Monitor the progress of therapy easily using ear acupuncture points

Dr. med. Barbara Irmler, Medical Practitioner, Munich, Germany

Bioresonance offers sophisticated methods for detecting various types of intolerance – including pollen allergies and food intolerance – as well as stressors such as toxins, fungi, viruses and bacteria.

In daily practice we mostly treat patients who are chronically sick. Our naturopathic therapy is often seen as the “last resort” after all conventional methods (those covered by medical insurance) have been exhausted and failed to deliver a satisfactory outcome.

With chronically sick, often multimorbid patients we usually detect a whole range of different stresses and intolerances. Such findings are obtained using binary bioenergetic test methods: The tensor oscillates vertically or horizontally, testing as “yes” or “no”. In kinesiology the muscle tests as either strong or weak. When measuring with pulse diagnosis according to Nogier, the ACR is either positive or negative. These are in effect binary systems that can confirm whether a stress is present or not. The severity of a given disorder cannot, however, be determined using these methods.

The barrel model

The barrel model highlights clearly the interaction between different disturbance factors. This “barrel of life” often contains hereditary stress in the form of a sediment that can prove to be significant in the onset of illness (as is frequently the case with allergy sufferers). New stressors (or ‘rocks’ in our analogy) appear and accumulate over a person’s lifetime, eventually causing the barrel to overflow. This can occur at an early or later stage, depending on a person’s constitution. The patient will initially experience nonspecific sensory disorders such as fatigue, poor concentration or listlessness. This will subsequently lead to individual bouts of illness. If no action is taken to eradicate the stressors, acute ailments will become more frequent and eventually manifest as a chronic condition. In terms of the symptoms observed, the length of time a stress has been in the barrel is not crucial – when the right conditions are present, for example, a very old scar or a tooth exposed long ago to root canal treatment, or a food intolerance that has lain dormant for many years or stress from harmful substances can suddenly trigger a condition cybernetically.

To continue with this same analogy, mainstream medicine takes a cloth and cleans up the mess left by the barrel overflowing. With natural remedies, we try instead to establish which stressors or ‘rocks’ are present in the barrel and then try to fish these out.

Our barrel can contain rocks of various sizes, ranging from tiny pebbles to stones or maybe even huge boulders. Consequently, treatment will be all the more effective if the major disturbance factors can be detected, identified and eradicated. The temptation of course is just to remove the tiny pebbles from the barrel – but ultimately this will have little lasting effect.

Conversely, once the really huge boulders are taken out of the barrel, the body will regain the energy and immune response it needs to deal with any remaining problems by itself. This means of course that not everything detected during the initial examination will necessarily need to be treated. Ultimately, this is in any case near impossible since exposure to intolerant substances cannot always be avoided or therapy blocks such as dental foci and scars cannot always be eradicated permanently.

effects of stress factors on health
Effects of stress factors on health

This paper focuses on the weighting given to intolerant substances – disturbance foci per se (such as scars, joint blocks or dental foci) having already been discussed elsewhere.

A pragmatic stress therapy

When multiple intolerances or stresses are diagnosed, the first question is where do we start with treatment? Which stresses have priority? In practice, a decision is generally taken based on symptoms or empirical values. The Candida – milk – wheat trio normally figures high on the list of priorities.

Treatment often starts with Candida therapy, for instance. Showing remarkable selfdiscipline and restraint, the patient adopts a strict diet. Weeks of abstinence or avoidance lie ahead. Restrictions on attending social occasions such as meals out, visiting friends or attending family celebrations are all stoically accepted. Depending on the nature of the individual, he/she abides by the new regime either willingly or grudgingly. And it is entirely understandable too when a person placed on a diet wants to find out more about the course of treatment. Patients will ask “How far along am I in the treatment process?“, and, most importantly, “When can I start eating normally again?“ We can of course use one of our binary systems to detect whether the stress is still present or not. However, what we are unable to do is give an idea of the scale of any stress still present, in other words the size of the ‘rock’ left in the barrel. And this is where ear acupuncture can help us.

