Dr. med. dent. Cornelia Wolschner, Berlin, Germany
As a dentist my naturopathic work has focused on diagnosing and treating focal and material stresses, craniomandibular dysfunction and metabolic disorders in the tooth, mouth and jaw area, frequently also as part of a dental consultation for allergy sufferers and patients with arthrosis, rheumatism, MS or cancer.
Meeting Sissi Karz at the 2008 Regumed Congress gave me the impetus to examine once again in more detail her text “Nutrient balance and allergies”, and nutrient points in particular. I had read it with interest some years previously due to its detailed portrayal of the functional connections in the metabolism, yet nutrient points’ numerous benefits for practical work with patients only became accessible to me when I applied them systematically. They provide beneficial support in daily work with patients not only in connection with allergies but they also represent an additional diagnostic and therapeutic option for a variety of metabolic reactions.
I should like therefore to tell you about my experiences with nutrient points, or NPs for short, and encourage you to use them.
We all benefit from the valuable work which Sissi Karz has undertaken for bioresonance therapy in connection with programs, as again with the new developments for the BICOM® BICOM optima®. But she has also developed good treatment methods involving various naturopathic fields in her many years spent working with patients.
She found out about the nutrient points over 20 years ago when examining the connection between allergies and intolerance and nutrition and the environment as well as the resulting influences on nutrient balance and metabolism.
The first NPs were described by the American physician Ridler who listed them as projection zones for orthomolecular substances and tested them using kinesiology. Karz was able to confirm most NPs. In some cases she found the location to be different and, over the years, discovered a number of additional points as topographical zones for nutrients, trace elements or metabolic products and also drew up recommendations for therapy.
Karz’ theory for the origin of metabolic disorders
She established the following connections from examining numerous patients:
- Illness can arise as an abnormal response by the body to external influences due to internal nutrient deficiency or oversupply.
- Deficiency due to insufficient supply of a substance or it not being utilised fully.
- Overloading of the body by supplying a substance for too long or in excessive amounts leads to a defensive reaction: excretion or deposition in tissue instead of absorption and utilisation, which leads to an (apparent) functional deficiency and is partly compensated by analogous substances which can then be in short supply. Consequently there are often typical combinations of abnormal points.
- Identifying and treating these abnormal NPs helps reveal this nutrient imbalance and restore orderly metabolism.
Presenting nutrient points or NPs
Explanation of the points
80 topographical areas for vitamins, minerals, trace elements and metabolically active substances have currently been described. Topography is only clearly related to function in certain cases such as vitamin A on the eye, Se and Hg on the thyroid, HCl and pepsin on the upper abdomen.
There are also several points on the back of the body, in contrast to the familiar diagram in the computer manual. See figures 1 and 2 on the two following pages.
So, as well as the familiar vitamins and minerals, you will also find Unusual points for uncommon substances:
- Protein, RNA
- Chlorophyll (O2), CO2
- Ammonia, hydrogen, sulphur, pancreatic juices, bile acid
- B13 (orotic acid), B15 (pangamic acid), fumaric acid, inositol, vit. F (fatty acids), vit. P (flavonoid)
- Also toxic trace elements (Hg, Ars, Pb, thallium, cadmium, barium, bismuth, lithium) and radioactive substances
It can be seen from this list that testing NPs offers more than just a diet planner for allergy sufferers or a guide for prescribing orthomolecular preparations.
Some of them are metabolism indicators:
Acute and chronic point as superordinate regulation points:
- Right acute inflammatory: allergic episode, increased excretion
- Left chronicdegenerative: sluggish metabolism, incomplete utilisation, deposition
- Points linked to protein metabolism:
RNA: metabolism in cell nucleus, protein synthesis
- Protein point: linked in particular to animal protein, deficiency, foodstuffs which have gone off, decomposition, inflammation, dental foci! (ostitis, mercaptan, thioether), pollen allergy, inoculations
- Pepsin and hydrochloric acid (indirectly also hydrogen and chlorine)
- Methionine: sulphurous amino acid, precursor to taurine, cysteine, glutathione, detoxification of heavy metals, degradation of histamine, etc.
