therapy is not usually thought of as a treatment for psychological
problems. To be sure, relief of pain and other symptoms of
illness can give a lift to the psyche, but neural therapy as a
treatment for emotional distress? - This seems unlikely.
However there is one relatively common circumstance where immediate and
impressive relief of emotional pain can be obtained through neural
therapy. That is in certain instances of acute depression. |
The word "depression" is all too often used to signify a diagnosis,
when its use should really be limited to description of a symptom or
perhaps a constellation of symptoms (sadness, listlessness, fatigue,
etc.) The impetus behind employing the term depression for a
diagnosis seems to be that immediate treatment with antidepressant
medication is then justified. Symptomatic relief may be obtained, but
attention is diverted from making a true diagnosis and finding a more
rational solution to the patient's distress.
The treatable causes of depression are too numerous to be discussed
here, but commonly overlooked ones in my own practice are hepatotoxins
such as mercury (from amalgam fillings) organic solvents and some
medications, vitamin B12 deficiency, hypocholesterolemia,
hypothyroidism, dietary protein deficiency (in vegetarians) or
combinations of the above.
You will note that at the top of my list is hepatotoxins. In
fact, with unexplained depression, the first place I look is at the
liver. For those of you familiar with Chinese medicine, this should
come as no surprise as the liver has been associated with anger and
depression for millennia. In Western culture, an example of this
association may be seen in alcoholism, where anger and depression are
never far from the surface.
From a neurophysiological standpoint, the autonomic nervous system
reacts when the liver is stressed by toxins or infection. The liver
itself may then become an "interference field" and begin to function at
a suboptimal level. With this often comes depression, fatigue,
apathy and/or irritability.
If a liver interference field is suspected in a patient presenting with
depression, the first step is (as always) to take a careful history,
particularly asking about the few weeks or months preceding the onset
of symptoms. Exposure to new toxins in the workplace, in the
home, in personal care products (lotions, creams, etc.), medications,
vaccinations, dental work, etc. may all be significant.
Alternatively, chronic (compensated) exposure may suddenly become a
problem (i.e. a decompensation occurs) if an additional stress is added
to the patient's system, e.g. a viral infection, dental work, a change
in diet, overwork, personal conflicts, etc.
Mild environmental toxic exposures do not usually cause problems in
otherwise healthy people. However those who have experienced serious
liver stresses in the past, e.g. hepatitis, infectious mononucleosis,
or drug overdose (especially acetaminophen) are more vulnerable. Their
livers carry the "memory" of the previous insult and the autonomic
nervous system is then more likely to react in an exaggerated manner,
such that an interference field is created.
A positive response with autonomic response testing confirms the
diagnosis. (See Chapter 4 of my book available at
http://www.neuraltherapybook.com. Treatment usually requires three steps:
1. Remove the toxin. e.g. If skin lotions containing organic
solvents (such as Vaseline) are
being applied to the body, this must
2. Begin a detoxification program. The program should be tailored to
the type of toxin involved
and the patient's own specific
detoxification weaknesses. (See Chapters 9 and 10 of the
3. Treat the liver with segmental therapy. (See Chapter 5).
Neural therapy of the liver can in some cases give instant relief, i.e.
an immediate improvement in mood and energy level. This happy
result may occasionally be permanent, but more commonly repeat sessions
of neural therapy in conjunction with the detoxification program are
needed, i.e. the neural therapy gives a "boost" to the liver until the
liver can function normally on its own.
There is probably no better example of the organ-emotion connection
than that between the liver and depression. Judging from the
sales of antidepressant medications in our society, depression is
epidemic. Physicians should be on the lookout for these easily
treatable causes and then use neural therapy to sometimes give