Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Spinal Cord - Nervous system Connection.

So recently I heard a pretty fantastic story.

My friend, JC, who is an asian female of Korean ethnicity in her mid 30s, has suffered from childhood,
  • eczema
  • slow recovery of cuts and wounds. 
  • tense stomach area
As a result, unlike most "normal" people, she is unable to go to a facial salon, and only uses certain skincare and cosmetic products which has proven to not react on her skin, which pretty much is limited in choices.

Anyways one day she followed one of her students (JC is an Adult English Teacher) who had asked her to go with her to see a chinese doctor (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for a massage.

On inspection, the doctor examined just both JC's hands and her palm, and then finally exclaimed that due to conditions in her spinal cord, it has caused her nervous system to not function properly. Now, my friend does not have any spinal cord problem, nor pain on her back, so she thought this was a pretty fantastic story, and the TCM doctor had not even examine her spinal cord....

The TCM doctor continued saying in broken English (!) that no 7, 8, 9, 10 of her spinal cord had some problems and there was nothing much more she could do to help JC, so she had to go and see a "bone" doctor (meaning, Chiropractor).

She continued saying that exercise could not really help until she fixed the "main problem", which she described was because that when she was born, her "spine" was not straightened at birth, although she was normal when she was still "swimming in the mummy's womb".

Hence this has caused her spinal cord to have problems from that time henceforth. Well, JC was the only child in her family who was born at home as her mother could not make it in time to the hospital, and hence, did not have a doctor to oversee her birth process... so that part is also left debatable on how her spinal problem actually occurred.

Apart from that, the TCM doctor also said that due to the nervous system, it was causing her to use up too much "energy in her blood"? which caused her to have slow recovery in cuts and wounds, and that is also shows up in her eczema.

So JC then went to see a Chiropractor, who is also chinese, was western trained (in Australia no less). On consultation, the doctor enquired why she came to see her when it was her skin problem she was asking about, and JC told the doctor that "I heard there was some connection between both, so I just wanted to confirm".

Anyways, to cut the story short...... the Chiropractor did some testing on pressure points, which confirmed that the same "no 7, 8, 9, and 10" of the spinal cord had some problems. When the Chiropractor pressed those points, JC complained that they hurt. JC protested that the doctor had pressed really hard, but the Chirocpractor merely replied that in patients who have a normal spinal cord condition, it would not hurt. 

Finally, in conclusion, the Chiropractor said that the spinal cord might be "touching" some part of the nervous system, which in turn may be causing issues with her exzema, and other parts of her nervous system which is causing her some many problems all this while. The Chiropractor merely confirmed what the  TCM doctor said, but in better English....

Then the Chiropractor wrote a prescription/letter for JC to go and get an X-ray done of her spinal cord. Without the x-ray, she would not be able to make any conclusive judgements. The fact that the Chiropractor had to write a letter for the X-ray displays the seriousness of the condition....

On that point, then JC related to me that during those times in previous years when she had gone to have acupuncture, as well as taken herbal medicine to "cool her insides"(yin medicine apparently), her skin had become much better in the aftermath. However it was costly, and now she realises that it does not cure the main problem her body displayed, but only gave temporary fixes or reduced some of the symptoms she had.

This is something really to think about. How often we do not think about how important our Nervous System is, nor the importance of our spinal cord, when it actually affects almost everything we experience, from skin problems, digestion problems, and even when we get into accidents.....


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