Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dr. Reckeweg’s Therapeutic Model of Illness


When you take a course in mesotherapy at the Pinewood Health Institute you will find that the practicum and healing strategies are based largely on the theory of disease called homotoxicology. This theory was developed by Dr. Hans-Hienrich Rekeweg (1990-1985) described all illness as being a defense mechanism against invading toxins.

Mesotherapy and Lymph-based Illness

Dr. Reckeweg
A simple way to understand how Dr. Reckeweg saw illness is to say that he saw it as lymph-based. The health of the mucus that lies in layers between cells, blood, vessels and nerves is crucial to healthy. He called this layer of mucus the intercellular matrix.  If the structure of this matrix becomes impaired in any way then disease results.

According to this therapeutic model of illness, patients get sick when the body is overwhelmed by homotoxins that accumulate first in the mucous matrix layer and then inside the cells.  When we feel ill, it is the result of the body desperately trying to restore itself to health.

This is where mesotherapy comes in as it can help treat the toxification of the inter cellular layer of mucous before chronic disease can set in and become an irreversible problem.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Model Of Disease Progression

Dr. Reckeweg’s model of disease progression consists of six major stages.


Stage 1 – Excretion
This represents the body’s attempt to excrete or expel a toxin. Reactions include diarrheal, sweating, coughing, sneezing, tears and mucous discharge from the nose or vagina.

Stage 2 – Inflammation
If the body’s attempt to excrete the toxin does not work then the body becomes inflamed. Inflammation presents itself as fever, redness, swelling and sometimes, a rise n body temperature.

Stage 3 – Deposition
The deposition phase of illness progression occurs when both excretion and inflammation are unsuccessful.  As the body as nowhere to dispose of the toxins it begins to deposit them in the mucous layers of the intracellular matrix.  This process is very slow and it is reversible with the right treatment.

Stage 4 – Impregnation
At this stage of disease the toxins in the matrix begin to connect with other structures in the matrix such as collagen fibres where they impair the movement of fluids through the area.  This results in many different symptoms such as swelling, chronic pain and a lack of mobility.

Stage 5 – Degeneration
In this stage the defense system becomes overwhelmed. Uanble to eliminate toxins from the cells and matrix, the body’s genetic material becomes damages.  Cells in the damaged tissue being to shrink and chronic irreversible diseases take hold.

Stage 6 – Dedifferentiaton
During this phase cells can lose their differentiation from the toxic invaders and become cancerous. They then multiply at an increased rate and produce more homotoxins, which eventually leads to fatality.

Examining this theory in depth is part of the instruction in the Mesotherapy course at the Pinewood Health Institute. You will learn more about how to detect and heal your patients in the early stages of disease as defined by Dr. Reckeweg.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and  information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer fax the number is 416-656-8107.





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mesotherapy and Pain Management


Mesotherapy is very effective for pain management and a wonderful and very practical service to offer your clients.  In the Pinewood Institute Mesotherapy course we teach you the serial puncture technique known as nappage for delivering microdoses of substances into the dermis.

Mesotherapy can treat many different types of pain including injury, tendinitis, low back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neuropathy, muscle tension and fibromyalgia.

The Theory of Nappage

When medicine is delivered in the point-by-point nappage manner, the injected medicines are released in a time-released fashion. This is done with tiny needles that are inserted strategically into the circulatory and lymphatic networks so that the medication can be distributed through to the underlying tissues.  Although pain injections are nothing new, these shallower point-to-point injections are more long lasting in their effects than intravenous or intramuscular pain injections.

Mesotherapy Needles
The point chosen for injection sites are based on traditional acupuncture or Ashi points to help target the medicine to particular areas of the body.  Ideally the patient should be treated once or twice a week of three to four sessions.

