Doctor of Medical Sciences
The method was discovered and developed by German neurologist Ulrich Werth in 2001, who was one of the first specialists to apply permanent acupuncture for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. After a long practice as a neurologist, Dr. Werth studied acupuncture for a long time in China and has also mastered the fundamentals of the French acupuncture school of Paul Nogier. Combining these two trends, he came up with the idea of using the permanent needles.
After much research, Dr. Werth concluded that implants promote the continuous production of substances that stimulate the production of dopamine (the neurochemical of happiness) in the brain and lead to improvement in the symptoms of various neurological diseases. The new method aroused great interest in scientific and medical circles – some scientific publications about it have been published in such authoritative periodicals as Discovery DSalud (Spain) and Gesundheitsmagazin (Germany).
The method is based on auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture). There are more than 330 active acupoints in the auricle, some of which were discovered by Dr. Werth himself. He discovered acupoints that can affect the black substance in the brain (substantia nigra) for treatment of such diseases as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, restless legs syndrome, senile sclerosis, etc. Therefore, mini titanium implants (permanent needles) are embedded in the skin cover of the auricle, which is connected to the brain through numerous nerve endings.
The needles stimulate active points, leading to regeneration of brain cells, which is proved by scanning the brain during medical research. In case of Parkinson’s disease, the production of dopamine in the area of substantia nigra is stimulated by a constant nervous stimulus.
As a rule, improvement in the symptoms of many neurological diseases is observed after such implantation. This allows reducing the dose of medications and stopping the development of the disease.
Permanent acupuncture needles, which are implanted in the auricle, are manufactured by a French company that has ISO 13485 and n° G1 05 03 15735 019 certificates from TUV Product Service (Munich).
The implant consists of a short needle with a length of no more than 2 mm with a cone-shaped tip inserted into the plastic injector, facilitating its implantation. The needles are made of pure medical titanium with a smooth surface (<10 μm roughness) with maximum biocompatibility. The plastic injector consists of a polyethylene part that guides the needle and a piston made of medical grade oxide steel that makes it easy and precise to implant the needle.
A therapy session at our center begins with detailed examination of the disease history. After a long conversation and giving answers to all questions, the doctor develops an individual therapeutic plan, calculating the necessary number of implants to achieve the optimal result.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and does not require hospitalization. The doctor administers the minimum amount of anesthetic and performs implantation. The needles are inserted under the skin through a double sterile package with the help of a special apparatus – disinfection eliminates the threat of infection.
The implantation process is almost painless and resembles a normal intramuscular injection. The wound healing process takes either 2 or 3 days.
Significant improvement in the patient’s condition can be observed immediately after the procedure. In case of Parkinson’s disease, recovery depends on whether there was some dopamine in the cells or not. As a rule, a stable result can be obtained in a few months.
It is recommended to visit our center for health monitoring 6-12 months after the implantation.
Clinical trial 2016
In 2016, Dr. Werth’s therapy underwent clinical trials in accordance with the European Union regulations, which were inspected by the Committee on the Ethics of Sanitary Products of Spain.
Within the study, two groups of patients with Parkinson’s disease were observed during a year, one of which received the permanent needles. According to the observations’ results, the experts concluded that the permanent needles give greater stability to the pharmacological treatment of this disease and reduce the likelihood of increased dosage and administration of new medications.