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An Acupuncture Point Stimulus Method for Relieving Human Suffering

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A Safer, More Effective Approach to Addiction and Complex Pain


In a world grappling with the opioid crisis, causing immeasurable suffering and costing over $1.5 trillion per year in the US alone, the need for safe alternative therapies has never been more pressing. Over the past 20 years, Bio-electrode Therapy (BeT) has been used in detox centers, community outpatient clinics, and treatment centers in British Columbia, Canada, with remarkable results. Administered to thousands of drug-dependent people, this novel adjunctive treatment method had been shown to relieve acute opioid withdrawal symptoms and a range of complex pain conditions (often the underlying cause of opioid dependence). Integrating the science of developmental bioelectricity with Traditional Chinese Medicine's acupuncture meridian theory, this therapy is gaining international attention.

How It Works:


BeT harnesses the body's innate electrical properties through the strategic placement of silver and copper (or silver and gold-plated) electrodes on specific acupuncture points. By adhering to established Chinese medicine principles and protocols, this therapy creates microcurrents and electrical fields within the meridian system, influencing the endogenous current (Qi) and promoting healing. No external power source is required, as the therapy taps into the body's natural bioelectric potential.

The Science Behind the Solution:


It is well established that endogenous DC electric fields play a vital role in development, regeneration, and wound healing. Disruptions in these bioelectric currents can lead to pain and disease development. By applying the simple electrodes—silver acting as the cathode and copper as the anode (and conversely in the case of the gold/silver combination, gold as the cathode and silver as the anode)—the resulting microcurrent and electrical field stimulate injured or diseased cells, tissues, and organ systems. This stimulation facilitates restoration of intracellular fluid levels, electrolyte balance, pH equilibrium, toxin removal, and homeostasis.

Aligning with Ancient Wisdom:


The therapeutic application of noble metals like gold, silver, and copper has a rich history in traditional Chinese medicine. By strategically placing electrodes on Jing-Well points (i.e., the beginning- and end-points of meridians), and reflex points of popular acupuncture microsystems, BeT directs and strengthens the unidirectional flow of Qi—a fundamental principle for health and well-being. This alignment with ancient practices underscores the therapy's efficacy in addressing the root causes of addiction and pain.

The Benefits:
Bio-electrode Therapy demonstrates that:

  • Detoxification from opioids without withdrawal stress is possible.

  • A wide range of complex pain issues (most frequently the original cause of opioid dependence) can be addressed.

  • No complex, expensive, and cumbersome electrical devices or tools are required to stimulate the body’s endogenous bioelectricity or Qi.

  • Addiction professionals can easily learn and administer this treatment.

  • Clients can be treated on an outpatient basis or at home.

  • No wait listing for detox or treatment is required.

  • Opioid-dependent individuals can often self-administer this treatment empowering them in a situation in which they generally feel powerless.

  • By relieving the pain of opioid withdrawal, we eliminate the excruciating experience that is the greatest fear of all opioid users wishing to get clean and seek treatment.

  • Compared to the current extensive use of pharmaceuticals, cost savings of this therapy are prodigious.

A Pathway to Wellness:


As we navigate the complexities of health and healing, BeT offers a beacon of hope. By seamlessly blending modern science with ancient wisdom, this therapy provides a holistic approach to wellness, empowering individuals to reclaim their vitality and live life to the fullest.

With Les Moncrieff’s clinical manual or the app, and some very affordable and widely available tools, healthcare practitioners (and even pain sufferers themselves) can learn to apply the electrodes for quick and lasting relief of pain.   


I have had a few sessions with Les for various treatments. Addiction and chronic back pain. I have disc shrinkage and according to the x-rays, the damage is severe. I have pain rated 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most severe. After treatment I have no pain at all. It is instantaneous. Very difficult to believe but this is true. I am indebted to Les and his weekly treatment. (2–3 times a week). If I miss a treatment, I notice the pain more. Acupuncture and copper and aluminum is a “life saver.” Thank you.
C. B.


I had 2 sessions with Les about pain I had. Pain was from my jawbone. Pieces of bone protruding from my gums. Pain was a 10+ and after 2 sessions I literally have had NO PAIN for 2 weeks. I had the one piece of bone taken out by my dentist but still I have more bone protruding, and still NO PAIN! Amazing!!
L. C.


I am a 26 year old mother of two children. I came to this treatment program for heroin, methamphetamine, crack, coke and alcohol. (poly-substances). 2 weeks ago with the Covid-19 outbreak decided it wasn’t safe to use suboxone anymore, to come off all of the above. I had really bad symptoms, non-stop puking, lack of sleep, tired and achy bones. I attended Les’s group and I already feel amazing since he tattooed the pressure points. I am forever grateful. Thanks a million.
A. T.


I never thought of alternative medicine but thanks to Les I have had a positive experience. It’s helped tremendously with bowel function, blood pressure, stress, sleep, anxiety, boundaries, smoking and so much more. Being scared of needles, this experience has been very positive. Thanks so much.
J. T.


Les has made me believe in alternative medicine. I never thought that just a little bit of sessions that I have gotten, has helped me so much. The withdrawal symptoms have gone and any other pain that I have had has gone away, right away with his help. He is amazing at what he does and practices.

M. B.

Before treatment my ankle was in pain. As soon as Les put the aluminum round pieces on, I felt better. My ankle does not hurt anymore. I can walk without sharp pain. Thank you Les.

M. P.

I came in not feeling my feet and now I can feel them.
F. M.

Today I had a major headache which you helped me get rid of. I have also been 6 days without a cigarette. I think your therapy is amazing and I am grateful for your help.

J. P.

I came into Heartwood feeling really bad withdrawal from heroin/fentanyl. I went to my first acupuncture class where I met Les. I told him exactly how I was feeling. The achy muscles, cold and hot feeling and sneezing. He asked me how I was feeling on a 1 to 10 scale. I said 10. He then started to do the “acupuncture” by putting on my toes the electrodes of copper and silver. Which were for the stomach and liver, or pathways as he calls it. Then he put them on my fingers of the opposite hand. Almost right away I could feel the achiness and withdrawal symptoms fading. I felt calm and I felt that way as long as I kept them on my fingers and toes. I felt all the withdrawal symptoms fade away and I felt good the whole day and next day. I never tried acupuncture before and… I feel like I can actually face and deal physically with my addiction.

M. H.

Bio-electrode Therapy App


This app provides fast, efficient access to the necessary treatment protocols for a wide variety of pain and disease conditions.


Les Moncrieff R. Ac.

Les is a Registered Acupuncturist and healthcare professional employed by the British Columbia Provincial Health Authority Addiction Services since 1984. His primary focus has been addiction treatment and pain management. He has spent several years living and studying in Asia. Les has found great success and satisfaction integrating a wide variety of complementary and alternative therapies as an adjunct to mainstream medicine practice. Empowering clients to heal themselves using the skills and understanding of energy medicine, consciousness, and the principles of quantum physics is fundamental to his therapy practice.

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