This type of technique also uses many different lengths of needles in one session so that different layers of the dermis are affected.  Multiple limited injections in the same area also have the effect of increasing blood supply to the area and helps the inflamed area to nourish itself by releasing the body’s own reactive pain killers such as cytokines, peptides and endocrine mediators.  The depth of the injections can be anywhere from .1 mm to 4 mm.  Sites where there will be deeper injections often need to be numbed with a local aesthetic first unless the patient is familiar with acupuncture.

One thing to note about these types of treatments is that the pain may become slightly worse before it becomes better as the body attempts to find balance but any exacerbation of their symptoms is usually temporary.  Most patients find that the short-term pain is well worth the long-term relief they get from the injections.

The Benefits of Mesotherapy for Pain

Mesotherapy has many benefits that make it well worth its cost to the patient.

Aside from just treating the symptoms of pain, mesotherapy has often been shown to improve the function of the affected body area.  Mesotherapy can also resolve the inflammatory response that is keeping pain from repeating itself as well as the ensuing degenerative processes.

If the pain comes from a condition where it seems idiopathic, as can be the case of someone with fibromyalgia or diabetic neuropathy, injections of mesotherapy can at least make the person feel more comfortable.

Mesotherapy solutions for pain, unlike other forms of pain treatment can also be tailored to feel to fit the needs of individual patients.

Mesotherapy is not addictive. Unlike many other types of pharmaceutical treatments mesotherapy does not cause dependence.  It only requires a visit to the naturopath once a week.



For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and  information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer fax the number is 416-656-8107.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Mesotherapy Procedure in More Detail

The mesotherapy procedure is generally marketed to your patients as the non-surgical alternative to liposuction. It can be deployed on many different areas of the body that intend to garner excess fat with age including the upper and lower arms, the lower chin, the belly, the legs and neck. It is also used to remedy “orange peel skin”, otherwise known as cellulite. It can be used anywhere on the body to eliminate a stubborn deposit of fat,

The Mesotherapy Procedure

Mesotherapy injection formulas consist of vitamins, enzymes and a soy derived substance called phosphatidylcholine. The needle used to administer the shots is very tiny and thin and resembles an acupuncture needle.  Most people barely feel this injection at all. Some people report a slight stinging sensations, as if bitten by a mosquito.

Once the mesotherapy solution is injected into the intended fat deposit the molecular bonds of the fat dissolve, changing it from a solid state to a liquid. The liver and the intestines then process this fat and eliminate it from the body.

For best results, a series of treatments is recommended. The sessions should usually be spaced between six and eight weeks apart.

Preparing for the Procedure

You will decide how to treat your patient during the initial consultation. This is when you will give your patient an estimate of how many treatments will be needed and also the cost of them to your patient.

Not everybody is a great candidate for mesotherapy. Obese clients may need to lose weight before being able to qualify for these shots. Diabetics or individuals with a thyroid problem should have blood work done as these conditions might render the mesotherapy ineffective.

As this is a non-surgical treatment there is very little that your patient needs to do to prepare for it. Advise him or her to drink plenty of water on the day of the treatment as this minimizes the likelihood of bruising. 

The Risks of Mesotherapy

There are some risks to having mesotherapy done but they are less life-threatening than the complications that can arise from plastic surgery or liposuction.  The most serious risks are the possibility of being allergic to the solution itself as well as lumps, swelling and tenderness at the site of the injections.  However, these side effects are quite typical of treatment with any kind of treatment.

It is your responsibility as the naturopath to ensure that your patient as disclosed all pertinent medical information to your doctor before having the mesotherapy done. The procedure is not really recommended for sufferers of HIV, Hepatitis C, hemophilia, active cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes and thyroid issues. It is also not a treatment that is recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

At the Pinewood Institute, we teach a comprehensive mesotherapy course that verses practitioners in how to use this healing modality as safely as possible.  When administered by a qualified and certified professional, the safety and effectiveness of mesotherapy treatments is practically unparalled by other fat reduction treatments.




For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and  information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer fax the number is 416-656-8107.