Posted: May 23, 2008

Nanotechnology meets acupuncture

(Nanowerk News) From the wonderful world of the world wide web, here is this week's Slow News Friday story: 'Revolutionary Healing Nanotechnology' that looks like a stone. Actually, it is a stone.
A company called Sig-Na Health Care Inc. markets "Needle Free Acupuncture Health Recovery Chips – patented composition silicon stone nanometer technology for treatment and recovery of various chronic pain and disease conditions."
health recovery chip
The website describes how this "stone" or "chip" is supposed to work:
"The Health Recovery Chip’s silicon molecular construction employs cutting edge nanometer technology. This highly specific technology allows for a much greater surface level of silicon to interact with the body’s energy meridians at the molecular level. The result – the Health Recovery Chips are able to influence and adjust the cells of the body's acupuncture points. A chain reaction of the cells occurs which effectivelybalances the function of internal organs through the circulation and Acupuncture channels. This creates a more energetic, vibrant and healthy person."
Basically, instead of sticking a needle into your acu-points, you just tape a stone on it. Oh, you need to sprinkle some water on it first, apparently that's an important step in the whole process. The website explains that "...any kind of water will work with the Health Recovery Chips, but you will limit the life and effectiveness of the Health Recovery Chips (and void the warranty) if you use any liquid other than the SURFACE LIQUID." Of course!
And you only pay $32 for a 100ml bottle of water – sorry, SURFACE LIQUID – if you buy it directly from Sig-Na Health Care. Per 750ml bottle that is more than twice as expensive as a nice 1999 Dom Perignon; but then, drinking the bottle of Dom might give you a headache while the nanotechnology stone will supposedly take it away.
On their website, the company claims that patients with the follwoing diseases were treated with the "Health Recovery Chip": headache, chronic rhinitis, coronary diseases, hypertension, arteriosclerotic brain disease, premature beat, slipped disk, cervical hyperosteogeny, gonitis, scapulohumeral periarthritis, gout, acute lumbar sprain, cyclomastopathy, insomnia, infection in upper respiratory tract, chronic bronchitis, facial palsy, eczema, acute urinary tract infection, acute gastro-enteritis and toothache.
Wow! Not bad for a lump of nanostructured silicon dipped in water... Maybe all the nanomedicine researchers out there are getting it wrong. Stop fussing with multifunctional gold nanoparticles, phospholipid liposomes and all this other complicated hi-tech stuff. Just take a stone, sprinkle water – sorry, SURFACE LIQUID – on it and let it interact with the body’s energy meridians at the molecular level.
I'd love to read that grant application...