Thursday, January 27, 2022

Non-Specific Self-Healing: How it Works or Your Need to Be Needled

Dr. Alfred Cormier

Dr. Alfred Cormier

In my high school yearbook quote, I used a poem by Stephen Crane, which read:

“Think as I think,” said a man,
“Or you are abominably wicked;
You are a toad.”
And after I had thought about it,
I said, “I will, then, be a toad.”

For anyone who would say that the medicine I practice makes me a quack, I would say, “I will then be a quack.”

There are mountains of evidence showing the scientific rationale for acupuncture, homeopathy, low-level laser and magnetic resonance therapy, Chinese herbal and diet therapy, Tui-Na massage and Qi Gong, mesotherapy and prolotherapy.  These art forms utilize the self-healing mechanisms inherent in all of us.

My training is in Traditional Chinese Medicine, completed at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Oriental medicine is based upon the I Ching, a 5,000 year old book that defines the concepts of yin and yang.  The binary system created by yin and yang is currently used by computers, the Internet, and all digital recordings.  The 0 and 1 changes allow for infinite possibilities. The yin yang symbols can be stacked into 3 lines forming 8 different trigrams. The trigrams can be stacked forming 64 hexagrams. The 64 hexagrams can be a perfect reflection of the 64 genes in the DNA sequence made up of triplet codons in all living things. So the ancient Chinese were definitely on to something.

In Oriental Medicine, the goal is to balance the Qi. The entire universe is made of Qi, and can be classified as either yin or yang. There are many different ways to understand the human body and how to balance the Qi, but acupuncture is an essential ingredient. In my opinion, any health care paradigm that does not include acupuncture is pure hogwash.

For over 5,000 years the Chinese have used acupuncture to balance their Qi; time has proven the efficacy. Most hospitals throughout China have herbal, massage and acupuncture departments. The treatments are very inexpensive, work quickly, and truly heal the patients by allowing their own immune systems to regulate the disorder. This type of medicine could solve many of America’s problems, including the deficit, loss of productivity, widespread depression, and drug addiction. Many chronic diseases could be prevented from ever occurring.

Qi is a poetic term for ‘Life Force’.  Understanding an imbalance in Qi can’t be done in exact scientific quantifications.  Qi is in constant change, but too much yin or yang imbalance will produce signs or symptoms of disease. The electromagnetic force in our body is created by the exchange of elements like sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and complex molecules made of many elements. The intelligence for all these exchanges is present in every cell because of DNA. DNA has the ability to change in order to deal with new threats to survival. One type of cell can become another type of cell if survival is at stake. Everything is in a state of flux.

Oriental medicine is concerned with keeping things flowing. An area that has stagnant Qi will have pain or dysfunction. Placing an acupuncture needle in this area will release electromagnetic energy, creating a vacuum, which brings fresh energy into the place. The needle also causes a small injury bringing blood to the area. Blood is essential for any type of healing to occur.  The local nerves around the needle will be stimulated which will send a message to the brain. The brain will see the needle as a threat to survival, causing a release of endorphins, enkaphalins, and dynorphins.  These are natural opiates, which modulate pain, hormones, the immune and nervous systems. There is a main hormone regulation triangle in the human body set up between the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain, connected to the adrenal glands above the kidneys. This is called the Hypothalamic- Pituitary- Adrenal Axis. Although balancing this HPA Axis is one of acupuncture’s main functions, acupuncture does not do this in a specific way.  Our body’s intelligence takes over once the needle has entered the skin.  The HPA Axis will balance the autonomic nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic side is more yang, and causes the fight or flight response. The parasympathetic is the yin side, which causes healing, sleep, and digestion. When acupuncture balances the HPA Axis and the autonomic nervous system, we feel much happier, energetic, less painful, receive better quality sleep, have a stronger immune system, produce more hormones, get rid of more waste and build better blood and tissues. All of this occurs in a non-specific way for self-healing.

Prolotherapy and mesotherapy injections work along the same lines as acupuncture, with a much stronger effect since a fluid is injected into the body. Mesotherapy is a shallow injection used for pain management, facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, acne, digestive disorders, and local fat removal. Prolotherapy is a deep injection within ligament, tendon or joint tissues to make these structures stronger.  Prolotherapy causes new ligament, tendon and cartilage to grow through our own immune processes.

Tui Na massage and Qi Gong therapy work just like acupuncture, except nothing enters the body.  Using the sensory nerves on the skin will balance the Qi, and deeper pressure will move the Qi from an area of stagnation.

Chinese herbal and diet therapy will chemically balance the various systems of our bodies, and provide the raw ingredients for healthy tissue production.  Herbs are an excellent way to get rid of toxins, viruses, bacteria, and excess heat, cold, dryness, or dampness.
Laser and magnetic resonance therapy energize the cells and move lymphatic fluid making all the treatments that have been described more effective.

If you are interested in balancing your mind, body and spirit, along with taking control by healing yourself, then please come see us. Dr. Alfred Cormier, DOM, AP, MTOMThe Cormier Health Center is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail N., #21, in Naples, call 239-530-3997.

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