Ear acupuncture system

With ear acupuncture according to NOGIER we are able to rank a disturbance and/or intolerance. This makes the therapeutic process easier and allows us to assess how well treatment is progressing.

Ear acupuncture works with two types of points – points related to the organs and psychovegetative functions and those providing information about a focus or stressor.

All parts of the body are represented on the ear, just as on a map. To put it simply, in terms of organ relationships the structure of the ear resembles an inverted foetus (see Figure 2).

ear resembles an inverted foetus
Figure 2

A number of different examination techniques are used in auriculomedicine: the stirrup probe (pain on pressure), the point detector (measurement of skin resistance) or the Nogier reflex, also referred to as the auricularcardiac reflex (ACR), or Vascular Autonomic Sign (VAS)). The ACR is a pulse reflex mediated via the sympathetic nerve. It is usually palpated on the radial artery. It is triggered when a pathologically changed acupuncture point is examined.

For the purposes of today’s paper, we will focus on the ACR as a biophysical test method since it has equivalents in tensor technique and kinesiology.

Focus indicator points

The first person in Europe to describe ear acupuncture and the ACR, French physician Paul NOGIER, observed during his examinations that in those patients with a very strong disturbance focus the histamine point also tended to react electrically on examination. From this he concluded that detection of an active histamine point must indicate the presence of a strong disturbance focus. He referred to this point as a focus indicator point. Four other indicator points were subsequently detected in auriculomedicine (school according to BAHR), which highlighted different foci, each one a grade weaker than the other.

Thus auriculomedicine offers us a form of “alarm system” which not only gives a rapid overview of whether a focal disturbance is present or not, but also allows us to assess the severity of any given focus.

Indicator points 1 to 5 are also named after the substances used in their empirical examination and detection, based on the principle of local resonance: Type 1: Histamine, Type 2: Endoxan, Type 3: Prostaglandin E1 or in abbreviated format: PGE1, Type 4: Vitamin C, Type 5: Ginseng or Laterality. The points depend on whether a person is leftor righthanded. In a righthanded person, points 2 to 5 are on the right and the histamine point is on the left, and viceversa for lefthanded people. The histamine point (type 1) is found on the apex of the ear, the endoxan point (type 2) can be found in an extended line from the anthelix to the cheek, corresponding roughly to acupuncture point TW 21. Focus indicator point PGE1 (type 3) is positioned at the rear of the ear lobe near the insertion zone. The vitamin C indicator point (type 4) is approximately 2 cm above the apex of the ear, more or less on a level with the acupuncture point gallbladder 8. It indicates a relatively weak disturbance focus. The last indicator point – laterality or ginseng (type 5), lies approximately 3 cm in front of the tragus and corresponds to the laterality control point in ear acupuncture.

Focus indicator points

Extrapolated to the barrel model, the types of disturbance focus can be ranked and depicted as follows:

disturbance food hierarchy
Figure 4

Examination of indicator points

On the one hand, focus indicator points are used to test for disturbance foci as part of a focal diagnosis and, on the other hand, to rank the severity of the stress caused by intolerated substances.

Ear acupuncture practitioners use the ACR for this purpose. However, other biophysical test methods can also be used to investigate the indicator points, e.g. kinesiology or the tensor technique. Since we are testing for resonance effects, i.e. oscillation patterns, the outcome is the same whichever of these different measuring techniques is used.

If, for example, the tensor or kinesiology approach (i.e. the binary system) detects a food intolerance in a patient, the second stage of allocating it to one of the five indicator points will establish the extent of the stress for the patient in question.

Analogy of the biophysical test methods

During acupuncture, a strong ACR is detected when examining an “active”, i.e. electromagnetically changed point. This point may be a symptom point requiring treatment (e.g. nose point in sinusitis), a focus or a focus indicator point. Bioresonance therapy mostly uses tensor methodology or kinesiology depending on the practitioner’s preference or the nature of the questions being asked. Many examination techniques lend themselves more to kinesiology whilst others are more suited to the tensor method. The same outcome is reached even when different test methods are used, as discussed briefly below.

