This neural therapy newsletter marks the beginning of our
sixth year. I want to use this
opportunity to thank you - my readers, for all the interesting feedback and
encouraging letters. They come from all over the world, are often informative,
and are all very much appreciated. For those of you who have signed on only
recently, past newsletters can be found in the archive at http://www.neuraltherapybook.com/newsletters
"Solar plexus" is
a word I first heard as a youngster, growing up in rural Canada
listening to the blow-by-blow descriptions of the Friday night boxing on
radio. When a boxer landed a hard blow
to the "solar plexus" we knew that it mattered. It might be a knockout!
This term isn't used much these days. In the not-so distant
past it was used to describe what we now call the "coeliac plexus". And
(according to the Wikipedia) it is sometimes used as a translation of the
Sanskrit word manipura referring to
the chakra corresponding to the umbilicus. This strikes me odd, as both the region "solar plexus" and the anatomical term "coeliac plexus" are
located in the epigastrium, well above the umbilicus. Perhaps a reader could clarify this point.
In any case, the
coeliac plexus is important in the practice of neural therapy. It is not an uncommon interference field and
powerful beneficial effects can be obtained when detected and treated.
The coeliac plexus is the largest plexus in the body; it is
a poorly defined network of nerve fibers and ganglia situated anterior to the abdominal aorta at about the level of the
first lumbar vertebra. Anteriorly,
its center can be found by palpating the abdominal aorta at a level
corresponding to the midpoint between the tip of the xiphisternum and the
The coeliac plexus has connections with the vagus nerve, the
thoracic and lumbar sympathetic ganglia, the stomach, pancreas, liver and small
and large intestines. It serves as a nerve connection center distributing
afferent and efferent information throughout the enteric, sympathetic and
parasympathetic nervous systems in the abdomen. It is also involved in
decision-making; afferent fibers synapse with efferent fibers in this
region and can modify efferent output, i.e. complex activity can occur without
the involvement of the brain or spinal cord.
The coeliac plexus
should be considered a possible interference field in any condition of chronic
or recurrent gastrointestinal dysfunction.This is especially true if
interference fields are found in more than one of the abdominal organs. The
coeliac plexus lies behind the stomach in an anatomical sense, and coeliac
plexus interference fields "lie behind" the stomach and other abdominal viscera
in a functional sense.
A typical story would be recurrent stomach and bowel
problems for many years following amoebic dysentery or some other particularly
severe gastrointestinal infection. Interference fields are found in the stomach, liver and possibly other
organs, but no lasting relief is obtained until the coeliac plexus interference
field is identified and treated. Occasionally, celiac plexus interference
fields may be found associated with lower thoracic sympathetic ganglia
Coeliac plexus injections, (despite appearances) are simple
and safe using an anterior approach. Even in quite obese patients the abdominal aorta can be palpated if
enough gentle pressure is applied. Two
fingers cradle the aorta and the needle is inserted between the fingers until
the firm resistance of the aorta is felt. Obviously abdominal viscera are penetrated, but using a fine needle, no
harm is done. Details may be found in
my book on page 187 available at http://www.rfkidd.com/booksite/.
The coeliac plexus should be looked at as a "breaker switch"for the autonomic
innervation of the abdominal viscera. Just as an electrical breaker switch "flips" and shuts off current flow
when overloaded, so also do autonomic ganglia go into an "alarm state" when
neurological traffic is too heavy or too intense.
A short case history:A 42 year old woman presented with
stomach and bowel upsets, fatigue and depression since contracting an
undiagnosed tropical disease in Indonesia
12 years before. During the illness she
had experienced some jaundice. No
specific infectious agent had been identified.
On the first visit, an
interference field was detected by autonomic response testing. Neural therapy
"quaddles" were placed over the stomach segments and a mild temporary
improvement was experienced for a few days.
and treatments of liver and large bowel interference fields also produced only
temporary improvements. Only when a
coeliac plexus interference field was identified and treated with a coeliac
plexus block was a truly satisfactory and lasting response achieved. Not only
did the gastrointestinal symptoms disappear, but the patient's energy and sense
of well being improved also.
Next introductory neural therapy course on November 12th
and 13th, 2010 in Ottawa,
Three-day introductory neural therapy course in Sydney,
Australia March 9-11, 2011. For more information contact George Stylian DO: 02
9524 4620, 0425 237 995 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
FAX: 02 9525 9998