According to the FDA, the BMN, we manufacture is hollow hypodermic needle, and also, acupuncture needle. The BMN is hypodermic needle, o.3mm external diameter like acupuncture needles, surmounted by a resilient polymer micro-reservoir for storing and releasing a small volume of liquid drug by pressing/releasing  the reservoir walls and aspiration/restoration through its hollow hypodermic needle.

This micro-reservoir allowing the Therapist to handle the needle during the acupuncture session confers to this BMN, the acupuncture needle status according to the FDA.

                           In the treatment of Trigger Points_ TPs,

 cause of most musculoskeletal pain: The fundamental treatment proposed to use hypodermic needles without liquid drug injection or Dry Needling and/or with injection or Wet Needling.

The pain of insertion and manipulation of the needle in the TP have made to prefer using acupuncture needles, less aggressive because thinner, triggering the ire of professional acupuncturists, fearing a depreciation of Acupuncture, practiced par practitioner without qualification.  Their main argument is to use the hypodermic needles proposed in the fundamentals for the treatment of Trigger Points by Drs. TRAVELL and SIMMONS.

 Dry Needling and Wet Needling have their detractors and defenders, it seems that the treatment of TPs is complete if it includes, in combination wet and dry needling, which implies the qualification for therapists to use liquid drugs. Most of Western countries reserve this use to the medical profession.

Some TPs being deeply located, two versions of treatment are available:

  • The ‘Direct Dry Needling’ and 'Direct Wet Needling'
    The needle reaches the AP and the injection is done into the AP.
  • The ‘Indirect Dry needling' and   ‘Indirect Wet Needling’
     The needle, 13mm length,  is remote from the AP and the injection is done away from the AP.

The BMN is used in these indications, Dry and Wet Needling with a single needle inserted.

This needle is inserted

  • Either in the version ‘Direct Dry and wet needling’ directly into the same superficial TP,
  • Or in  the version ‘Indirect Dry and Wet needling’ remotely from the TP if the TP is out of reach of the needle.

The BMN needle both hypodermic and acupuncture, has 13mm length, allowing:

  • Either direct access to the superficial TP, it is the Direct Wet & Dry Needling
  • Or indirect access to the TP, deeper located into the skin, it is the 'Indirect Wet & Dry Needling'.

The controversy between the use of acupuncture needles, by professionals not acupuncturists, to treat trigger points which are the cause of most musculoskeletal pain, instead of hypodermic needles, as advocated by the founding doctors, is thus appeased. 
Professionals non-Acupuncturists cannot be criticized for exceeding their qualification by using a specific acupuncture needle dedicated to the treatment by qualified Acupuncturists, according to them.

                           Mesopuncture Acupuncture Mesotherapy_ MAM.

The Acupuncture Point location is systematized and easily recognized on the skin surface by various anatomical landmarks, described for millennia. The Acupuncture Point _AP is described as a well open at the surface of the skin and leading, into the skin, to a mass connective tissue folds where collagen and elastin fibers are aligned: It is the AP.

To be active and produce the Acupuncture Effect, described for millennia, the AP must be stimulated:

*-* For centuries, the stimulation was made by metal needle, compact or hollow, inserted and manipulated into the AP, it is the classical acupuncture producing the Acupuncture effect described in Chinese medicine.

-* Since the end of last century, traditional Chinese medicine has proposed injecting a liquid drug in the PA or Mesopuncture.

 By its physicochemical structure or volume, it stimulates the AP, producing the Acupuncture Effect which depends solely of the stimulated AP and not of the stimulus.

The liquid drug into the PA keeps its pharmacological properties,  producing the Pharmacological Effect.

  • In Mesopuncture, the liquid drug injected has two effects: The Acupuncture and Pharmacological Effect.                   

-* Since, also, the last century end was born Mesotherapy.

It is a drug administration mode by creation, into the dermis or superficial hypodermis, of micro reservoirs with some drops of a liquid drug injected,  in any part of the skin body, the closest possible to the altered zone: The Mesotherapy Points_ MPs.

It is difficult, without accurate knowledge of the location of APs, to assert that the drug injection made by the Therapist during the treatment, is not made into APs and that it is Mesotherapy and not Mesopuncture.

It is of major importance for the therapist to know what the active treatment was: Acupuncture Mesopuncture or Mesotherapy?

It is possible with a succinct training through Internet for example, for a given condition, to learn and know the location of the local action APs in the skin area chosen for Mesotherapy

  • In this skin area chosen for treatment, the MPs that will be created around the APs will be so close to the APs, that they are adjacent, often. The same needle can reach them.

In practice: The MAM or Mesopuncture Acupuncture Mesotherapy.
The needle of the BMN is inserted into the AP to create Acupuncture and Mesopuncture. Then, the needle of the BMN, from its insertion point into the AP, allows, through the thickness of the dermis, creating MPs, all around the AP, according to a star shape.

The BMN:  From a single insertion into the PA has allowed realizing Acupuncture-Mesopuncture and around the PA, creating PMs, without additional pain to the first insertion.