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Title: Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of biopuncture and its use in clinical practice by registered homoeopaths
Authors: Mbokazi, Nonhlakanipho Sinenhlanhla 
Keywords: Knowledge;Attitudes;Percetions;Biopuncture;Clinical practice;Homeopaths
Issue Date: 27-May-2021
Biopuncture is an injectable therapy which employs ultra-diluted biotherapeutic
regulators. The proposed means by which biopuncture induces healing is by
stimulating the immune system to heal the body. Biopuncture is currently used
worldwide in the health sector for treating a variety of diseases, the most common
being musculoskeletal complaints. Biopuncture has recently become a popular
adjunctive therapeutic method which has been integrated into many homoeopathic
healthcare practices in South Africa. There is currently limited literature on biopuncture
in a South African context. Most of the existing literature needs to be translated into
English. This study allowed homoeopaths to provide useful information about their
level of awareness and practical uses of biopuncture. This study also identified existing
misconceptions about biopuncture amongst homoeopaths in South Africa.
Aim of the study
The study aimed to investigate the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of registered
homoeopathic practitioners regarding biopuncture treatment, and their management
of clinical cases with biopuncture as a treatment modality.
Data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Self-report techniques are
the most effective way to gather factual information about participants’ perceptions,
knowledge levels, and experiences. This quantitative study employed a convenience
sampling method. The participants were homoeopaths who were registered with the
Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) and were practising in
South Africa. There were about 500 homoeopaths who were registered with the Council
at the time of the study. The study's desired sample size was n = 225. The
questionnaires were distributed electronically with the assistance of AHPCSA. The
participants were expected to fill in the forms within two weeks but there was a time
extension. The researcher received and collected the responses of the questionnaire
forms by email. The data was coded and captured into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
and the results were analysed using SPSS version 25®. Results
The response rate was 35% (n = 77) of the initial sample size. The results showed
72% of the participants understood and had a knowledge of biopuncture. The overall
attitude was positive that biopuncture is an appropriate complimentary adjunctive
therapy in a homoeopathic practice. The majority (62%) of the participants were using
biopuncture in their practice. Chi-squared analysis found that the number of years
practised and the use of biopuncture are dependent. The finding was that all of the
practitioners who were in practice for less than two years were using biopuncture.
Biopuncture has been effectively used as a treatment and to manage clinical cases. A
minority of participants (4%) perceived biopuncture to be unhomoeopathic and
responded that it should be eliminated from homoeopathic practice. The importance
and need for biopuncture technique training before applying it in practice came through
as a strong finding, and, therefore, recommendation.
Mini-dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Technology: Homoeopathy, Durban University of Technology, 2021.
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