prolific American-Japanese engineer, surgeon, scientist and acupuncturist Yoshiaki Omura is a proponent of what he calls "selective drug uptake enhancement"
using acupuncture techniques. The idea
of "drug uptake enhancement" acknowledges the fact that the very organs that need drug therapy generally have impaired
circulation; i.e. the drugs given to treat an organ or tissue can't get
there. Just as an abscess "walls off" infection to protect the organism as a
whole, so also does the autonomic nervous system reduce blood flow to organs or
tissues to limit the spread of damage.
The idea of improving
circulation to a dysfunctional organ or tissue is an underlying goal of neural
therapy. The same could be said of osteopathy and a
number of other non-mainstream medical approaches. Drugs are not usually part
of the treatment plan, but there is no reason that they could not be used under
However there are
circumstances in which improving circulation through an organ or tissue is not
in the patient's best interest. This occurs
when an organ is carrying a toxic load which (when released) is more than the
patient's excretory ability can handle. The stereotypical example is the bone
and soft tissues of the face in the patient who has (or has had) dental amalgam
literature dating back to the 1950's documents the amalgam-periodontal disease
connection. Not only does mercury accumulate in the kidneys,
liver, pancreas, etc, but also in the nearby tissues of the oral mucosa, periodontal connective tissue and alveolar
bone of the jaw and maxilla.
The neural therapist needs
to be aware of this when doing neural therapy in the mouth and facial sinus
regions. Neural therapy by its very nature opens up
circulation and mobilizes mercury from these tissues. This may be therapeutic for the target
tissues, but also can shift the toxic burden to the excretory organs,
especially the kidneys and liver.
after performing a sphenopalatine ganglion injection, the patient begins to
experience fatigue, malaise, headache, etc. one should look for interference
fields in the kidneys or liver. There
may well have been a shift of mercury from the tissues of the face to one of
these excretory organs. Neural therapy
of the affected organ can provide immediate relief.
An illustrative case: A 52
year old woman presented with chronic fatigue, headaches and mild depression of
a few years' duration. She was diagnosed
with chronic mercury poisoning from her amalgam fillings and was treated over a
period of several months with nutritional support, amalgam filling replacement
and intravenous DMPS chelation. Urinary excretion of mercury was monitored
after every third DMPS chelation treatment.
As the mercury excretion decreased to almost zero, so also did her
energy and other symptoms improve to the point that treatment was concluded.
A few months later she
returned with a sudden relapse of her symptoms.
This occurred soon after elective oral surgery. A repeat DMPS challenge
yielded a urinary excretion of over 70 micrograms of mercury per gram of
creatinine - a very high level in any patient with chronic mercury poisoning.
this sudden increase in mercury excretion could not be blamed on neural therapy
per se, the best explanation for the
relapse is that mercury was mobilized from the periodontal tissues by the
surgery, by the local anaesthetic injections or by a combination of both. In either case, the mercury
must have come from the peri-oral tissues.
is of course not a reason to avoid neural therapy in the face and dental
regions. It is simply a precautionary
tale so that the physician can identify and treat this occasional complication
of neural therapy.
In response to your request for MRI related pathology - I may have seen a case of a therapeutic MRI:
had a patient - female, mid 40's - who I was seeing for mixed-type
Migraine cephalgia. Her history was that the headaches started after
she was shocked by a high voltage line at work. She also had several
severe accidents/traumas in her past and has a hyper-alert type
personality, and always resembled a wild animal ready to bolt out the
door at any moment.
As part of the routine
head pain work-up, we scheduled her for an MRI brain without contrast.
A few weeks later, she returned to the office to go over the results,
wherein she sheepishly asked if she could have another MRI. Puzzled, I
inquired why, and it took her some time and reassurance that I wouldn't
think her crazy, to tell me that: During the MRI, at three distinct
points, she felt like a 'hot knife' cut through her head - she even
pointed to the locations on her head and the direction of the 'knife' -
the pain was described as almost unbearably intense, but only lasted a
few seconds each. However, for about ten days after that, she had
absolutely no headache, and felt great! (very unlike her). Slowly
though, the headaches returned, and have been the same since.
case has always intrigued me, in that her initial injury was the
electric shock, and a strong magnetic field seemed to provide temporary
...so maybe not every effect from MRI's are negative
I thought you might be interested-
Theodore Jordan, DO
Jordan tells me that he saw this patient a number of years ago and that
he does not have contact with her now. I wonder if there might not have
been an interference field involved, and if there might have been some
therapeutic possibility using neural therapy.
In response to some requests, I will be offering a two day seminar:
Introduction to Neural Therapy
November 13th and 14th, 2009
limited enrollment course is designed to teach the basics of neural
therapy - enough for immediate incorporation into your practice. More
information to follow.