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Title:
MAGNETIC ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2009/070346
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A magnetic acupuncture needle combining magnetic therapy and acupuncture for enhancing flow of Qi for improving a patient's health through use of magnetism by enhancing the flow of the body's natural biological electro-magnetic field of energy to a specific location includes a needle head, a shaft tapering to a point for insertion into the epidermal tissue of a patient and a permanent electro-magnetic charge associated with the magnetic acupuncture needle with the head and the point for insertion having opposing polarities.

Inventors:
CHI, Tom (63 Grey Road, South Fallsburg, NY, 12779, US)
Application Number:
US2008/055074
Publication Date:
June 04, 2009
Filing Date:
February 27, 2008
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CHI, Tom (63 Grey Road, South Fallsburg, NY, 12779, US)
International Classes:
A61H39/08
Foreign References:
US4262672A
US4508119A
US5792176A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SCHINDLER, Edwin, D. (Five Hirsch Avenue, P.o. Box 966Coram, NY, 11727-0966, US)
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Claims:

Claims

1. A magnetic acupuncture needle combining magnetic therapy and acupuncture for enhancing flow of Qi for improving a patient's health through use of magnetism by enhancing the flow of the body's natural biological electro-magnetic field of energy to a specific location, said magnetic acupuncture needle comprising: a head; a shaft tapering to a point for insertion into the epidermal tissue of a patient; and, a permanent electro-magnetic charge associated with said magnetic acupuncture needle with said head and said point for insertion having opposing polarities.

2. The magnetic acupuncture needle according to Claim 1, wherein said head of said magnetic acupuncture needle has a northern polarity and said point has a southern polarity.

3. The magnetic acupuncture needle according to Claim 1, wherein said head of said magnetic acupuncture needle has a southern polarity and said point has a northern polarity.

4. The magnetic acupuncture needle according to Claim 1, further comprising a plurality of needles with a first group having a north-to-south polarity from head to point and a second group having a south-to-north polarity from head to point.

5. A method for increasing the biological electro-magnetic field at a specific location of a patient's body through the use of a first set of acupuncture needles having a permanent magnetic charge with a north-to-south polarity from needle head to needle point and a second set of acupuncture needles having a permanent magnetic charge with a north-to-south polarity from needle point to needle head, comprising the steps of:

providing a first set of acupuncture needles having a permanent magnetic charge with a north-to-south polarity from needle head to needle point; providing a second set of acupuncture needles having a permanent magnetic charge with a north-to- south polarity from needle point to needle head; determining the acupuncture meridian target insertion points for a patient; selecting the polarity of the needles to be inserted; inserting at least one of said first set of acupuncture needles and said second set of acupuncture needles into said acupuncture meridian target insertion points of the patient, for increasing the flow of a natural bio-field of energy to one or more points of treatment through magnetic attraction to said needle; leaving at least one of said first set of acupuncture needles and said second set of acupuncture needles in said target point for a pre-selected period of time; and, removing at least one of said first set of acupuncture needles and said second set of acupuncture needles from the patient.

6. The method for increasing the biological electro-magnetic field at a specific location of a patient's body according to Claim 5, further comprising the step of: inserting an additional magnetic acupuncture needle having an opposing polarity proximal said of acupuncture meridian target insertion point or further increasing the flow of said bio-field of energy in an immediate area of said acupuncture meridian target insertion point.

Description:

MAGNETIC ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLE

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Technical Field of the Invention

The present invention relates, generally, to needles and, more particularly, to a magnetized acupuncture needle that constantly and consistently attracts the movement of energy, effecting best results.

With magnetism, the needle is always working after insertion. This difference in needle function can best be compared to siphoning water with a hose using the mouth to induce the siphon compared to using an electric motor. The motor is most effective, consistent and continuous, in starting and maintaining the flow of water and at a consistent rate. In this case, magnetism is used and the flow of electrons induced by magnetism. Both the skilled and unskilled practitioner will have enhanced results as the magnetized needle affects electromagnetic energy at the point, even if the practitioner has been unable to independently stimulate this reaction.

