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Written by Dr. Howard Rand   

“He who attempts the ridiculous achieves the impossible.” Those were my thoughts 35 years ago when I embarked on the study of Acupuncture. Very skeptical, I began my acupuncture career and subsequently holistic care. After practicing acupuncture for a short while, I soon found a new motto to go by. “If at first you DO succeed, try to hide the amazement.”


Holistic medicine is a mindset. It requires a different kind of thinking – that which is not taught in conventional medicine. Holistic medicine looks at the entire individual, not a specific disease. In conventional medicine, 2 + 2 = 4, and everything must be proven by double blind studies. My philosophy is “Healing has never come out of one bottle.”

Acupuncture has been practiced for over 5,000 years and is perhaps one of the oldest modalities. It is thought that one of the reasons acupuncture and other ancient remedies were not shared is because it gave power to those who had the knowledge. They were afraid that by giving the information to others, it would weaken their power. Herbal medicine goes back thousands of years as well. There are the Chinese herbs as well as western herbs.

Homeopathy, as we know it today, had its modern beginnings in Germany. It was introduced by Dr. Sam Hahnemann, a noted physician in the 1800’s. However, homeopathy was a healing system known to the ancient Greeks long before this.

The basic principal of homeopathy is that LIKE cures LIKE. Here again we are dealing with energy imbalance and vital forces. The symptoms that we see are the body’s attempt to heal the energetic imbalance.

Because we have been taught the western medical techniques, it is very difficult to comprehend any other way. For instance, homeopathic preparations are made to treat an individual and not a disease. It is necessary to consider what is unique about the individual. We therefore try to choose the remedy that is similar to the energy pattern of the individual. Homeopathy treats the energy field that is causing the pathological changes and therefore causing the symptoms – for example, Apis for bee stings. At best, you may get good results; symptoms disappear without further weakening of the energy field. However, it could also temporarily resolve symptoms, yet weaken the energy field so that more serious ailments occur.

This is why and where my method of using homeopathy, acupuncture and herbs differ. I incorporate the use of kinesiology or MRT (Muscle Response Testing) to further enhance my diagnosis and treatment. Kinesiology, another modality in the holistic “bag of tricks” is also based on energy fields.

There are energy fields in and around us. Every living and non-living thing has an electro-magnetic field around it; for example, Earth’s magnetic field is called gravity. When an object is placed on an animal, it can respond with either acceptance (compatibility), which is shown by muscle energy, or rejection (incompatibility) which is shown by muscle weakness. There are many muscle groups that can be used as detectors. My choice is the O-ring method. Due to genetic mutation and changes in the environment, such as computers and air pollution, the energy fields of man and animals have changed. Many people have found that the energy produced by a computer can cause many energy imbalances in man.

By muscle testing we can tell immediately if a substance is rejected or accepted.


Acupuncture

1. By definition, acupuncture is the stimulation of a point or points on or near the surface of the body.
2. The stimulation is done by:
1. Needle Acupuncture – insertion of needles
2. Aquapuncture – injection of liquids into acu-points
3. Acupressure – use of pressure with hands at acu-points (using fingernails or fingers)
4. Electropuncture – stimulation with electric current
5. Sonopuncture – stimulation with ultra-sound
6. Photopuncture – stimulation with light waves; ultra-violet or sunlamp
7. Osteopuncture
8. Moxibustion (Thermopuncture) – stimulation of acupoints with heat
9. Laser
10. Quackopuncture – acupuncture done by “Quacks”

Acupuncture was practiced by the Chinese solely until the overthrow of the emperors in 1911. The new rules of China encouraged Western style medicine along with acupuncture.

In 1892 acupuncture was first mentioned in a United States textbook at Johns Hopkins regarding treatment of lumbago. In 1897, the first article appeared in an AMA Journal. Acupuncture became more known and more controversial in the United States after Nixon’s trip to China.

 

 

The Basic Principals of Acupuncture

According to the Chinese medical philosophy, the body contains a constant flow of energy (CHI). Chi flows in pathways called Meridians. Interruption or imbalance of Chi results in pathology. There are 12 main and 2 extra meridians. The basic underlying principle of acupuncture… to balance Chi. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy allowing the body to heal itself. These meridians are named after various internal organs. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the 5 elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood. Each of these elements are associated with specific internal organs.

