Where Chinese Medicine and Chiropractic Agree

Hi Everybody,

Often people ask if Chiropractic and Acupuncture really work, then why don’t medical doctors know about them.

The simplest answer is that medics these days are taught by the AMA (American Medical Association) and the Pharmaceutical Companies. The job of the AMA, which is basically a political organization, is to protect its profession from competitors. The job of the Pharmaceutical Companies is also to get rid of its competitors so that they get the most people possible taking their products, which increases profits.

In the end, there is a time and place for everything, but just like with so many other things, when politics and money get involved, the main goal in health care ends up being something other than your health.

THE CHINESE DISCOVER CHIROPRACTIC, LONG AGO- In the old days, if you went to see a Chinese Doctor, they had many different tools at their disposal to try and keep you well, or to restore health if you had lost it. Herbs are a mainstay in Chinese Medicine, and so are exercise and diet.

In another direction, the ancient Chinese used Physical Medicine to influence the health of the body. And not just to relieve aches and pains, but also to affect the inner workings of your body, including your nervous system, organs and endocrine glands.

They found that the body was full of complex reflexes between the internal organs and other parts of the body. By stimulating those reflex areas, they found they could often restore health to the inner parts of the body. In order to affect these reflexes, they used a variety of tools – acupressure, acupuncture, guasha (a skin scraping technique), cupping (a therapy using suction cups) and also what we now call Chiropractic Adjustments. Chiropractic is officially said to have started in 1895, discovered by a Canadian who had moved to America, but it really started long before that.

MEDIC DISCOVERS CHIROPRACTIC-  1921- A medical doctor named Henry Windsor, after hearing what Chiropractors and Osteopaths of the day were claiming about misaligned vertebra reflexively causing abnormal organ function, decided to do an experiment. He dissected human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organs.

In a nutshell, what he found was that whenever there was a small “kink” in the spine, if it had been there long enough, there seemed to be a diseased organ attached to it by the nerve. There were other organs diseased that had nothing to do with kinks in the spine, indicating that the kinks were definitely not the only cause of illness, but whenever there was a kink, there was almost 100% of the time a diseased organ associated with it. Dr. Winsor’s results were published in the respected medical journal, The Medical Times, and can be found in any medical library.(Winsor, H., Sympathetic Segmental Disturbances- 11. The Evidence of the Association in Dissected Cadaver of Visceral Disease with Vertebral Deformities of the Same Sympathetic Segments, Medical Times, 49 1-7 Nov. 1921)

IGNORED, HIDDEN- Even in his day the research was mostly ignored – it simply did not fit with the Pharmaceutical model of health that was being put forward. Since his time, this type of research has been performed over and over with the same results. The studies are getting fancier and fancier, but the results of the studies remain the same – abnormal spinal alignment seems to be linked with lowered internal health potential.
The Chinese have found ways of using herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, adjustments and other means of correcting these abnormal reflexes affecting the health of the inner body. Chiropractors tend to concentrate on using spinal adjustments. The methods may be different but the goals are the same.
Does this mean all you need to be healthy is to use Chiropractic and/or Acupuncture? Not even close. There are definitely times and places for everything, including medication and surgery. But Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine both are strong tools that have a definite place in health care, politics or no.

Hope this helps,

Dr Matt and Dr Robin

http://barneschiropractic.wordpress.com (newsletter archives)

This week’s bit of Useless Information:  This year’s summer solstice took place a day earlier (June 20th) than it has for the past 3 years, due to the fact that 2012 is a leap year. 

This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C.  Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such.  They are opinion and are for informational purposes only.  None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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