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Gold beads perception research

Gold beads perception research

On this page you will find the results of the perception research into the results of implanting gold beads in dogs and horses that STEHD recently carried out on behalf of the Holistic practice for Dieren Den Hoek.

Because the implantation of gold beads for pain relief is a still relatively unknown treatment method, we will first give a brief explanation (in the full report you will find a more extensive description with complete treatment protocol). We then outline a number of important outcomes.

The full report can be found and downloaded from our website.

If you would like to receive a printed copy of the report, you can request this via the STEHD secretariat (by e-mail to or by telephone at 030-2640237).

The content of the report speaks for itself and, hopefully, gives you a good idea of the results.

Explanation of the treatment method 'implanting Gold beads'

Chronic pain due to movement problems, especially degenerative joint diseases (with or without osteoarthritis). Think of chronic back complaints, such as kissing spines, or complaints such as hip dysplasia (HD), elbow dysplasia (ED), lumbosacral stenosis and spatter.

Description of the treatment:
By implanting gold beads on specific acupuncture points, you get continuous stimulation at these points. As a result, in most cases you see a rapid and long-term improvement of the pain complaints.

Through a hollow needle, small balls of gold are inserted into the body (permanently) at acupuncture points that are related to the pain complaints. Inserting the gold beads in these specific places reduces the pain complaints or takes the pain away completely. The cause of the complaints is therefore not removed, but with successful treatment the animal will no longer experience any nuisance (pain) from it. In other words, joint wear, for example, cannot be eliminated, but the pain that accompanies it, can.

In many conditions with chronic pain complaints, this can significantly improve the animal’s quality of life and extend the expected lifespan. Often a horse can even be used as a sport horse again after treatment.

Gold has a strong toning or stimulating effect on the acupuncture points. Den Hoek’s experience has shown that the purer the gold, the better and longer the effect is, which is why within Den Hoek only 24 carat gold is used for the gold beads treatments.

1. localized acupuncture points to be treated
2. Gold beads with the hollow needle at the top left (luer lock cannula)
3. Implanting a gold bead through a hollow needle.

Results perception study 'the implantation of gold grains'

Animal owners who have had their animal (s) treated with gold beads at the Holistic practice for Dieren Den Hoek in the past 2 years have been invited to participate in the study via a questionnaire. We are delighted that many participants were willing to return the completed questionnaire and appreciate their contribution. This internal research (also called perception research) has given us a lot of insight into how the participants experienced having their animal (s) treated in this way.

Completed questionnaires expressed in percentages:
– Participating dog and horse owners (total percentage of participants): 71.23%
Participating dog owners: 86.21%
– Participating horse owners: 61.36%

Result from improvement to greatly improved after gold grains implantation:
– Percentage improvement / greatly improved after treatment dogs and horses: 92.31%
– Percentage improvement / greatly improved after treatment dogs: 96%
– Percentage improvement / greatly improved after treatment horses: 88.88%

Is implanting gold beads an effective treatment method and how did the participating animal owners experience the treatments?
In this perception study, we often received positive answers to these research questions.

To be accepted as scientific research, a double blind study would have to be performed. In this case, half of the research group would receive gold beads and the other half a placebo. Given the ethical objections, we deliberately chose not to do this. It would therefore be premature and perhaps even careless to draw firm conclusions from this study, because it is a perception study. But we are very pleased with the great results and would like to share this with you.

A very large proportion of the participants found it worthwhile to implant the gold beads in their animal and would go on to implant gold beads in their animal again. This means that a very large number of people have good experiences with implanting gold beads in their own dog and / or horse.

Three of the participating horses (with complex clinical picture and long-term complaints) have since died. These were also the horses, of which both owners and Den Hoek have assessed that the treatment with gold beads has unfortunately not been successful.

When properly indicated, implantation of gold beads appears to be a very effective treatment method. Enough reason to continue to do more extensive research into this treatment method!

It is striking that most participating owners, after the condition had existed for more than 6 months, proceeded to implant gold grains in their animal. The unfamiliarity of this therapy may be the cause of this. It has also emerged that it takes some time before the results of the treatment become visible. Note that the results in horses are often only visible after 6 weeks, while the results in dogs are often visible earlier.

The full report online: gold grain perception research report

If you have any questions about this study, please contact STEHD by email at .

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