Description of GB2358803
Patent number: GB2358803
Publication date: 2001-08-08
Inventor: SOUTHGATE LEON (GB); GLEAVE KEVIN JOHN (GB); WEST WILLIAM SPENCER (GB)
Applicant: SOUTHGATE LEON (GB); GLEAVE KEVIN JOHN (GB)
- international: A61H39/08; A61H39/00; (IPC1-7): A61H39/00
- european: A61H39/08
Application number: GB20000002258 20000202
Priority number(s): GB20000002258 20000202
APPARATUS FOR TREATING LIVING BODIES
The present invention relates to apparatus for treating living bodies, especially human bodies, although animal bodies are not excluded.
In recent years, alternative systems of therapy, frequently having their basis in Asian systems of medicine, have become popular. For example the Chinese system of acupuncture, involving insertion of needles into certain points of the body on "meridian lines", is used extensively.
The inventors have found that the use of such acupuncture needles may be enhanced by their connection to devices which have previously been used in other systems of therapy, involving so-called orgone energy.
In a first aspect, the present invention provides apparatus for treating a living body, comprising a metallic needle for penetrating body skin, and a metallic wire means having, aproximal end connected or connectable to the needle, and a distal end of the wire means extending into the interior of a sealed container, and being suspended in free space within the interior, the sealed container having an exterior wall being formed with an outer non-metallic surface and an inner metallic surface, and a multilayered construction being formed of successive layers of metallic and non-metallic material disposed between the inner and outer surfaces.
The inventors have found that beneficial effects may also be obtained by the direct application of the wire means to body skin, without the use of an acupuncture needle.
More generally therefore, the present invention provides in a second aspect, apparatus for treating a living body, comprising a metallic wire means having a proximal end adapted for application to the skin of a human body, and a distal end of the wire means extending into the interior of a sealed container, and being suspended in free space within the interior, the sealed container having an exterior wall being formed with an outer non-metallic surface and an inner metallic surface, and a multilayered construction being foiTned of successive layers of metallic and non-metallic material disposed between the inner and outer surfaces.
As preferred, the wire means is covered along its length with a nonmetallic sheath, although its ends are bare. As preferred the wire means is a single continuous wire. The wire is preferably secured in a junction box of the container, adjacent a sealed entry point for the wire into the container. The junction box preferably includes a metallic member securing the wire, and at this point the wire may be broken so that a flirther short length extends into the container.
The wire may be single stranded or as preferred multistranded. The strands or strands may be formed into a ball suspended within the container, or as preferred the strands may be spaced from one another and extend into the interior of the container. More than one metallic wire means may extend from the container, for connection to respective acupuncture needles.
The sealed container may have a box configuration, with all the exterior walls thereof being formed of the aforesaid multilayered construction. The dimensions of the box are typically one foot (25 cm.) square.
It will be appreciated that such containers have previously been used for therapy, but commonly of a size to enable a patient to sit within the container. However smaller containers have previously been proposed, with a hollow steel funnel extending from the container, for pointing in a direction towards an area to be treated.
2 Brief Description of the Drawings
A preferred embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figures 1, 2 and 3 are respectively front, side and plan views of the container forming part of the apparatus according to the invention; and Figures 4 and 5 are respectively cross-sectional views of the bottom exterior wall and sides and top exterior wall of the container of Figure 1.
lo Figure 6 is a cross section through the side elevation showing the junction box.
Description of the Preferred Embodiment
Referring now to figures 1 to 3 of the drawings, acupuncture needles 2, 4 have copper ends remote from the needle point to which the proximal ends of respective metallic wire means 6, 8 are connected via metallic crocodile clips 10, 12. In a modification, the wire ends may be wrapped directly around the needles. The wires have plastic sheaths 14, but their free ends are bared at the connection with the crocodile clips. The distal ends of the wires are coupled to terminal members 16, 18 which are inserted into ajunction box 20 having an internal metallic body member 2 1. The junction box is secured to the top exterior wall 22 of a container 24, in the form of a square box. A single section 26 of multistranded wire extends from the metallic body member 21 directly through a sealed aperture 28 in the top wall 22 into the sealed interior. The bared ends 30 of the strands are separated from one another and extend into the interior, freely suspended within the interior, without making contact with any other part of the container.
The box has side walls 32, a bottom wall 34 and protective beading 36 along its exterior edges. The box has a wooden frame 38 extending along its interior edges and interior walls 40 of sheet metal or steel mesh. As shown in Figure 4, the bottom wall 34 has a plywood base 42 on which the sheet metal 40 is disposed. The central part of the bottom wall is a multilayered construction formed by successive layers of glass wool and steel wool 44, 46. The exterior of the bottom is formed by a layer of plywood 48. The sides and top walls of the box, as shown in Figure 5 are generally similar to the bottom wall shown in Figure 4 and similar parts are denoted by the same reference numerals. However the plywood layers are not present, the exterior part of the walls being formed by fibre board 50 to which a thin coating of sealing shellac 52 is applied.
Overall dimensions of the preferred embodiment of the box is 300min length, height and width.Further preferred dimensions are as follows; item 48 is 10min in width, item 38 is 20min in width as shown in figure 4 and 25min in width as shown in figure 5,item 42 is 1Omm. in width, item 50 is 15min in width.