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Facial Rejuvenation, Weight
Loss, Stop Smoking, Acupoint location and stimulation, Treating general aches
and pains, this unit does it all and has for over 30 years!
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Unlocking the Secrets of Microcurrent Stimulation
True Clinical Microcurrent Machine
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Use the Body's Own Healing Response
For over 30 years, microcurrent stimulation has been the #1 method of
pain control and healing enhancement. Let us
show you why it still is #1 today!
The body's response to injury and healing is electrical. The
AXION micro5 uses the exact same electrical energy as the body to speed up
healing and reduce pain and inflammation.
The AXION micro5 is an effective,
non-invasive microcurrent stimulator. Microcurrent acts similar to the
body's own impulses, thus helping the body to heal itself. Some common
uses include: acute and chronic pain, swelling, TMJ dysfunctions,
post-op care, sports injuries and arthritis. Safe to use with
children. Features positive, negative and the Tsunami® wave.
• Includes Probe handle set, Hand
mass, Q-tip™ holder, Electrode wire with pin and Indifferent electrode
wire with banana jack.
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Learn how the AXION micro5 Helps . . .
The AXION micro5 continues the
tradition of being the premier Acupoint/Trigger Point locator and measuring
Dr. Thomas Wing invented and patented the use of
dual wet-Q-Tips to deliver the current. This system creates a perfect method of
painless treatment and the most effective way to administer facial rejuvenation
Stimulation can also be delivered
unattended through electrodes.
Facial Rejuvenation Training Program:$1,495
Dr. Joe Ventura started offering facial
rejuvenation programs in 1982, using the original protocols of Drs. Wing and
Goodheart and the GTO micro technique.
The AXION micro5 is one of the ORIGINAL facial
rejuvenation machine and no other device is more effective.
Our Microcurrent facial
training philosophy is simple: Time is Money.
If a movement or setting
has no physiological purpose, it’s not used. So far I have looked at five
techniques used by other companies and found movements and equipment settings
that cannot possibly be having an effect. They defy physiology. There are three
goals in a Microcurrent facial: Muscle toning, muscle relaxation and facial
point stimulation. This is what I teach.
I use the original Golgi
Tendon Organ Technique. It’s precise and fast. It’s based on muscle physiology
and anatomy. It’s easy to learn. I can teach you through online video and from
workbooks and charts. The GTO micro technique is fast. A complete session is 20
minutes or less. Not an hour, not 40 min, but 20 minutes or less. Time is Money,
and I just tripled your potential income. It’s effective. The GTO micro
technique was originally developed and used on Olympic athletes starting in 1984
to tone and stretch body muscles subject to stress injuries. It continues to be
The training is a combination of high
definition video and phone consultations, wall charts and marketing posters.
Advanced Clinical Training Manual in Print or Digital
Format: NEW for 2012
Generic Version or AXION micro5 Specific Versions
Advanced Training System, Unlocking the Secrets of
Microcurrent Therapy: History, Research, Protocols and Techniques by Joseph Ventura D.C.
Dr. Ventura is one of the most experienced
microcurrent experts around. He started using a microcurrent device in his
sports injury practice in 1980.Next he designed some of the most advanced
microcurrent devices ever, and worked with the FDA to establish the category of
micro-TENS. His Axion micro5 unit was the first to gain FDA approval for it's
probe searching system in 1989 and was the first 100% digital microcurrent
device. His first protocol manual was published in 1991 and his first video
series in 1994. "I have a passion for microcurrent that hasn't waned in over 30
years. It just works, naturally." says Ventura. "And, I can pass that knowledge
and passion on to you through this training system", he added.
As the manual's title suggests, the contents
are all about the history of microcurrent research, protocols and techniques.
"Some have tried to tie microcurrent results with complicated formulas of
settings. That's not the way it was or the way it needs to be." said Ventura. "I
will show you a simple method used by the pioneers of microcurrent: Becker,
Wing, Cheng, and myself, to treat every musculo-skeletal condition that patients
present to your office.
The manual is available in printed format or
digital version for download.
What's In The Manual
the Secrets of Microcurrent Stimulation includes
detailed explanations of microcurrent stimulation and it's use for
pain, inflammation, muscle work and acupuncture point location and
stimulation. It includes all the illustrated acupuncture meridians,
formula points for 76 musculoskeletal conditions, research studies
and a detailed history of microcurrent stimulation. Special
techniques are discussed like Surround the Dragon, Dual Probe and
Magic Hands techniques. It also describes a secret method of proving
microcurrent to your patients. You will also have access to seven
different training videos
various demonstrating the techniques in the training
NOT include facial rejuvenation techniques. That information is
available separately (shown above).
(24"x36") Charts and Posters Available at an extra cost
Ventura uses a no-nonsense approach to clinical microcurrent. You
will learn how to get world-class results right out of the box. Make
sure you get the maximum return and order this kit today.
All posters and charts are printer on heavy photo stock and measure
Here Are Some of the Marketing Materials
Available at an extra cost.
We have created a series of posters and
charts, as well as expert training with Dr. Ventura to help you market your new
microcurrent services to the community. Adding services for weight loss, stop
smoking, fibromyalgia and even facial rejuvenation are just a click away. Visit
our web store, or call for details and pricing.
Most clinics would love to add a Stop Smoking cash
revenue but have no idea how to get started. With an AXION micro5 in your office
and our expert training, you are just a few days away from becoming an expert in
In addition to equipment training, we also provide
you with the necessary charts for treatment and posters for marketing.
