Science is evolving by the minute, with the advances in technology; there are new inventions that are helping different disciplines such as medicine and health. Nanotechnology is the result of these advances, but what is nanotechnology?
Today, Miami acupuncture brings you a fascinating article about Nanotechnology and cancer treatment. Nanotechnology is the science of engineering materials on an atomic or molecular scale especially to build microscopic devices. Nanoscience and nanotechnology can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering. When you type acupuncture near me in North Miami Beach you can go to Dr. Sontag’s websites blog and re read this and other articles.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology first started in 1959, with the physicist Richard Feynman, when he explained how scientists would be able to control individual atoms and molecules. However, it was 1981, with the invention of the scanning tunneling microscope that different atoms were observed.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology can see and control individual atoms and molecules which are part of everything on earth, from food to clothes, etc. However, these particles are so small that are not able to be perceived neither by the naked eye nor with conventional microscopes, until the nanoscale microscopes were invented nearly 30 years ago. Today’s scientists and engineers are multiple of methods to make materials at the nanoscale.
But, what does Nanoscience have to do with acupuncture?
Today, scientists are using nanotechnology to enhance needles for the acupuncture therapy to treat cancer!
Traditionally, acupuncture has used thin needles to treat some conditions, from chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, to nausea and vomiting. Today, scientists at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) are using nanotechnology-enhanced acupuncture needles to treat cancer.
Professor Su-Il In and a Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology research developed acupuncture needles combined with nanotechnology. This study was recognized as the world’s first application of this technology. This invention is expected to open new directions in the oriental medicine research field.
Professor Su-ll In succeeded in developing porous acupuncture needles, which offer enhanced therapeutic properties by applying nanotechnology on the acupuncture needles for the first time in the world.
In this study, the research team discovered that acupuncture needles could be used for cancer treatment; therefore, the group began to develop nanoporous needles using nanotechnology. These needles have minuscule holes throughout them that are from nanometer to micrometer in scale. The new needles have a notably greater surface area, about ten times greater than standard needles of the same size would have. By increasing the surface area of the needle ten times, the nanoporous needles doubled the electrophysiological signal generation function by needle stimulus.
How are these needles better than the traditional acupuncture needles?
According to the study done on rats with colorectal cancer, the nanoporous needles doubled the electrophysiological signal generation function by needle stimulus. Rats who were receiving periodic acupuncture treatment with nanoporous needles had a much lower rate of abnormal vascular clusters than those in the control group. These clusters are a precursor to colorectal cancer in the first stage.
Also, during the research, the team found that the expression level of β-Catenin, which is a sign of the maturation of colorectal cancer, was reduced in the maturation stage of rats exposed to nanoporous needles for prolonged periods of time. Hence, it has been shown that acupuncture treatment can affect the maturation rate of colorectal cancer in rats.
In addition to helping to treat cancer, through this study, it was demonstrated that the efficacy of porous acupuncture needles (PANs) is superior to conventional acupuncture needles in treating alcohol and cocaine addiction in an animal experiment.
PANs are expected to be equally valid as the conventional large and long acupuncture needles, however, these will minimize the sense of pain during acupuncture treatment while also expand the area of the needle 20 times greater than traditional acupuncture ones.
The patents for the manufacturing of PAN’s have already been submitted in countries such as the US, China, and Europe
According to the Professor Su-Il, this research, which combines nanotechnology and oriental medicine technology, will show the option of using acupuncture as a method to treat severe diseases such as cancer. The findings of this study are expected to open new directions in the field of eastern medicine where nanoscience is rarely explored and utilized. We hope this research will continue to shed light on new research which is actually needed.