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I proceed any further, let me make it absolutely clear that I am not promoting
acupuncture treatment as a remedy for the sorts of ailments that
I am using as examples. However, an understanding of the whole system
and its ramifications, and how, in a way, it parallels the distribution
of the blood, will help me to develop my proposition. If the flow of blood
to any organ or part of the body is inhibited and reduced from its natural
level, inevitably disease will result. Regarding the acupuncture system
as electrical circuitry carrying minute currents, there are many ways
in which the 'resistance' of a circuit can be increased, imbalance caused,
and disease created. Remembering that I am an electrical engineer used
to dealing with the minute currents that one had to measure in a variety
of nuclear installations, certain reactions will be obvious to me that
may escape others.
I first became aware of the possibility of a connection between 'acupuncture' and mental health in relation to Alzheimer's disease. I had never actually thought about the condition until I saw on television a film called "Do You Remember Love?" It was a sympathetic depiction of the development of dementia in a middle-aged American woman university lecturer. At the time I could only name two individuals who had died from Alzheimer's. One was the film star Rita Heyworth, and the other was someone from the village in which I had formerly lived. Apart from being female, they had one important feature in common - they had both been dancers. The local woman had been a ballet dancer and had continued with dancing as she taught many young aspirants in our district. The thought that came to me on seeing the film and thinking about the two women, was that damage to the feet of a dancer is likely to occur frequently. This would be particularly so in someone who regularly dances on points, and bearing in mind that for many girls the urge to become a dancer develops early, when dedicated practice can soon distort feet that are still being formed. And so, unlikely though it may seem, I am proposing a link between damage to the feet and damage to the brain.
I shall include diagrams of the feet in the final section in which I shall give other references. It will be a short section and so easy to print and refer to while reading this discussion. The meridians are named for the organs of the body, but are not specific to those organs when treating ailments. Those involved on the feet are: Spleen, Sp; Liver, Liv; Stomach, S; Kidneys, K; Gall, G; Bladder, Bl. I have listed only those points that are relevant to my argument, and would point out that while some of the conditions listed are not specific in the terms used in Western medicine, the descriptions are appropriate to my proposition.
Liver (Liv) 1 Unconsciousness, fainting, 'appearance as though dead', headaches.
Liv 2 Headache, head dizzy, insomnia, angry easily, hysteria, madness, insanity, epilepsy, fits, convulsions in children, neurasthenia.
Spleen (Sp) 1 Madness, little children cantankerous.
Sp 2 Agitated, melancholic.
Sp 3 Mad,
S 41 Vertigo, madness, fits, convulsions in children, incoherent speech, frightened, agitated.
S 42 'Wants
to undress in public', wanders around aimlessly, 'every month madness'.
S 45 Fainting, cerebral anaemia, 'like a corpse', deviation of mouth, dementia, insomnia, neuropathy.
Kidney (K) 1 Fainting with cold limbs, prone to fear, madness, epilepsy, alarm in children, paralysis, pain in head and nape of neck, eyes dizzy, vertigo, hypertensive ecephalopathy. (The position of K1 is on the plantar surface of the foot, almost below and two centimetres proximal to Liv 2).
Point A is on the second toe, adjacent to Liv 2; it is not a classical point but has been added by more recent research. One could use it to treat 'articular degeneration of the atlas/axis joint'.
Other vulnerable locations are at the ankles where one might encounter either physical damage or the commonly observed 'going over' at the ankle. Acupuncture points that could become activated in these circumstances, together with relevant maladies are:
Bl 62 Madness,
epilepsy, dizziness, occipital neuralgia, tension headaches, spastic conditions
of the uterus.
G 39 Cerebral haemorrhage, hands and feet uncoordinated, throat numb, chorea, neurasthenia, madness, fear, bad temper. (Specialised point for bone marrow, leucocytosis).
I responded to a broadcast on BBC radio 4 in which the discussion centred
on the high proportion of professional footballers who were contracting
and dying from Alzheimer's disease. The natural conclusion of the programme
contributors was that it was heading the ball that probably caused the
onset of dementia. My own assessment, based on the arguments above, was
that equally with heading the ball, foot, ankle and shin damage are the
most likely injuries sustained by footballers. Nervous depression, insanity,
'suddenly becomes mad' are just three relevant conditions that could be
treated from points on the lower leg. I also pointed out that of the inmates
of a ward for demented women where I used to visit a friend, very few
were likely to have headed footballs. A patient in Lancaster Moor Hospital,
my friend had chosen to be placed in this particular ward because she
found it to be quieter than the one that normally housed women with her
range of problems. Of the women in the ward, one stood out in the context
of my argument. About sixty years old, she walked around incessantly in
stocking feet, revealing the most distorted bunions that one could possibly
see. The big toe on each foot crossed the others virtually at right angles
- Liv 2, K 1 and Point A being the three most likely to sustain damage.
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