It is a noninvasive home acupuncture device which can be used as a substitutional device for acupuncture treatment based on domestically and internationally patented neuroscience techniques and polymodal stimulation techniques of acupuncture and moxibustion.
One of typical reflex actions of polymodal nociceptors in the skin is improving blood stream, and with this action, tense and pain of a user can be reduced.
Put the device on a spot you feel tense and pain to reduce them, and put the device on an acupunctural point (meridian) and a trigger point as in a general acupuncture therapy for a better effect.
Reflex by polymodal nociceptors causes increase of blood stream to promote recovery, and refresh is achieved. This is like a cycle of natural healing.
In a polymodal reaction, macrophages which are a type of white blood cells produce IL-1 (interleukin), a type of bioactive substances, using protein to increase fibroblast cells. This is called a wound reaction which is a type of defense reactions to an externally-caused wound occurring along with a polymodal reaction. This defense reaction is one of beautification factors.
On the other hand, there is a therapeutic method called micro current therapy which has been approved by Food and Drug Administration in the United States as a treatment method.
Generally speaking, cells have a negative potential of -70 mV inside the cell membrane as compared to the potential outside the cell membrane in an ordinary resting state based on concentration differences of sodium ion and potassium ion between the inside and outside of the cells.
However, when cells become active, the potential inside the cell membrane gradually increase to the positive direction, and mitochondria starts to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), only source of energy for cells, at -40 to 30 mV which is about 30 mV higher than the original potential. Furthermore, when cells consume ATPs to become very active, it is considered that the potential inside cell membrane reaches +40 mV.
Resting potential (Mitochondria resting)Action potential (Mitochondria active)
The micro current therapy utilizes a potential equivalent to 110 mV which is a difference between the potential of -70 mV in the cell resting state and the potential of +40 mV in the cell active state, where said 110 mV is externally applied to cells to activate the cells.
Iongear achieves two effects as shown in the following figure: increasing fibroblast cells by a defense reaction caused by the polymodal reaction; and increasing mitochondria ATP of fibroblast cells which is necessary for beautification by microcurrent to generate collagen.
In recent years, the medical society is rapidly taking in the concept of cause therapy instead of symptomatic treatment that has been mainly practiced in the western medicine. This is called integrative medicine.
From commentary of The Society for Integrative Medicine JapanIn fact, treatments that are only achievable by the modern western medicine are performed in clinical scenes such as emergency rooms and surgery operations. On the other hand, there are many reports that prove effectiveness of traditional medicine and complementary/alternative medicine (*1) with respect to treatment of chronic disease, after care, and treatment of symptoms which cannot be dealt with the modern western medicine.
The Society for Integrative Medicine Japan
*1In this commentary, the terms of traditional medicine and complementary/alternative medicine practically mean herbal medicine and acupuncture and moxibustion treatment. In these days, integration of the western medicine and the eastern medicine, that is, a shift from symptomatic treatment to cause therapy is considered important in Japan medical society, and herbal medicine is adopted and acupuncture and moxibustion department is established in university hospitals and research agencies.
Origin point of pain: Trigger point
Human muscle has a fascia (tendon, ligament, and periosteum) which is a membrane covering itself. When a certain amount of load is continuously applied to a body part as in a case where the same part of the muscle is used too hard or a body keeps the same position for a long time, a slight damage or a slight inflammatory occurs in the muscle, and adhesion to the fascia occurs.
The adhesion causes poor blood circulation, and peripheral nerves send pain signals to the brain. If this becomes chronic, an abnormal excitement state of the nerves does not stop, and an origin point of pain called a trigger point is generated.
Trigger point is, as can be understood from its name, a trigger to send signals to the brain, and a pain originated from the trigger point is generated apart from the tense in the affected part. That is, when the muscle in the affected part is massaged or heated, the tense may be removed but the pain originated from the trigger point is not removed.
Trigger point causing related pain
Trigger point may cause additional pain called related pain. Related pain is often felt in a body part which is different from the affected part. A typical example of related pain is an ice cream headache which occurs when you have a big bite of an ice cream, and sudden stimulation to a throat is misinterpreted by the brain as a pain to the head or the temple. The related pain is also called heterotopic pain or referred pain.
When a trigger point is exposed to a great stimulation or is left untreated, the excitement state of the trigger point increases, and the pain signals are constantly sent to the brain. The excessive signals confuse the brain, and the brain misinterprets the part of signal origin with a different part. As a result, not only the part causing the pain but also the peripheral part thereof cause the pain.
As can be understood from the above, if a tense state of fascia is kept, a new trigger point is generated, and the symptom becomes more complicated. It is thus important that the trigger point is taken care of in the early state before the pain becomes worse.
It is considered that 80% of trigger points and acupuncture spots (Kei-ketsu) of the eastern medicine match. Practitioners in the old days found that the body parts where the trigger points tends to be generated are acupuncture spots, that is, Kei-ketsu from their long experience and deep knowledge. In recent years, the treatment of trigger point is a focus of attention and considered important in the acupuncture and moxibustion field. When accurate positions of trigger points are grasped by palpation and ultrasound, Iongears are adhered to the trigger points to increase the blood flow, and the treatment effect will be improved.