VIDEO: Acupuncture type ear implant helps migraine, chronic pain sufferers


>>Ursula: IF YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN LIKE MIGRAINES OR BACK PAIN YOU KNOW THAT THE ROAD TO RELIEF COULD BE LINED WITH DANGEROUS ADDICTIVE DRUGS. BUT IT COULD ALSO BE LINED WITH NEEDLES AND ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY. SO TODAY THAT EASTERN MEDICINE IS MEETING UP WITH TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN THE WEST WITH AN EAR IMPLANT THAT CAN KILL PAIN.>>TINY ELECTRODES.>>IT’S AN APPLICATION THAT GOES ON THE SKIN. IT HAS VERY SMALL NEEDLES LIKE ACUPUNCTURE POINTS.>>Ursula: IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MUCH BUT WHEN PAIRED WITH A BATTERY-POWERED SOURCE BEHIND THE EAR THIS STIMULATOR CAN SAVE LIVES. TRI CITY PAIN ASSOCIATES HAS BEEN USING IT FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. MOST PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR. HOWEVER IT’S EXPENSIVE. ABOUT $30,000, REQUIRES AN INCISION AND SURGERY. THIS LITTLE DEAL HERE COSTS ONLY $3,000 FOR A ONE-WEEK SESSION, REQUIRES NO SURGERY OR INCISION, AND IT WORKS ALMOST AS GOOD. THE DOCTOR ALSO HAS USED THE EAR IMPLANT AND SAYS IT WORKS DIFFERENTLY FROM A SPINE STIMULATOR AND IT EFFECTS AFTER REMOVED LAST A LONG TIME.>>IT INCREASES ENDORPHIN RELEASE FROM CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. THESE ENDORPHINS ATTACK TO THE PAIN RECEPTORS AND HELP WITH PAIN NATURALLY.>>Ursula: WITHOUT A DRUG?>>WITHOUT A DRUG.>>Ursula: IT’S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE WHO SAY ONCE LESS EXPENSIVE TREATMENTS FAIL TOO MANY PATIENTS FALL TO OPIOID DRUGS AND MANY ARE OVERDOSING EVERY YEAR.>>OUT OF THOSE 47,000, ABOUT 18,000 TO 19,000 WILL ACTUALLY BE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS.>>Ursula: KEEP IN MIND THAT THE EAR IMPLANT DEVICE IS REMOVED AFTER A WEEK AND 70% TO 80% OF THE PATIENTS SAY THEIR PAIN IS CUT IN HALF. SUBSEQUENT SESSIONS REDUCE THE PAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE.

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