Indications:

1. Arthritis associated with hip dysplasia, stifle (knee) problems
2. CVS (Cervical Vertebral Instability) – wobblers and EPM
3. Vertebral Disc Syndrome (posterior paralysis) – commonly found in dachshunds and other long backed dogs
4. Smooth muscle spasm – diarrhea and constipation
5. Lung conditions – heaves, bronchitis, asthma
6. Incontinence
7. Radial paralysis
8. Wound healing
9. Behavioral changes
10. Lick granuloma
11. Founder
12. Ulcerative keratitis (eyes)
13. Shock – stimulation of only one point (GV26) has been shown to have immediate sympathometic effects stimulating endogenous epinephrine release.

Other holistic modalities that are used are chiropractic, raike, aromatherapy, flower remedies, massage, touch therapy and a host of others. It is not possible for any one to become completely efficient in every modality. Although I practice some of these modalities, my expertise lies in acupuncture, which as I have said, I began practicing 35 years ago.

NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques)

NAET was developed about 25 years ago by Dr. Devi Nambudripad. A native of India, Dr. Devi, as she is known, is a nurse, chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist and a medical doctor. Dr. Devi, unfortunately, was not blessed with good health as a child. She had eczema, arthritis, bronchitis and a host of other problems including 3 miscarriages. She had been treated by every kind of western medical specialist with little to no permanent relief. During one of her acupuncture classes, her teacher noticed her chronic raspy cough and suggested she might be suffering from allergies. Nobody before this even suggested that allergies may be the cause of her chronic illnesses. She had been on every diet, every pill with minimal effect.

One day after work, Devi decided to eat some carrots, which was NOT part of her very limited diet. Soon after she felt tired and lethargic and then weak and lightheaded. The rest is history and you can read the details in her wonderful book, “Say Good-bye to Illness.”

NAET is based upon the use of acupuncture, kinesiology, chiropractic, herbs and nutrition.


What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an unusual sensitivity of a person or animal toward certain substances. This tendency to react in this bizarre manner is inherited. It may not be the particular substance that is inherited, but rather the tendency to respond in an unusual manner.

The brain, nervous system and immune system are intricately involved in the allergy process. The brain instantly responds to the presence of the substance that caused the blockage of an energy pathway and considers this substance to be toxic and harmful to the body. It then reacts accordingly. Blockages will usually start at the weakest system in the body first, so for some it will be skin, some respiratory, some digestive, etc.

There are 3 main classes of blockage according to Devi.

1. Physical/Environmental – pollens, grasses, etc.
2. Nutritional/Chemical – foods
3. Emotional

The age of onset of an allergic condition definitely depends upon the degree of inheritance. The stronger the genetic factor, the earlier the onset.

When the body is in complete harmony or balance and our immune system is functioning properly, we can not experience illness. If our systems are not at peak working performance (or out of balance), we experience disease, infections, fever or pain. The cause of energy imbalance is energy disturbance – either too much or too little.


Allergy testing has always been done in the traditional manner such as:

1. Skin testing (scratch test or patch test) – These are too painful, can cause anaphylactic shock, and you can only do one set of allergens at a time.
2. Sub lingual testing – These are limited to foods only.
3. Blood testing – These are not reliable.
4. Elimination diets – These take too much time.

All of the above work on certain patients. However, the patient is rarely allergic to one thing; usually to many. If we don’t find them all, then the patient will still have some remaining problems. It becomes a detective job to find them all. Using kinesiology is probably the fastest and easiest way of detection. This too is NOT the perfect answer. It is not possible to eliminate every allergen, therefore my basic philosophy is to reduce the allergen level and stimulate the immune system so that there is a higher threshold for acceptance.

The basic principle to the NAET method is of “clearing” the allergy or blockage. In other words, we are telling the brain that it is no longer going to consider a certain allergen as a toxic substance. The clearing is usually a “permanent” solution and we no longer have to worry about it. In other words, the brain is told to ignore these allergens. As a result, the patient will now be able to tolerate those allergens that were previously troublesome.

In veterinary medicine, kinesiology is done with a surrogate. We first test the surrogate for polarity (energy balance) and then proceed. Each substance is placed on the animal by the surrogate and the muscle testing is then O-ring tested on the surrogate. After finding as many allergens as possible, we begin the clearing process.

The order of clearing in animals is not as important as in people. I generally start the food allergens first. These can easily be avoided. Treatments are done not more often than every 3 days.


Method

1. Hold allergen on back of animal by surrogate.
2. Have surrogate O-ring the appropriate fingers.
3. Chiropractic on acupuncture points along surrogate’s back. (Tap Huoto Jiagi points, stimulate Bladder points)
4. Tape or hang allergen on leg for 20 minutes.
5. Remove allergen and retest.
6. Do not allow contact with the allergen for 24 hours.

In really acute problems, this can be done every hour. We can only treat one allergen at a time. We can also test the internal organs by using a method called CRA (Contact Reflex Analysis).

 


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