Microcurrent Therapy in Health and Wellness

by Bryan L. Frank, M.D.

Electric therapy has long been used in conventional medicine, as is evident from the common diagnostic applications of the electrocardiogram, the electromyogram and the electroencephalogram. These give electrical diagnostic information of the heart, muscles, nerves and brain, respectively.

Other therapeutic electrical applications are seen with electrical cardiac defibrillators or cardiac pacemakers for those experiencing life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances; dorsal column spinal stimulators as devices implanted adjacent to the spinal cord for chronic pain syndromes; cranial electroshock therapy for various psychiatric indications; deep brain electrostimulation for seizure control; electric bone-growth stimulators for fracture healing; and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators for topical application for pain syndromes.

History of Electric Microcurrent Therapies

Electrical therapy is historically intriguing, including ancient Egyptians’ use of the torpedo fish, and the first century use of the electric eel by Roman physician Scribonius Largus for pain relief. Electrotherapeutic devices were used from the 16th through the 18th centuries for headache and other pain relief and advocated by Benjamin Franklin, John Wesley and others. Wesley used electrical healing for more than 30 types of illnesses.

In the 20th century, Dr. Royal Rife presented electrical therapeutics for cancers and a wide variety of infectious and metabolic diseases. His work was heavily discredited and attacked by the American Medical Association, felt by many to be of malicious intent. In the mid-to-late 20th century, Dr. Robert Becker and others greatly increased the introduction of physicians and patients alike to the potential for electrotherapeutics.

Electrical microcurrent therapies are now commonplace in healthcare therapies and general medical care as they offer the potential for recovery from chronic pain syndromes, wound healing, cancer, emotional wellness and aesthetics.

What Is Microcurrent?

Microcurrent therapy refers to the current of an electrical stimulation applied in micro, or 1/1,000,000,000 amperes (amperes are the measure of current in electricity), in comparison to milli—or 1/1,000 amperes of current. Many have promoted that enhanced therapeutic outcome is achieved through microcurrent technologies. Doctors Joseph M. Mercola and Daniel L. Kirsch first coined the term “microcurrent electrical therapy” (MET) in 1995.

Studies have demonstrated microcurrent therapy to induce and accelerate healing of wounds with an increase of growth factor receptors and collagen formation with up to four-fold acceleration in healing compared to controls. Additionally, MET has demonstrated the ability to clear many microbial infections. MET has shown almost 500 percent increase in adenosine triphosphate (ATP) generation and enhances amino acid transport and protein synthesis. A more recent emphasis in MET health promotion is enhanced microcirculation, which leads to increased perfusion of tissues with greater oxygen and nutrients delivered to the tissue.

While many MET devices deliver microcurrent electrical stimulation alone, others may deliver microcurrent sound, light or vibrational energies.

Benefits of Microcurrent Therapy May Include:

  • Increasing the body’s production of endorphins, which reduce pain
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Decreasing swelling, redness and heat
  • Decreasing or eliminating pain
  • Decreasing muscle tension and spasm
  • Enhancing ATP production (cellular energy)
  • Decreasing free radical damage
  • Improving lymphatic drainage
  • Increasing blood microcirculation and tissue oxygen perfusion
  • Increasing up to 75 percent of healing enzymes into a traumatized area

For the Consumer

Microcurrent devices include those that are available at a fairly low cost to those that may reach thousands of dollars. Promotions and advertising may be misleading, and it is wise for the consumer to gain recommendations from others that have personal experience of benefits with various devices.

Bryan L. Frank, M.D., offers microcurrent therapy with devices including the NET-3000 Auricular Therapy device for treating the ear acupuncture meridians; the Weber laser for laser light stimulation for laser “acupuncture”; physiotherapy and intravenous applications for pain and/or immune diseases; the Micro-Vibrational Therapy device for pain and food allergy therapies; and others. For more information, call 405-763-7603 or visit Re-GenesisHealth.com. See ad on page XX

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