Help With Weight Loss
As with the Stop Smoking program, the body
responds to electrical stimulation of specific acupuncture ear and body points.
These short sessions can return big dividends for your patient and for your
Facial Rejuvenation Programs
Dr. Joe Ventura started offering facial
rejuvenation programs in 1982, using the original protocols of Drs. Wing and
The AXION micro5 is one of the ORIGINAL facial
rejuvenation machine and no other device is more effective.
We simplify the process down to about a 25
minute session. Our advanced training will get you comfortable and confident
with the procedure in no time AND you never have to leave your office or home.
Contact us regarding the VENTURA-MANN Seminars for facial Microcurrent
Fibromyalgia and TMD Programs
We also offer technical training and
marketing materials to help your fibromyalgia and TMD patients.
All this and more when you purchase our
optional training and marketing package.
Dr. Ventura has developed a technique for
stress reduction that combines ancient and ultra-modern techniques. Stress is
still the #1 killer. Add this cash service to your practice to help your
patients and your bottom line.
Why Microcurrent is So
233 Reasons To Use Clinical
Microcurrent Stimulation could
be one of the most researched for:
Here is a list of 233 research
The results from True Clinical
Microcurrent Stimulation (TCMS) have been outstanding for over 30 years.
In the 80's & 90's virtually every big
college, professional athletic and Olympic teams started buying TCMS to keep their
athletes on the field of play. Superstars like Carl Lewis routinely endorsed
their benefits. Carl even bought his own unit for when he traveled.
You will NOT get TCMS from a cheap,
hand-held unit. The marketplace is flooded with devices claiming to be
microcurrent stimulators, and technically they are. While the final output may
be in the microcurrent range, there is much more that determines TCMS, and
ultimately the effectiveness of the therapy.
A TCMS stimulator MUST have the following
Constant Current Generator
+/- 60 Volts
Modified Square Wave, or Sloped
50% Duty Cycle
Frequencies down to .1 Hz
All of these parameters are critical to
TCMS. If your device does not have this configuration, you don't have a TCMS
Here's why some of these parameters are
Constant Current Generator - As the name implies, the microcurrent
output stays constant, even in the face of increased resistance. This is
critical with a sub-sensory current. Otherwise you can't be guaranteed the
correct amount of current is being delivered.
+/- 60 Volts - Dues to the high resistance of the skin and
electrodes, you need sufficient voltage available to maintain the current at the
50% Duty Cycle - When using frequencies below 1, the body is
receiving a continuous direct current which breaks down the skin resistance
quickly and provides a deep penetration of the current.
Alternating Polarity - Creates a "push-pull" ion effect, and reduced ion
accumulation under the electrode pads or tips.
The Lost Art of Microcurrent Stimulation
By Joseph Ventura D.C.
The lost art mentioned in the title isn’t some secret ritual practiced by a
lost tribe in the Andes. Nor does it refer to the ancient use of torpedo
fish or electric eels, or some other sort of obscure electrical generator to
treat the human body. What I refer to is clinical microcurrent stimulation.
From about 1984 to 1994 there was not a more dynamic modality to assist a
patient in getting better faster, naturally.
It was used in every Olympics starting in 1984, and by virtually every pro
football, baseball and basketball teams, and in many major college programs.
A national spokesperson was Carl Lewis, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete
of all time. It received a remarkable amount of support from virtually every
health care profession. Dentists used it for TMD and general tooth pain.
Acupuncturists used it to simulate needle insertion and to search for and
measure points. Trainers used it to speed up the healing in an injured area.
Chiropractors used it for pain control and healing. Medical Doctors used it
to repair macular degeneration and speed up the healing of fractures.
Cosmetologists used it for facial rejuvenation programs to lessen skin
wrinkles. That is an amazing array of uses from a single device. And for ten
years clinical microcurrent ruled the healing world. So what happened? Let
me start by explaining the part I played in all this.
I started my practice in 1978, you know in the last century. About a year
later a couple of doctors in my local support group talked about visiting an
old Chinese doctor about a new machine he had invented. The doctor turned
out to be Dr. Thomas Wing, a chiropractor, naturopath, licensed
acupuncturist and electrical engineer. It was reported that Dr. Wing sold
the patent for the first personal pager to Motorola. As an acupuncturist,
Dr. Wing was looking for a better way to perform electro acupuncture and to
measure the electrical resistance of points. The device he developed used an
extremely low current, about 1,000 times lower than the TENS devices I was
designing and building at the time. He also incorporated a slowly
alternating polarity, and used frequencies below 1Hz. He called this new
configuration a Tsunami Wave due to its building a charge in the body and
then a release of power.
Next thing I know my buddies came back with a machine and a contract to be
dealers for Dr. Wing’s company Monad.
So I bought a machine, at that time named the Acu-O-Matic. I promptly
started using it to treat athletes for the various schools I worked with,
and various pro tennis players I had come into contact with through the
years. It worked great. The TENS machines I was manufacturing worked great
to block pain, but didn’t do anything to enhance healing. Wing had stumbled
upon something very special. So, I started designing devices that could
deliver what Wing had discovered.
