Is Acupuncture 2000 (AcuNova) a hyped miracle drug – or a serious alternative?

Here is an extract from an article written by the editor of the Norwegian magazine Akupunktörernas: “The Qi” (Qi means to feel needles in Chinese).

By Magnhild Bugge
I admit that it was with some skepticism, but an open mind, that we met at a weekend course in Oslo (2004).
John Boel had recently been mentioned in Norsk Ukeblad in an article in which a woman with a blood clot in one eye regained her sight after only one treatment. Now he followed up with a three-day course, and it should be enough that anyone could learn the method. The students comprised of a lot of alternative practitioners, physiotherapists and doctors who would learn the method.

Our skepticism was confirmed in the beginning, when he told his story about how he had found out about this by trying it on himself in relation to that he had a strained neck.

But once he got started explaining his method and his experiences, and especially when he started treating patients, our skepticism turned to admiration and respect.
John Boel emphasizes that he is a craftsman, not a theoretician. He is interested in results. He should be careful about what he’s doing to investigate which methods work best.

Reflex zones in all joints
John Boel has a three years Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Training from NIHAW (Tommy Iversen). He has also studied ear-acupuncture with Rafael Nogier and ECIWO acupuncture with professor Yingqing Zhang.

It was in this context that he began to discover that there are very sensitive reflex zones in the fissures around all the joints. These zones are related to different sections of the brain. When the points are stimulated, is simultaneously sent a signal from the brain to the sick place, and starting to cure.
In practice, John Boel has experienced, that some points work better for specific ailments. Reflex zones are situated around all joints and are related to the spinal cord.
Many classic acupuncture points located in and around various links, which might explain their effect. There are many examples of this.

Immediate effect
According to John Boel, it is vital that we find the absolute most, sore point above the wrist of the patient. First, seeks a point of looking to find the tenderest point. So stick to the needle in this point and ask the patient immediately if she / he notice a change, if it is a pain patient. If there is no effect, take out the needle and try again.

Many of the course participants had brought some difficult patients with pain or eye conditions to treat.

John Boel treated at least five eye patients, most with the “incurable” eye disease calcification of the eye (AMD). Patients were tested on an eye chart, before the needles were inserted and immediately after. Two of the patients had a remarkable improvement. They went from hardly being able to see to read the lower part of the sight board. The other patients also experienced improvements after just one treatment.

The other patients were pain patients, a steady headache and pressure in the head after a fall. Immediately after a needle was put in a point over the joint of a finger, the patient felt a stab in the head, that was hot – and the pressure disappeared immediately. The woman reacts with disbelief and tears.

Other pain patient received morphine tablets for pain in the knee, which was operated on countless occasions. She had not taken any morphine this day and described the pain as about 6 on a scale of 0 to 10. John Boel inserted a needle in the opposite knee, and the pain was reduced by half, and the woman so relieved.
A known football player with a damaged ankle was treated Saturday and played a game Sunday after just one treatment.

Thor Heyerdahl of acupuncture
John Boel’s methods are not accepted by doctors and TCM acupuncturists, who with their respective background cannot accept that it can be so simple.
It struck me that John Boel in a way is the Thor Heyerdahl of acupuncture. He thinks new thoughts on the basis of knowledge and experience, and coming up with unconventional solutions that are not immediately understood. We must be open and accept that we cannot give a full explanation as to why acupuncture works, indeed the doctors do not know why paracetamol works, but we know from experience that it works.

JB: Thank you Magnhild, I feel incredibly proud that you used your 40th birthday to attend the course. I also feel humbled to be compared with the world-famous explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, who documented that the “experts” are not always right.

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