Constipation

Dear Colleagues:

This month I would like to discuss the subject of constipation and neural therapy's role in its treatment.  The Dosch textbook suggests a number of injection techniques including epigastric and coeliac plexus injections, quaddles to the small and large intestine Head zones, infiltration of appendix scars and a variety of other locations including the presacral areas, pelvic plexuses and paranasal sinuses. 

Although knowledge of these locations is useful to bear in mind, I prefer to spend more time thinking about the ultimate causes of constipation before embarking on treatment.  Constipation occurs for a reason, and understanding what the reasons are is essential for any long-lasting benefit.

When I started researching this subject, I was somewhat surprised to find 18,991 papers on PubMed in response to the search-word "constipation".  I had thought that it was a neglected subject in medical research, and obviously, I was wrong!

So rather than trying to summarize the literature, I will simply list some common causes of constipation that I find in my practice, before moving on to the neural therapy part.  Close to the top of my list would be magnesium deficiency - typically a "lazy bowel", with tight muscles all over the body (check for tight hamstrings and leg muscle cramps).  Next would be gluten and other food sensitivities. (It is amazing how many cases of chronic constipation resolve on a gluten-free diet.) Lower on the list would be commonly recognized conditions in mainstream medicine such ashypothyroidism, medication side effects, low fibre diet, lack of exercise, painful anal conditions such as fissures or thrombosed haemorrhoids, and medical illnesses affecting the bowel directly or indirectly.

When we consider nervous control of the bowel, abnormal somato-visceral reflexfrom somatic dysfunction may be a cause of constipation.  Paralytic ileus associated with compression fracture of L1 or abdominal trauma is well recognized in mainstream medicine.  However constipation can be caused by much less severe trauma, such assomatic dysfunction of upper lumbar vertebrae or sacroiliac joints. When these are present, manipulation or neural therapy of the affected structures can immediately restore normal bowel function.

Viscero-visceral reflexes are neurological pathways between viscera.  Signals may pass from one organ system to another, e.g. bowel and urinary bladder, but may also connect one part of an organ system to another part.  (We all see patients with abnormally active gastro-colic reflexes.) Occasionally treatment of an interference field at the gastro-esophogeal junction can correct the opposite problem - constipation.

The following is a case of constipation successfully treated by neural therapy of an interference field at the anus, albeit an atypical one.

A 48-year old man presented with a bewildering variety of symptoms, most of them beginning eight months before, subsequent to a fall and cerebral concussion: sore muscles and joints, fatigue, head pressure, right-sided body numbness, right sided tinnitus, mental confusion, balance disturbance, bleeding from the gums of the right side of his mouth, constipation and pain of the anus and penis.  Of all these symptoms, the constipation and anal pain were the most distressing.    

His family doctor had already suspected Lyme disease, but laboratory testing was equivocal.  No further testing had been offered, so the patient was examined (by me) using autonomic response testing. Interference fields were found at the right mid-cervical ganglion and the anus. The interference fields were then challenged with Klinghardt's diagnostic slides of Lyme associated organisms. The anal interference field autonomic response reacted to the presence of herpes simplex Type 1.

The anal interference field was treated with a Tenscam device, directing "energy" through a herpes zoster nosode, held directly over the anus.  (Neural therapy injections of dilute procaine with the equivalent homeopathic remedy would have produced an equally effective response.  (See page 60 of  my book on neural therapy).   

The patient obtained a few days relief of his constipation, penis and anus pain.  A very grateful patient returned for a second treatment that gave him two weeks relief.  Further treatment is ongoing.

A number of reports of urinary retention and (less so) constipation caused by herpes zoster  have been reported in the iterature.  These are generally thought to be caused by herpes irritation of the bladder and bowel themselves.  This may be so, but this case indicates that interference fields of the anus should be searched for as well, and if found, treated by neural therapy.   

Constipation has many potential causes.  Rather than simply treating symptomatically, wise physicians should search for the cause(s).  Interference fields are among the possible causes and should be searched for, if only because treatment is so effective.

The Neural Therapy in Practice newsletter was intended as a complement to Dr. Kidd's book, Neural Therapy: Applied Neurophysiology and Other Topics, which is still available for sale through Amazon.