Fast forward to 1990. By that time I had retired from practice and had built
Ventura Medical Equipment (Later VME, Inc.) to be the largest manufacturer
of clinical microcurrent units, as well as other types of electrical
stimulators. So what happened to the marketplace for clinical microcurrent
units? In my opinion four things happened around the same time. In 1993 I
retired after having licensed my microcurrent design to several other
companies, intending to live off the royalties. A couple of years later Dr.
Wing retired. When Wing and I left the scene so did all the major
advertising dollars we spent, and most of the microcurrent seminars stopped.
Then, within six months of each other, the companies to which I licensed the
design all folded for various reasons. I took back the design and started
production again, but something new had entered the marketplace, something
that to this day is continuing to hold back clinical microcurrent
The absolute success of clinical microcurrent led to imitation products,
cheap imitation products. You still see ads for them today, portable
“microcurrent” stimulators for around $50. These devices are microcurrent in
output only. But output is only one of the important parameters developed by
Dr. Wind to create a Tsunami wave. These portable devices cannot possibly
get the same results because they don’t work by the same mechanism.
Here are the electrical parameters you must have to be considered a true
clinical microcurrent stimulator:
Constant Current Generator
Getting such a small current into the body means overcoming the inherent
resistance in the electrical circuit and skin resistance. A constant current
generator, based on the resistance it encounters, will vary the available
voltage to maintain the selected microamp output. The cheap portable devices
are constant voltage rather than constant current. The selected output
cannot be maintained. Since microcurrent stimulation is subsensory, having a
constant current generator is critical to success.
+/- 60 volts
In order to push such a small current through the resistance of the circuit
and the skin there must be sufficient voltage available. The average
resistance of the skin is 10,000 Ohms. To push the maximum output of 600
microamps through that much resistance you need 60 volts available to the
circuit. Most cheap units only have about 20 volts or less available to
Frequencies Below 1 and a 50% duty cycle
Duty cycle refers to how long the current is “on”. So, 50% Duty Cycle means
the current is on half of the time, based on the frequency. If the frequency
is set to 1 Hz the current will be delivered for ½ second as a constant
direct current. As the frequencies get below 1, the duration increases. The
advantage of this is that there is much less skin resistance to a direct
current than to a pulsed current. The cheap devices have duty cycles
measured in microseconds rather than seconds. A constant current is never
So while these small cheap “microcurrent devices” technically put out a
current measured in microamps, their other parameters virtually doom them to
fail as a clinical microcurrent device. Unfortunately, when these devices
started to flood the marketplace, many doctors decided to try a cheap device
before investing in a true clinical device.
By 1994, I again “retired” after licensing the design rights to another
company. By that time Dr. Wing had also retired leaving the microcurrent
field without its two biggest promoters. No more advertising campaigns, no
more seminars or magazine articles. Microcurrent technology literally
stopped being a player overnight.
Over the next 14 years I watched from the sidelines as other devices, more
specifically LASERS, began to make inroads into the marketplace by making
claims virtually identical to what microcurrent was proven to do two decades
earlier. When the company I licensed the rights to the AXION micro5went
bankrupt in 2005, I again could start manufacturing again, but by that time
I had moved on to developing software and running that company. I kept my
hand in microcurrent, continually developing new technique and protocols and
with helping other companies sell their equipment.
After helping to sell the Mens-O-Matic, the Acu-O-Matic and the Amrex MC
1000, I realized I missed the AXION micro5, its features and it durability.
In the Winter of 2013 I decided to begin production again.
How does it compare to a LASER? Think: Better Results, Lower Price. And, you
don’t have to go to a seminar to learn how to use it. And, you will get
reimbursed. Classified as a TENS device, both attended and unattended codes
are available to you, as the AXION micro5 delivers current through either
probes or pads.
After purchase of the AXION micro5 we will send you our complete
microcurrent kit that includes the following:
Addiction and Detox Ear Point chart for Weight Loss, Stop Smoking, Stop
Drinking and general Detox points.
Facial Rejuvenation points and general rejuvenation techniques.
Formula Points and pad placement reference manual for over 70 musculo-skeletal
conditions. Includes full treatment parameters.
Facial rejuvenation manual. Complete seminar type information on this
exciting program that has a 25 year success history.
Unlocking the Secrets of Microcurrent Therapy. This 45 min video teaches you
about various electrical parameters (difference between volts and amps for
example) and illustrates various special microcurrent techniques. It’s like
taking a weekend seminar.
Clinical Microcurrent is one of the most researched modalities with over 250
peer-reviewed papers published to date. The following is a paper written by
Robert Picker MD about the powers of microcurrent.
What follows is a recap of information regarding microcurrent stimulation.
