Last month I made mention of the lung and its connection
with the lung meridians as identified in acupuncture. This month I would like
to consider the subject of the lung as
an interference field in more
general terms. The lung is easily
overlooked, as the symptoms produced by lung interference fields often do not
relate to lung symptoms at all. Lung interference fields can cause pain
syndromes, fatigue or other symptoms without any cough, shortness of breath or
other sign of lung problems.
Of course this is true of other organ interference fields as
well. The key is always to look for an
illness, trauma, or surgical or dental procedure in the weeks or months before
the onset of the patient's symptoms.
There is usually a latent period, long enough that neither patient nor
physician makes the causative connection.
Lung interference fields may be unilateral or
bilateral. When they are unilateral,
non-respiratory symptoms are usually (but not always) on the same side. If you are able to identify the interference
field with autonomic response testing or some other method, treatment of only
one side is necessary. If the
identification is made by history alone, there is no reason not to treat both sides.
I remember finding a lung interference field in a
middle-aged man with chronic fatigue syndrome.
He had had pneumonia many years before and "had never been right
since". Neural therapy of the lung
immediately improved his energy level.
Although attention to nutritional and other factors was necessary as
well, repeat neural therapy treatments
over several months resulted in a cure of his chronic fatigue syndrome.
The patient who has asthma, chronic cough or recurring bouts
of pneumonia over the years often has a lung interference field. Neural therapy can "cure" asthma, put an end
to chronic cough in some of these patients and prevent recurrence of
pneumonia. It is particularly effective
in treating pleurisy.
I suspect that most readers of this newsletter (like I) deal
mainly with chronic medical conditions.
And for that reason we do not often have the opportunity to manage acute
illness. In one respect this is a shame, as neural therapy is a very effective treatment for a potentially serious
acute illness i.e. pneumonia. In
pre-antibiotic days, pneumonia was a killer of young people as well as of old.
Imagine then the impact of this report that came out of the
old Soviet Union in 1944: (Speransky
AD: Experimental and clinical lobar pneumonia. Am. Rev. Soviet Med. 2:22-27, Oct. 1944). This paper was
remarkable in a number respects: It described a simple and effective treatment
for pneumonia in the most challenging of circumstances - the malnutrition,
crowding, poor hygiene and stress of wartime.
In addition, the report was written by AD Speransky, the famous Russian
neurophysiologist, who in the 1920s and 1930s headed one of the greatest
physiological research institutes in the world.
His landmark book: Basis for a theory of medicine had
been published in 1935, just before the Stalinist purges that destroyed so many
of the Soviet Union's finest researchers,
intellectuals and others. Reading the
English-speaking research literature, it seemed as if Speransky had
disappeared, but here he resurfaces, applying theoretical knowledge from his
The technique that
Speransky used was to inject large volumes of dilute procaine intradermally
into a diamond-shaped area extending sagitally from C3 to T4 and covering the
medial halves of the scapulae. Typically the fever vanished within 18 to 24
hours and the patient recovered quickly afterward. This sounds remarkably like
the neural therapy that was being developed independently and concurrently in Germany.
Korr was aware of this article and emphasized its importance
to the American Osteopathic Association at their annual conference in
1948. He recognized that the segments that Speransky was injecting
with procaine were the same that the osteopaths were manipulating and that the
therapeutic mechanisms were probably identical.
This simple and inexpensive treatment of pneumonia was soon
overshadowed by the newly discovered antibiotics that were then becoming
available. Antibiotics have for over 60
years become the gold standard, but new conditions may be inviting neural
therapy to make a return to the stage.
Speransky's studies showed the response to treatment was independent of
the species of pathogen. It is therefore likely that otherwise
untreatable viral pneumonia responds to neural therapy. (I have treated too few cases personally to
make general statements about its efficacy).
A second, not to be overlooked benefit of neural therapy is its cheapness. And probably most important of all is its independence from the growing problem of
Neural therapy can be used in treatment of acute illnesses
as well as chronic. Pneumonia is the
acute illness where its efficacy is the most dramatic and the best
documented. As always, I am interested
in comments from readers who have had direct experience in treating pneumonia
by neural therapy.
feedback on last month's newsletter on neural therapy and acupuncture from a reader
want to share something with regard to the use of procaine injections into
auriculotherapy points. I have seen many times Sekundenphšnomen (lightening
in - e.g. chronic sinusitis, resistant to conventional medical measures,
responding within seconds to procaine injections into auriculotherapy points
corresponding to the pelvis. Also
relief of thoracic pain in patients with abdominal interference fields using
procaine in the corresponding auriculotherapy points.
Luciano IvŠn Coral Loza