Description of the Prior Art

Numerous medical devices are generally known to the prior art, which, at least in part, utilize magnetic therapy. Representative of the art in the technical field of magnetic therapy are: Kief, U.S. Patent No. 4,262,672; Tukamoto, U.S. Patent No. 4,508,119; Chung, U.S. Patent No. 6,113,620; Kim, U.S. Patent No. 6,432,036; Prindle, U.S. Patent No. 6,488,668; Xie, U.S. Patent No. 6,783,504; Lin-Hendel, U.S. Patent No. 7,167,752; Wang, China Patent No. CN1060036; Chung, P.C.T. Application Publication No. WO 98/02128; and Choi, Republic of Korea Patent Application No. KR 2004/0016928.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Acupuncture is a medical treatment using needles inserted at specific locations to treat illness, pain and to enhance the flow of Qi in establishing health and well-being within a patient. Magnetism has been applied in this treatment through ancillary devices used to create a magnetic field within the needle. The present invention has combined the magnetic field and acupuncture needle therapy into a single device by permanently magnetizing the needles with either a north-south polarity or a south-north polarity thereby eliminating the need for ancillary devices to induce a magnetic field within the needle simplifying treatment.

The magnetic needles of the present invention may replace electro-stimulation of standard acupuncture needles, as well as enhance the effects achieved by advances acupuncture practitioners for those patients having difficulty inducing the movement of the body's energy and the elderly whose body energy has weakened and does not circulate well.

Some of the advantages of using magnetized needles are as follows:

(a) The effects that surface magnets provide is also achieved, but more powerful due to the magnetized needle actually being inserted into the point and directly into the body's bioelectric/magnetic field, rather than near the field on the surface;

(b) A much smaller magnetic force is required with insertion compared to the larger (often 3000 gauss or more) when used directly on the skin;

(c) Needles may be magnetized with poles N-S or S-N and the varied effect of the needle would be available at the discrimination of the practitioner;

(d) By inserting a N-S needle into a point and a S-N needle very nearby in the same point or pathway one may create additional magnetic stimulation to the bioenergetic circulation, literally forcing, rather than inducing , the bioelectric flow; and,

(e) As acupuncture pathways are distinct and proscribed in medical literature one may select points up and down the meridians, or energetic pathways, and combine several magnetized needles but not only N-S, one may perhaps alternate N-S, S-N, and so

on.

Other advantages of the magnetized needles can be applied to other afflictions including addictions and weight loss. Smaller needles are sometimes inserted into auricular (ear) points to stimulate the micro-acupuncture system found in each persons (or animals) ears. Some of these points are used for weight loss, some for addictions and most other conditions may be affected.

A primary object of the present invention is, therefore, to provide a magnetized acupuncture needle.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an acupuncture needle having either a north-south polarity or a south-north polarity.

The present invention overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art by providing a magnetized acupuncture needle that constantly and consistently attracts the movement of energy, effecting best results. With magnetism, the needle is always working after insertion. This difference in needle function can best be compared to siphoning water with a hose using the mouth to induce the siphon compared to using an electric motor. The motor is most effective, consistent and continuous in starting and maintaining the flow of water and at a consistent rate. In this case magnetism is used and the flow of electrons induced by magnetism. An unskilled practitioner will have enhanced results as the magnetized needle affects electromagnetic energy at the point, even if the practitioner has been unable to independently stimulate this reaction.

Other objects and features of the present invention will become apparent when considered in view of the following detailed description of the invention, which provides certain preferred embodiments and examples of the present invention.

It should, however, be noted that the accompanying drawing figures and detailed description thereof is intended to discuss and explain only certain embodiments of the claimed invention and is not intended as a means for defining the limits and scope of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES

In the drawing, wherein similar reference numerals denote similar features throughout the several views:

FIG. 1 is an illustrative view of prior art;

FIG. 2 is an illustrative view of the present invention;

FlG. 3 is an illustrative view of the magnetized acupuncture needle having a north to south polarity;

FIG. 4 is an illustrative view of the magnetized acupuncture needle having a south to north polarity;

FIG. 5 is an illustrative view of the application of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a flow chart of the acupuncture therapy using magnetized needles;

FIG. 7 is a flow chart of the present invention; and,

FIG. 8 is another illustration of the present invention in use as a tack needle.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES AND PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The following discussion describes, in detail, one embodiment of the invention (and several variations of that embodiment.) This discussion should not be construed, however, as limiting the invention to those particular embodiments, practitioners skilled in the art will recognize numerous other embodiments as well. For definition of the complete scope of the invention, the reader is directed to appended claims.