Dynamic Chiropractic November 7, 1990, Volume 08, Issue 23
M.E.N.S.: A Revolutionary New Electrotherapy -- Part I
A revolutionary new type of electrotherapy has leaped into the national and
international spotlight, thanks to endorsements from some of the world's top
athletes and sports therapists, as well as its increasing utilization among
the progressive chiropractic community for a wide range of clinical
This modality is low-volt, pulsed microamp stimulation, commonly referred to
as "M.E.N.S.," a contraction for Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular
Stimulation. M.E.N.S. emerged into the physiotherapy marketplace as the
Dr. Thomas Wing, chiropractor and successful electronics inventor. The
secret of Dr. Wing's technological breakthrough is the infinitesimally small
microampere currents it utilizes, referred
as "microcurrents," delivered via his patented "Tsunami" waveform. One
microampere is only a millionth of an amp, and is only 1/1000th of a
milliamp. Traditional electrical stimulation (TENS, EGS, EMS, conventional
interferential) all utilize milliamps designed to stimulate sensory and/or
motor nerves. Microamp stimulation, on the other hand, is designed to be
used at subtle subsensory levels which appear able to amplify and augment
the naturally occurring biological electricity used by Mother Nature to heal
These injury currents have been described by a number of prominent
researchers, including Robert O. Becker, M.D. (Becker 1985); Bjorn
Nordenstrom, M.D. of Sweden; and Richard Borgens, Ph.D. at Purdue
University. These researchers agree that the body does have a means of
activating its own semiconductor bioelectric circuits to send endogenous
biological electricity where it is needed for healing. Becker proposes that
these electrical signals are conducted through the Schwann cell and glial
cell perineural sheath, while Nordenstrom postulates that the insulation
properties of the arterial microcapillaries can be adjusted by the body to
shunt bioelectricity into the area of injury through the blood stream. Dr.
Becker additionally proposes that the classical description of acupuncture
meridians are actually maps of this glial cell network which parallel the
peripheral nervous system. The direct current (d.c.) injury currents
conducted through this system, according to Becker, are the naturally
occurring bioelectric signals for tissue repair and regeneration, and that
acupuncture points are maximally conductive windows into this bioelectric
system serving as amplifiers to compensate for downstream damping of signal
Numerous studies have measured these injury currents and found them to be
microampere microcurrents (Illingsworth and Barker, 1980; Borgens et al.,
1979; Barker, Jaffe, and Vanable, 1982; Borgens et al., 1980). A growing
number of studies have appeared documenting the enhanced healing effects of
microamp stimulation (Carley and Wainapel, 1985; Assimacopoulos, 1968,
Wolcott et al., 1969; Gault and Gatens, 1976; Barron et al., 1985, Alvarez
et al., 1983; Nessler and Mass, 1985; Stanish, 1984). Researchers and
knowledgeable clinicians increasingly recognize that if the ultimate
clinical goal is to heal the injury, above and beyond simple short-term
electroanalgesia, microamp stimulation is the modality of first choice. The
combination of outstanding pain relief as well as enhanced healing makes
M.E.N.S. therapy a double winner. A large pilot study has recently been
completed by Lynn Wallace, a prominent physical therapist from Cleveland,
Ohio. This study measured the rate of response to M.E.N.S. on a group of
1500 patients suffering from a wide range of clinical conditions presenting
to a private practice. Approximately 50% of these cases were acute, 30%
subacute, and 20% chronic. Thirteen different categories of injury were
monitored, including both radiating and non-radiating lumbar or cervical
pain, ankle and foot pain, lower extremity muscle injuries, as well as
shoulder and elbow injuries.
By any standard of measure, the results were quite remarkable. Ninety-six
percent of these patients responded to this modality with significant pain
relief. The average decrease in pain with a M.E.N.S. treatment was 55%. If
frequency of treatments was given as close to daily as possible, the
accumulating net improvement with each treatment was 25-30%. This rate of
improvement resulted in a complete resolution of pain, across all categories
of injury, in an average of just four treatments. Even radiating lumbar and
cervical pain resolved completely within an average of 4.5 treatments with
Another study utilizing microamp stimulation which should be of interest to
chiropractors demonstrated the results of this modality on a group of 40
patients with chronic low back pain. These patients were divided into an
actual stimulation group and a placebo group. The study was conducted in a
double-blind fashion. Three treatments per week were given for two weeks.
The subjects in the real treatment group experienced an average pain relief
of 37% greater than the placebo group. Even more interesting were the
findings at the two month, post-treatment follow-up, which showed a 75%
reduction of pain in the real treatment group, versus only 6% in the placebo
group (Learner and Kirsch, 1981).
Another interesting double-blind study which has just been completed at
Oakland University in Detroit, demonstrated the ability of M.E.N.S. to
prevent muscle breakdown after an intense muscle workout, as demonstrated by
reduced muscle soreness and diminished release of creatinine phosphokinase (CPK),
the enzyme released with muscle breakdown. This study corroborates the
anecdotal reports of many of the world's top athletes; that this modality
has enhanced their training and staved off the muscle problems and injuries
which so often interfere with performance.
Dynamic Chiropractic November 21, 1990, Volume 08, Issue 24
M.E.N.S. -- A Revolutionary New Electrotherapy -- Part II
Biochemical Battery Recharging and the Arndt- Schulz Law
The electrochemical fuel for cellular metabolism is adenosine triphosphate
(ATP). This is not to be confused with ATPase, the enzyme which degrades
ATP. A study with important implications for clinicians interested in
enhancing healing was done at the Department of Biochemistry and Orthopedic
Surgery, University of Louvain, Belgium (Cheng et al., 1982). This study
found that it was possible to increase tissue ATP levels by almost 500
percent with microamp stimulation, which the authors concluded was a
"remarkable increase." Likewise, other factors vital to the tissue repair
and regeneration were also enhanced with this stimulation, with membrane
transport and protein synthesis increased by 30-50 percent.
