood and essence into the system, Doctors needed to prescribe herbal medications and biological supplements to augment the organ systems via the digestive process.
APIT is not intravenous (IV) therapy and the sterile biological substances are never injected directly into the vascular system. APIT stands apart from all other types of injection therapy because of its reliance on the use of acupuncture points. The inclusion of acupuncture specific points for injection provides multidimensional therapeutic dynamics because stimulation of the points themselves are already responsible for a myriad of local and systemic therapeutic results. The combination of the point stimulation and the appropriately prescribed sterile biological substances supercharges the healing effect.
The Hypodermic needles used for APIT are 27-30 gauge (about the same gauge as a regular acupuncture needle). The sterile biological substances used in APIT include but are not limited to 5-10% glucose solution, sterile saline, vitamins such as B-12, C and D-3, various single Chinese herbs and Homeopathic remedies such as Arnica and Traumeel.
APIT can be performed as a stand-alone therapy such as a weekly or monthly injection of vitamin B-12 or in conjunction with other acupuncture modalities such as acupuncture, gua sha, cupping or moxa therapy. Because of the very powerful effect of APIT it is typical to inject only one to four sites per session depending on the sterile biological substance being used. When using saline or most homeopathic substances the four injections can be performed more frequently up to several times per day on different acupuncture points.
APIT regulates the immune, cardiovascular, endocrine and nervous system and can potentially treat chronic pain and inflammation, auto immune disorders, chronic fatigue conditions, chronic and latent viral diseases, colds and flu, sports injuries and most importantly perhaps, APIT assists the holistic rejuvenation of mind and body.
Whether a person is suffering from seasonal colds & flu, a chronic health condition, is a wounded weekend warrior or just wants to live forever, Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy is a potent modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine.