Non-invasive regeneration concept for orthopaedics and wound therapy

The application of a special metal foil around an injured region and simultaneous functional exercises alleviate redness, inflammation, swelling and pain and also accelerate tissue regeneration.

The special characteristic of this wafer-thin metal foil is its extraordinary ability to reflect electromagnetic radiation. The metal foil consists of two layers. The reflective layer on the skin consists of a silver alloy, while the second layer contains a gold alloy. Using tapes, the foil is attached airtight onto the skin around an affected or inflamed area and changed every 2 to 4 days until the end of the treatment.

“Sanotaping” was originally developed to treat injuries and inflammations of the musculoskeletal system (Steffen Barth, since 1980 ). In the meantime, this non-invasive method has also successfully supported the regeneration of chronic wounds and scar tissue. In addition, mental relaxation (stress reduction) is initiated and accelerated.

The characteristics of tissue damage

The signs of any tissue damage are redness, inflammation, swelling and pain. In order to neutralize these symptoms, the edema water which accumulates in the affected connective tissue regions must be actively removed. This excess fluid is overloaded with dead cells, proteins, free radicals and non-metabolizable inorganic acid residues. It transforms the otherwise saltwatery consistency of the healthy extracellular matrix into a viscous gel. This change has an effect on cell metabolism: On the one hand, the removal of oxygen and glucose is clearly impeded, so that the energy required for the necessary regeneration can only be provided insufficiently, on the other hand, the components of the accumulated oedemic water poison the environment and increasingly provide acidic conditions which contain a certain potential for disease. This condition can lead to further tissue damage and unfavorable changes in the connective tissue.

The treatment concept of “sanotaping”

In order to reduce the oedemic water or the negative effects on connective tissue and to promote regeneration, several mechanisms work together when using “sanotaping”. The compression caused by the taping counteracts the swelling and pushes the oedemic water out of the injured region. An increased capillary flow in blood and lymph vessels, caused by functional exercises, provides for a more effective supply of micronutrients and parallel to this a faster elimination and excretion of toxins and necrotic tissue.

Galvanotaxis and sweat diagnostics (Sudorology)

The metal foil described above acts like an electrode which - together with the antagonist skin surface, the sweat and the reflected biophotons emitted by the damaged cells - builds up an electromagnetic field. This field triggers galvanotaxic processes that both strengthen the immune defense and build up an antiseptic environment. Furthermore, the repair mechanisms of the fibroblasts are stimulated with regard to the regeneration of the connective tissue and cell renewal and reepithelialisation are accelerated. In addition, the targeted use of laser photons can stimulate tissue regeneration and cell division rates. The application of cold plasma can also eliminate pathogenic germs in an open wound.

The airtight seal ensures increased transpiration under the tape and thus increased evaporation of acids present, which then can reach the skin surface from the inflamed tissue. These acids react with the metal, reducing acid protons to molecular hydrogen which, in the absence of oxygen, neutralizes the harmful free radicals in the affected region. Depending on where the applied metal layer is attacked (discoloration), the epicenter of the internal inflammation can be clearly localized and the region to be treated can be further narrowed down.

Dr. Martin Friedrich

Steffen Barth


Eilper Str. 62

D 58091 Hagen

Scar reduction

Fig. 3a – Here you can see a long suture of a head wound that extends across the head of a 35 year old male assault victim, which was caused in a brawl with kicks to the head. The patient complained about severe pain and dizziness during the scar treatment, especially about pain in the cervical spine area due to a relieving posture to avoid pain.

Fig. 3b - This picture illustrates the fixed metal foil after removing the sutures.

Fig. 3c - The scar is significantly reduced when the metal foil is removed.

Fig. 3d - This figure illustrates the result after the scar has been treated for less than two months.