However, if one looks at the effects of increasing the levels of stimulation
up to the milliamperage levels used by most clinicians, a most interesting
finding was noted: Not only did the level of all three of these vital
factors fail to be enhanced above baseline control levels, they were
actually retarded below baseline levels. ATP generation was actually
suppressed with milliamperage. The results of this study support the
hypothesis frequently cited in papers in this field, referred to as "The
Arndt- Schulz Law." This theory states: "Weak stimuli increase physiological
activity and very strong stimuli inhibit or abolish activity." (Dorland's
Illustrated Medical Dictionary, ed. 26, 1985). Could it be that we have been
shouting at the body with traditional miliamperage electrical stimulation
when we would be better advised to whisper to it in the more subtle
microampere language of its own endogenous bioelectric healing system? I
believe so, as do a growing number of researchers and clinicians. As
research evidence builds and the word spreads among practitioners, M.E.N.S.
is sure to become increasingly acknowledged as a star performer in the world
Complement to Chiropractic
Chiropractors report that the success and ease of their adjustment methods
are consistently enhanced by using M.E.N.S. either before and/or after
manipulation. The treatment usually consists of 2-5 minutes of manual point
stimulation followed by the possible addition of 5-10 minutes of unattended
treatment with pads. This is a very time effective therapy, which is made
even easier by treating right through the patient's clothing with moistened
cotton swabs held in stainless steel hollow swab holders, avoiding the
necessity of gowning. Rapid patient flow can be maintained using it in this
The impressive results M.E.N.S. adds as a clinical complement to
chiropractic certainly merit the brief time it takes to administer a
treatment. A number of techniques have been developed to maximize the
results of M.E.N.S. These techniques include "Enhancement of Muscle
Re-education" (EMR), "Golgi Tendon Organ" (GTO), and "Enhancement of Tissue
Repair" (ETR). Many practitioners are starting to use a new technique which
incorporates hands-on soft tissue manipulation, such as friction massage and
manual trigger-point releases, utilizing fingers electrified with
microcurrents. This technique is often referred to as "electromassage," and
produces excellent results with tight, contracted muscles and/or scar
tissue, as well as hot or cold trigger points.
M.E.N.S. has been featured in numerous press stories about famous athletes
who have experienced its efficacy first-hand. Some of the athletes who have
reported success include Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan in basketball; as
well as Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Roger Kingdom, and Steve Lewis in
track, all of whom were gold medalists at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The
therapists at Seoul for the U.S. team specifically requested the loan of one
of Dr. Wing's M.E.N.S. instruments for use on the athletes. Professional
sports teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks football
teams, the New York Mets in baseball, and seven of the eight finalists in
the 1990 playoffs of the National Basketball Associations, all used Dr.
Wings's M.E.N.S. therapy.
There are many electrical stimulation devices on the market which can
produce temporary electroanalgesia, also called "hyperstimulatory analgsia."
These devices probably close neural gates to pain in the substantia
gelatinosa of the spinal cord (Melzak and Wall, 1965), and/or stimulate the
release of endorphins and enkephalins to obtain opioid type analgesia.
M.E.N.S., however, with its subsensory currents, appears to be working at
the local tissue level to achieve anti-inflammatory effects and speed tissue
repair and healing. The pain relief it provides, as dramatic as it is, is
more a beneficial side effect of the favorable physiological tissue changes
it produces. Practitioners must ask themselves, with the advent of M.E.N.S.,
whether their aim is to mask pain or to uproot its cause. Because the answer
to this question for so many chiropractors is the latter, M.E.N.S. therapy
is being increasingly selected by informed practitioners as the
physiotherapy modality which most fits the bill for them.
Robert I. Picker, M.D. Walnut Creek, California
Research Abstracts: 1985 - 1999
healing, scar, ulcers, direct current
l) Carley and Wainapel: Electrotherapy
for Acceleration of Wound Healing: Low Intensity Direct Current Archives of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 66, July 1985
Summary: 30 hospital patients with non healing ulcers were divided into two
groups, one treated with conventional wound dressings and one with microcurrent
stimulation at 300-700 uA. The latter group was given two two hour stimulation
periods per day. After six weeks of such treatments, the group treated with
microcurrents showed a 150-250% faster healing rate , with stronger scar
formation, less pain and lessened infection of the treated area
microcurrent, polarity, healing, scar, antibacterial
2) Wolcott, Wheeler, Hardwicke, and Rowley:
Accelerated Healing of Skin Ulcers by Electrotherapy Southern Medical Journal,
These researchers applied microcurrent stimulation ranging from 200-800 uA to a
wide variety of wounds, using negative polarity over the lesions in the initial
phase, and then alternating positive and negative electrodes every three days.
The treated group showed 200-350% faster healing rates than control, with
stronger tensile strength of scar tissue and antibacterial effects in infected
wounds in the treated group.
ulcers, polarity, stimulation, quadriplegia, healing
Gault and Gatens: Use of Low Intensity Direct Current in Management of Ischemic
Skin Ulcers Physical Therapy, Vol. 56, #3, March 1976.
patients with skin ulcers were treated with microcurrent stimulation; six of
them had bacterial ulcers with one side used as controls. Stimulation of 200-800
uA was applied, with negative polarity used until infection cleared, and then
polarity reversed. Patients had diagnosis ranging from quadriplegia, CVA, brain
tumor, peripheral vascular disease, burns, diabetes, fracture, and amputation.
The lesions with patients treated with currents showed approximately twice as
fast a healing rate.
accelerated, wound healing, current, ATP, amino acids, b
4) Cheng, et Al: The Effects of Electric Current
on ATP Generation, Protein Synthesis, and Membrane Transport in Rat Skin
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, #171, Nov/Dec. 1982
These researchers used in vitro slices of rat skin to determine some of the
biochemical explanations for accelerated wound healing demonstrated in the above
studies. By applying various levels of current to the samples, and then
chemically analyzing them, they determined that skin treated at currents below
1000 uA showed up to 75% higher amino acids and up to 400% more available ATP
than controls, and that skin treated at levels above 1000 uA showed depressed
levels of of these substances. Often less than non-treated controls.
McKenna, and Wolcott: Proceedings: Use of Low Level Electrical Current for
Enhancement of Tissue Healing. Biomedical Scientific Instruments #10, 1974
article is an overview of theory and research into the titled field.
microcurrents, bone, healing, remodeling
Tomoya Ohno (Japanese): Experimental Studies of Influences on Healing Process of
Mandibular Defect Stimulated by Microcurrent Shikwa Gakuho, #82 1982
uA microcurrents were applied to one side of the jaws of a group of dogs with
lesions in their jaws. The other side was untreated. The dogs were examined at
periods of 3, 7, 14, 21, 28, 42 and 56 days. Results: "It seems likely that
direct microcurrent promotes normal bone formation within the defective area and
accelerates the osseous healing process. Prolonged application of electrical
stimulus promotes a remarkable bone remodeling mechanism."
traumatic, microcurrent, modulated
7) Sinitsyn, Razvozva (Russian): Effects of
Electrical Microcurrents on Regeneration Processes in Skin Wounds Ortop
Travmatol Protez, Feb. 1986
patients with post burn and post traumatic wounds underwent treatment constant
and modulated microcurrent of negative polarity of 1-10 uA/cm2 over a period of
2-20 days. Although both groups showed accelerated regeneration, the modulated
electric current group showed more prolonged and marked effect. Better survival
of skin grafts was demonstrated compared with untreated patients.
Sinitsyn, Razvozova, (Russian): Stimulation of the Regeneration of Skin Wounds
by Microcurrents Vopr Juroortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, Nov.-Dec. 1985
tendons, stimulated, stimulation, proline
9) Nessler and Mass: Direct-Current Electrical
Stimulation of Tendon Healing in Vitro Clinical Orthopedics and Related
Research, April 1987
tendons from white rabbits were surgically transected and removed from the
animals after being surgically repaired. They were divided into 4 groups of 20,
and cultured with 10 of each group being electrically stimulated, and half not.
A 1.4 volt direct current connected through a 150 kOhm resistor was used for
stimulation, at a current of about 7 uA. It was found that currents any higher
than this caused discoloration of the tendons. Healing was measured by proline
uptake and bridging of the repair site by the epitenon. Results: "a continuous
direct current causes increased tendon cell activity within seven days and the
increased activity may persist as long as 42 days." The researchers suggested
that externally applied microcurrents may be preferable in future studies.
10) Stanish and Gunlaughson: Electrical Energy
and Soft-Tissue Injury Healing Sportcare and Fitness, Sept/Oct 1988
article is a summary of research into tendon healing acceleration, including
human injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament and the Achilles tendons:
"While the results are subjective, the individuals in both groups appear to have
returned to usual activities more quickly, and have greater mobility, than
people treated more conventionally".
Vanable, Joseph: The Role of Endogenous Electrical Fields in Limb Regeneration
Limb Development and Regeneration, Part A. pages 587-596 Alan Liss Publishing,
Achilles, tendon, anodal, cathodal, microamps, load
12) Oweye, Spielholz and Nelson: Low-intensity
Pulsed Galvanic Current and the Healing of Tenotomized Rat Achilles Tendons:
Preliminary Report Using Load-to-Breaking Measurements Archives Physical Med
Rehab, Vol. 68, July 1987
rats were divided into three groups of 20. One was unstimulated, one group had
their Achilles tendons stimulated with positive (anodal) current, and the third
group's tendons were stimulated with negative (cathodal) currents. A current of
75 microamps, at 10 Hz was used. Results: "The group treated with anodal current
withstood significantly greater loads (p<0.001) than did either the group which
healed normally (i.e. without stimulation) or the group treated with cathodal
wheatstone, conductance, acupuncture, points, conduc
13) Reichmanis, Marino, and Becker: Electrical
Correlates of Acupuncture Points IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering,
Employing a wheatstone bridge, skin conductance was measured over those putative
acupuncture points on the large intestine and pericardium meridians lying
between the metacarpophalangeal joints and the elbow. Results were compared to
those from anatomically similar locations devoid of acupuncture points. "At most
acupuncture points on most subjects, there were greater electrical conductance
maxims than at control sites".
clamp, currents, membranes, diabetes, ion chann
14) reported by Lawrence Altman: Cell Channel
Finding Earns Nobel Prize New York Times Medical Science section, October, 9,
German scientists, Dr. Erwin Neher and Dr. Bert Sakmann, will share the $1
million dollar Nobel prize for their development of the patch-clamp technique
that allows the detection of minute electrical currents in cell membranes. This
discovery, which "revolutionized modern biology" may shed light on the causes of
several diseases, like diabetes and cystic fibrosis. This method allowed the
detection of 20 to 40 types of ion channels that allow positive or negatively
charged ions into and out of the cells. "This study confirmed that electrical
activity is not limited to nerve and muscle tissue, as previously thought, but
is intrinsic to 'all kinds of other cells'".
15) Richez, Chamay and Bieler, U. of Geneva: Bone
Changes Due to Pulses of Direct Electric Microcurrent, Virchows Arch. Abt. A
Path Anat. 357, 11-18 (1972)
rabbits had platinum electrodes surgically implanted into the medullary cavities
of their humerus bones. Microcurrent stimulation was applied at 50 and 250 uA,
allowing pause periods of one second between one second treatment bursts. The
scientists found that osteogenesis (bone growth) happened more around the
cathode (negative polarity), and that slight tissue necrosis occurred around the
anode. The tissues stimulated acted as capacitors, discharging 75% of the
current absorbed during the rest periods. They concluded that pulsed current is
superior to direct current for bone healing acceleration.
silver, staphylococcus, infection, anodal
16) J.A. Spadaro, S.E. Chase, and D.A. Webster:
Bacterial inhibition by electrical activation of percutaneous silver implants,
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Vol. 20, 565-577 (1986)
Percutaneous silver wire implants were placed in rats, and the wounds inoculated
with Staphylococcus aureus to test how much infection would spread. Microcurrent
stimulation was passed through the wires, with + anodal current placed into
implanted silver wire, and the - cathodal electrode placed on the rat's belly as
a ground. It was found that significant inhibition of infection occurred, with
the most marked results at 20uA current level. "Metallic silver can be
effectively and efficiently activated to elicit its anti-microbial activity by
the application of microampere electrical current."
pulsed, Yucatan pigs
Byl, McKenzie et.al.: Pulsed Microampereage Stimulation: A Controlled Study of
Healing of Surgically Induced Wounds in Yucatan Pigs, Physical Therapy, Volume
74, Number 3/March 1994
study failed to confirm the superiority of microcurrent-stimulated wounds in
test pigs over controls. A good review of previous studies is given as well as a
discussion of which research variables could account for the inconclusive
results, which vary from other studies that found microcurrent to be efficacious
for wound healing.
microcurrent, TMJ, laser, placebo
18) Bertolucci and Grey: Clinical Comparative
Study of Microcurrent Electrical Stimulation to Mid-Laser and Placebo Treatment
in Degenerative Joint Disease of the Temporomandibular Joint, Journal of
Craniomandibular Practice, 1995
patients were divided into three groups, some receiving placebo, some
microcurrent and some laser to treat pain of TMJ sydrome. Both microcurrent and
laser were found to be significantly more effective than placebo, with laser
slightly more effective than microcurrent. The author acknowledges that lasers
are not legally sold in the United States for this purpose, and that
microcurrent's easy accessibility makes it more practical for practitioners
FFT, chaos analysis, neurofeedback, microcurrent
19) M. Heffernan: Comparative Effects of
Microcurrent Stimulation on EEG Spectrum and Correlation Dimension, Integrative
and Behavioural Science, July-September, 1996, Vol. 31, #3
subjects were selected for a study comparing the effects of microcurrent on
smoothing of EEG measurements of the brain. Subjects were randomly assigned to
three groups - microcurrent (100uA) applied to earloble, trapezius area of
shoulder, and no stimulation. Electrodes were arranged so subjects could not
tell which group they were in. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and correlation
dimension from chaos analysis were used to measure results. The researcher found
that microcurrent applied to the shoulders was markedly more effective in
smoothing EEG patterns than earlobe or placebo. "This would represent a possible
cost-effective alternative to neurofeedback in treating (anxiety and attention
deficit disorders), by raising low regions in the FFT.
Trigger points, TP, temporomandibular, conductivity, GSR
20) DuPont: Trigger Point Identification and
Treatment with Microcurrent, The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, October
1999, Vol. 17, #4
article gives the author's techniques for locating and stimulating trigger
points (TP's) using a microcurrent stimulator, specifically for the treatment of
temporomandibular disorders. He states that electrical conductivity is highest
over trigger points, and galvanic skin response (GSR) testing can be used to
locate such points. He utilizes probe electrodes to treat small TP's, and pad
electrodes to treat larger ones. Probe treatment is delivered @ 0.3 Hz, 20 - 40
uA, with treatment time of 10 - 30 seconds per site. He suggests administering
treatment in 24-48 intervals, and states that results should be seen within 2 -
3 treatments. He acknowledges that these protocols are not necessarily the best
ones, but work well for his practice. 2) Vanable, Joseph: The Role of Endogenous
Electrical Fields in Limb Regereration Limb Development and Regeneration, Part
A, pgs. 587-596, Alan Liss Publishing, N.Y., 1983 2) Vanable, Joseph: The Role
of Endogenous Electrical Fields in Limb Regereration Limb Development and
Regeneration, Part A, pgs. 587-596, Alan Liss Publishing, N.Y., 1983
the following are personal observations by Dr. Joe Ventura
AXION micro5 SP for
any practitioner that deals with pain patients
The AXION micro5 SP is an outstanding device to locate and treat
acupuncture points and trigger points. Treating the points associated with
various pain syndromes and then passing the healing current (ETR) through the
area, delivers a powerful one-two knockout punch for pain. The AXION micro5 SP technology
enjoys a 30 year success history, longer than any other microcurrent device. I
have personally used it on professional athletes, world-class college and high
school athletes and on my non-athlete patients, all with outstanding success.
