Some of our readership have recently returned home from
attending a "Mid-winter neural therapy
retreat" at a country inn in the hills just north of Ottawa
in Canada. The purpose of these "retreats", held every
two or three years, is to allow experienced neural therapists an opportunity to
meet and learn from each other in a relaxed and informal manner. This year our
special guest was Dr. Carlos Chiriboga,
an orthopaedic surgeon and experienced neural therapist from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
As some of you are aware, there is little communication
between those practicing neural therapy in the Spanish speaking countries and
those in the English speaking world.
However I was aware that neural therapy was practiced widely in South America and that large congresses are held from
time to time. I had also heard (from a
German correspondent) that South America is
recognized by many as leading the world in neural therapy at this time. So South America
is clearly a place to watch!
One of the pleasures of writing these newsletters is to meet
(over the internet) physicians from all over the world who share a passion for
finding new ways to help their patients. This is how I came to meet Dr.
Chiriboga. Dr Chiriboga spoke at the
meeting and then spent two days with me in my own office. His knowledge and skills confirmed what my
correspondent had told me. We have much to learn from the South
A little example: When searching for interference fields, Dr
Chiriboga uses a little specially-made mirror
which he passes over the body while monitoring the patient's radial pulse. The mirror picks up subliminal energy emitted
from the interference field and reflects it back, stimulating an autonomic
response. This change in pulse is called VAS (or vascular autonomic response) and
provides the same information as does change in strength of an indicator
muscle. A variety of mirrors can be used
to filter for different conditions affecting the interference field, e.g.
allergy, metabolic problems, etc.
Dr Chiriboga does use muscle strength testing for certain
purposes, but rather than the shoulder flexor muscles (commonly used as
indicators in autonomic response testing and applied kinesiology), he uses the Omura bi-digital O-ring test.
Dr Chiriboga also uses a specially-made laser for both
diagnosis and treatment of interference fields and other problems. This "soft" laser emits a variety of ELF
(extra low frequency) signals to match the patient's requirements.
These tools were developed by Dr. Jorge Carvajal, a highly influential Columbian physician,
teacher and author of numerous medical books. Dr Carvajal teaches a medical
system called "Sintergetica medicine",
a synthesis of Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic, South American shamanistic and
Western medicine. As a young man he
received his medical training in Columbia, spent time with an Amazon jungle
shaman, and went on to study in Belgium and France where he was heavily
influenced by the physiologist Pischinger and the french physician Paul Nogier
(the originator of auricular medicine).
Physicians from all over South America go to Columbia to be trained by
him and he also travels extensively to speak and teach.
However, Dr Carvajal was not the one to introduce neural
therapy to South America. The pioneers
were Dr Julio César
Payan and Dr Germán
Duque, who both studied under the Huneke brothers in Germany. They founded
the Los Robles Clinic in Columbia,
which continues to this day as a teaching center for Sintergetica medicine and
I was surprised to see
variations of autonomic response testing to be practiced at such a high level
and asked Dr Chiriboga how this had come to be introduced to South American
neural therapy. His understanding is that
Dr Duque was influenced by the work of George
Goodheart DC (the originator of applied kinesiology). However he eventually learned and taught the
Omura O-ring test as his preferred method for detecting autonomic
There are many thousands
of physicians in South America practicing
neural therapy. I am honoured to have
some of them subscribe to this newsletter and sometimes even to receive
comments from them.
A neural therapy "congress" is held in Latin America every
two years and this year it will be in Guayaquil,
Ecuador. The dates are March 11-14 and simultaneous
translation into English will be available. http://www.neuraltherapybiennial.com/home.html.
More on neural therapy in Latin America