Kinesiology: case study: testing reveals muscle weakness on examining a stressed organ (e.g. intestine). The Candida ampoule also weakens the muscle – indicating the presence of fungal contamination. To find out whether there is a correlation between the two, the Candida ampoule is tested above the intestine. Based on the principle, “minus times a minus makes a positive”, the muscle now tests as strong. This leads to an indicator change. This type of examination is known as a cross test.

Tensor technique: the tensor oscillates up and down on testing a stressed organ: ↕, a similar result is seen when examining a focus or how well a given substance is tolerated. To establish whether the detected organ (e.g. paranasal sinuses ↕) is intolerant to milk (↕), test the milk ampoule on the paranasal sinuses. An indicator change is thus generated and the answer is positive (↔) if the assumed correlation is indeed present.

The focus indicator points can also be tested kinesiologically or by using the tensor method.

If a type 2 disturbance focus (endoxan) exists, for instance, then the following response is obtained on examining the indicator point:

•Strong RAC
•Tensor: ↨
•Kinesiology: muscle weakness

Allocation of stressor substances to the indicator points

As described earlier, an indicator point will react when a related disturbance focus is present or a substance exerts a debilitating effect on the body (e.g. toxin or intolerated food). This is known as the resonance effect. The disturbing substance and indicator point have the same electrical or electromagnetic frequency pattern. This allows us to allocate the debilitating substance under investigation precisely to a specific indicator point.

Thus in the same way that a focus in the patient’s body can be allocated to a focus indicator point, it is also possible to establish a hierarchy of the intolerated active substances, microorganisms or foodstuffs tested. We are all familiar with the fact that intolerated substances can trigger a variety of symptoms. The symptoms of birch pollen allergy, for instance, range from a mild cold to asthma attacks via general symptoms such as fatigue and lethargy. Subjects normally tolerate the birch pollen season and are glad when spring arrives.

In practice – Cross test performed on the ear

In practice, the test is carried out as follows.
The focus indicator points are tested in succession with the respective stress ampoule (e.g. milk). On resonance the muscle shows a strong reaction, the tensor oscillates positively (↔) or a stronger ACR is palpated. If the test substance resonates at the histamine point (disturbance focus type 1), the intolerance is highly significant. In the case of resonance with type 4 (vitamin C), the substance tested has only a minimally disturbing effect.

Finally, the allocation of a substance to a given disturbance focus type tells us how well the body is able to deal with the substance. Where no indicator point can be allocated, tolerance is present, i.e. the patient is able to tolerate the tested food or there is no intolerance.

The ultimate objective of treatment is clear
– the test substance should no longer react to any of the focus indicator points once tolerance has been restored.

The allocation of allergens, harmful substances or intolerated foods to the respective indicator points is used to assess whether treatment is required or would be beneficial.

Prioritising allergy treatment and detoxification

The option to rank different stressors makes it easier to decide which allergens should be treated first or whether detoxification or microbial decontamination is a priority. The indicator points are tested with the identified stress ampoule and allocation can be carried out.

Case study: stresses from wheat and protein were detected. To gauge the extent of the intolerance, we examine the focus indicator points with the test ampoules in succession. In this case, wheat tested on type 2 endoxan (strong muscle, tensor ↔) and protein on type 3 PGE1. This means that for this particular patient the wheatrelated stress has a greater energetic impact than the stress from protein. Consequently, treatment should start with wheat.

Treatment follow-up by testing the indicator points

In an ideal treatment scenario, a stress will weaken continuously. A histamine type disturbance focus (1) will drop, for instance, to type PGE1 (3) or vitamin C (4) and will be no longer detectable at the end of treatment. This helps the therapist assess how the course of treatment is progressing.

On the one hand, this method satisfies the patient’s desire to know how treatment is progressing whilst at the same time helping the practitioner to gauge whether the treatment plan is effective. Focus indicator points offer a great way of monitoring progress in the treatment of a food intolerance or the success of an elimination therapy.

As we have seen, methods taken from ear acupuncture can be incorporated very well in bioresonance therapy to make both diagnosis and treatment easier. By using the indicator points as a tool for establishing a hierarchy of priorities, we can effectively monitor how therapy is progressing and structure the treatment plan accordingly.


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