FIG. 1 is an illustrative view of prior art 20. Acupuncture is an eastern medicine that relies upon fine sterile non-magnetic metal needles 22 inserted into specific points 18 on the body 14. The theory is that there is a constant circulation of a magnetic bio-field of energy 16 in the body and that when the energy flow is obstructed by natural or traumatic means, a corresponding disease will eventually manifest. Keeping this flow of energy undisturbed is the goal of acupuncture. Some practitioners using non-magnetic needles 22 are more skilled at needle manipulation and the sensation at the needle. A non-magnet-

ized acupuncture needle 22 is dependent upon the practitioners' skill to induce a result. The present invention over comes this by providing a magnetized acupuncture needle.

FIG. 2 is an illustrative view of the present invention 10. The present invention is a magnetized acupuncture needle 10 having an electro-magnetic charge 12 that constantly and consistently attracts the movement of the magnetic bio-field of energy 16 produced by the patient's body 14, effecting best results. With magnetism, the needle 10 is always working after insertion. This difference in needle function can best be compared to siphoning water with a hose using the mouth to induce the siphon compared to using an electric motor. The motor is most effective, consistent and continuous in starting and maintaining the flow of water and at a consistent rate. In this case magnetism is used and the flow of electrons induced by magnetism. An unskilled practitioner will have enhanced results as the magnetized needle 10 effects electromagnetic energy at the insertion point 18, even if the practitioner has been unable to independently stimulate this reaction. The needle 10 has a head 24 with a northern polarity 28 and a point 26 with a southern polarity 30.

FIG. 3 is an illustrative view of the magnetized acupuncture needle 10 having a magnetic field charge 12 with a north 28 to south polarity 30 from the head 24 to the point 26. A shaft 25 is disposed between the head 24 and the point 26. Shown is the magnetized acupuncture needle 10 of the present invention that constantly and consistently attracts the movement of energy. With magnetism, the needle 10 is always working after insertion because the flow of electrons induced by magnetism are constant and induces the bio-field of energy to move or flow constantly through the body. The north to south polarity magnetic needle 32 could be used alone or in conjunction with a south to north polarity magnetic needle.

FIG. 4 is an illustrative view of the magnetized acupuncture needle 10 having a magnetic field charge 12 with a south 30 to north polarity 28 from the head 24 to the point 26. The south to north polarity needle 34 could be used alone or in conjunction with a north to south polarity needle.

FIG. 5 is an illustrative view of the application of the present invention 10. Shown is biological electro-magnetic field 16 enhanced by the insertion of a permanent magnet. The magnetic acupuncture needle 10 is inserted into a predetermined acupuncture meridian-target insertion point 18 to induce the flow of a body's energy by using the electrical charge 12 of the magnetized needle 10 as a connective member to reestablish the bio-field of energy 16 to move or flow constantly through the patients body 14. While depicted as a north to south magnetized needle 10, the present invention provides for either north to south or south to north magnetized needles 10 that may be used in combination with each other.

FlG. 6 is a flow chart of the acupuncture therapy using magnetized needles 10 including the steps of selecting and examining the patient, making a diagnosis and determining the target insertion locations, and selecting and inserting the magnetized acupuncture needles 10.

FIG. 7 is a flow chart of the present invention 10. Shown is a flow chart of the method for enhancing the flow of electrons induced by magnetism including the steps of selecting the needles 10, inserting the needles 10 into an administering device, placing the tip of the needle 10 over the target area, applying pressure to the head of the needle 10 to insert it therein and removing the administering device.

FIG. 8 is an illustrative view of the magnetized acupuncture needle 10 manufactured as an ear press tack needle 38 for an ear 36 having a magnetic field comprising either a north to south polarity 32 or a south to north polarity 34 needle.

It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together may also find a useful application in other types of methods differing from the type described above.

While only several embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that many modifications may be made to the present invention without departing from the spirit and scope thereof.

List of Reference Numerals

Magnetic Acupuncture Needle of the present invention electro-magnetic charge of 10 patient's body magnetic bio-field of energy of 14 acupuncture meridian target point prior art non-magnetic acupuncture needle of 20 head of 10 shaft of 10 point of 10 northern polarity of 12 southern polarity of 12 north to south needle south to north needle needle receptor ear press tack needle