Our exclusive AXION micro5 SP package comes with Acupuncture
point and trigger point formulas for over 70 different common musculo-skeletal
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SP for TMJ Pain Control and Healing
In 1984 I developed one of the first TENS
devices for the Denar Corp and worked for several years with Jack Haden, DDS
teaching microcurrent healing at his TMJ seminars. I know first hand that
clinical microcurrent stimulation can control the pain associated with TMJ and
the ETR wave can help normalize the associated muscles greatly helping the other
techniques you employ.
The AXION micro5 SP comes with detailed TMJ
charts and reference materials. Start using it right out of the box!
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AXION micro5 SP for Facial
A quick review of the Internet shows
that microcurrent stimulation is still a very big business in the facial
rejuvenation field. That is because thirty years later it still works to tone
the underlying muscles.
What many don't know is that facial
rejuvenation was invented by Dr. Thomas Wing and Dr. George Goodheart through
their work in muscle re-education. I was among the first group of doctors to use
their techniques and Dr. Wing's patented equipment.
I opened the first clinic in Kansas City for performing such a service
Unfortunately what I also discovered during
my Internet search is that many of the current facial rejuvenation techniques
have little in common with the original system, and in many cases the current
techniques act contrary to laws of physiology.
I am pleased to offer the original facial
rejuvenation protocols updated with new charts and manuals. And the new
AXION micro5 SP, the descendent of the original machines, is the premier microcurrent stimulator to perform the protocols.
And because the original protocols are so
effective, your time is cut down to about 15 minute, per client.
The protocols include BOTH the correct
acupoints to stimulate and the muscles to work and how to work them. And because
the AXION micro5 SP was the original facial rejuvenation machine, you can be
assured of the results.
It also comes with our exclusive facial
rejuvenation training material that includes detailed charts and reference
materials to get started right, and right away.
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Dr. Thomas Wing a licensed acupuncturist,
chiropractor and naturopathic doctor from California originally developed the
AXION micro5 SP to be the premier electroacupuncture device. He and others at the
time, were looking for a way to simulate needle insertion using electrical
impulses. During his research he discovered that the boy reaction to a positive
stimulation current was enhanced if a negative current was used first. This was
later born out to be true in published research.
Dr. Wing also understood that the body's
tissues were capacitive in nature. That is, charges could be stored and then
released when a certain level was achieved. He built into his machine a circuit
that would let the operator know when the body had released that charge.
So, the AXION micro5 SP has several features
that make it the premier electro acupuncture device.
Very stable searching meter that displays
both 0-100 and 0-200 ranges simultaneously
Tsunami Wave© stimulation of points either
from a single or dual probe system
Feedback loop to ensure the current is
Feedback loop to show success of current
As a chiropractor and acupuncturist allowed
to perform needle insertion in Kansas in the 1980's, I can testify that this
device is so effective you will consider never using needles again. Dr. Ventura
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It started in the 1980's. Jack Scott PhD
began using microcurrent stimulation on several world class track athletes with
whom he had associated. Word of the fantastic success spread quickly through
that community and soon he was treating the best in the sport. Through the
efforts of Dr. George Goodheart who was part of the official medical team in the
84 Olympics, the AXION micro5 SP was used an an official modality and help many an
Olympic athlete through their minor, and not so minor aches and pains of Olympic
After the Olympics there was no stopping the
success of the AXION micro5 SP. Many professional athletes now demanded microcurrent as part of their rehab process. Virtually every major professional
sports team had a device. Some athletes like Carl Lewis, possibly the greatest
Olympic athlete ever, carried their own unit wherever the went to compete.
My personal experiences were in treating
athletes at the 1986 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and with the various high
school and college athletes I treated in my practice. I've had the fortune of
having virtually every modality at my disposal during my practice years. By far,
the best technology for speeding up the healing in an injured area is clinical
microcurrent and the best machine is the AXION micro5 SP. Dr. Ventura
the AXION micro5 SP is NOT Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)
FSM is the brain-child of Carol McMakin DC.
It is based on the work of Albert Abrams MD. Dr. Abrams holds the distinction of
perhaps being the greatest medical charlatan of all time. He believed that every
disease had a frequency and if you bombarded the body with the exact frequency
of the disease you could neutralize the disease. He created a device that he
leased to other doctors with the understanding that if you broke the seal and
opened the box you could no longer use it, it must be returned. His device never
passed a single test of scientific scrutiny in the U.S. or in Great Britain,
earning the disapproval of both the AMA and the British Medical Association.
Abrams work was championed in the 60's by Royal Rife and now by Dr. McMakin.
Unfortunately there is still no proof that
FSM is any better of different than conventional microcurrent. If fact, I have a
great concern that FSM protocols do not take into account that crossing currents
of different frequencies try to cancel each other out. This means the actual
treating, or beat frequency, is the difference between the frequencies of the
Understand this: The Current of Injury of
the body is a continuous current of DC electrical energy, negative in polarity.
The Current of Healing is the same, but positive in polarity. Continuous means
constant, as in no frequency. Doesn't it make more sense to use the EXACT same
parameters as the body does? That's what the AXION micro5 SP uses.
Until adequate research is done to establish
that FSM is truly unique and that the body is really frequency specific in the
healing process, FSM must be regarded with skepticism.
My opinion, and I would love further
discussion on this. JV
In February of 2011 Dr. McMakin and I had
several e-mail exchanges regarding FSM versus traditional microcurrent. I have
examined all her "research" and I continue to believe that her results are
happening as a natural effect of microcurrent stimulation and in spite of her
frequency specific protocols.
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