- Sulphur: molecular element for amino acids etc., connective tissue, detoxification
- Ammonia: protein degradation, acid base balance, kidney function, diabetes
- Fumaric acid (urea synthesis, tyrosine degradation, galenicals: fumarates)
- Orotic acid B13: nucleic acid synthesis, galenicals: e.g. Ca, Znorotate
Points linked to lipometabolism:
- Vitamin F (fatty acids), amaroid and fatty acid point, bile acid point, lecithin point (fatty acids are essential for cholesterol and fatsoluble vitamins A, E, D, K)
Control zone for carbohydrate metabolism:
- Chromium point
- Pancreatic juices
Water balance, acid/base:
- Hydrogen point: water balance, citrate cycle (also test H and Cl points with hydrochloric acid point
- Potassium, sodium
- Iron (needs as cofactors: vitamin C, B6, B12, Mg, Zn, Ni, Mo)
- Chlorophyll: O2 deficiency, smoker, fatigue
- CO2: asthma, following anaesthetic
- Multivitamins: allergies, intolerance or food supplements not fully utilised
Nutrient points colour code for greater clarity
Vitamins green, minerals blue, trace elements red, protein metabolism yellow, other metabolically active intermediate products brown and turquoise, radioactive substances grey (I believe ammonia and sulphur would be better depicted brown than red)
Indicators for radiation exposure:
- B12 (cyanocobalamin): is also cobalt point, contamination with chemical and radioactive substances, through exposure to Xrays
- Barium: trace element with role as catalyst, citrate cycle, Xray contrast agent, baryte against radiation exposure
- Caesium, rhodium, radon, strontium
- Bismuth: bismuth D6 against mucosal damage from chemotherapy
Trace elements / heavy metals /alloying metals:
Superordinate trace element point and single points trace element versus environmental toxin: balance between metabolismpromoting and toxic effect: Cr, Co, Mo, Sn, Al, Bor, Lith., Se, bismuth, Van, Ars, Bar
- Fluorine: trace element for bones, supporting tissue, teeth: antagonist to Ca!
- Hg, lead, cadmium, thallium: through environmental contamination
- Platinum: alloying metals (rarely abnormal), chemotherapy with cisplatin
Practical procedure for testing
Palpation of the area may be painful or elicit a dull numb feeling if the relevant substance is disturbed.
The points are tested using kinesiology with the patient or therapist touching the point being tested.
Reaction in the case of disruption:
A. Testing NPs of physiological substances:
Generally W (weak, test muscle
- mostly deficiency, caused by
insufficient supply or impaired
- occasionally H (hyper reaction, test muscle is rigid and cannot be weakened by sedating at meridian sedation point):
- possibly considerable excess, intolerance following longterm exposure or to high levels
Control test to check whether test response in this area of the body can be ascribed to the NP: Substance or therapy program cancels out the test response
B. Testing NPs of unphysiological substances (e.g. Hg):
W or H depending on stimulus situation
Homeopathic potency or antidote
cancels out test response
Identifying the points
The control test makes it easier to determine the points reliably.
If the test response can be cancelled by a specific therapeutic stimulus: the assigned bioresonance frequency, orthomolecular substance or homeopathic potency?
Reliably assigning an area which tests abnormally to an NP requires it to be critically differentiated from other points.
The most important aspect of differential diagnosis here is to distinguish acupuncture points, especially the alarm points, the conception vessel as well as neurolymphatic reflex points “NL” and projection zones of organs “TL [test and therapy location]”. In some cases these points are very close together or overlap one another.
It is interesting to consider whether there might be a thematic link when points coincide with the position of points from other systems.
Coincidence with other points
Riboflavin, Chlorophyll = NL Subclavius= KI 27 (energy balance/Switch) Acidophilus, vit. B12, chlorine, bismuth = NL zone rectus femoris
Iodine = CV (conception vessel) 21
Rhodium = CV 17 (AP (acupuncture point)
Methionine =NL pect. min. = CV 16
Q10 = CV 15 ! (passing place for GV
(governing vessel), affects solar plexus)
Phosphorus = CV 7 (AP lower TW)
Molybdenum = GV 26 – 27
RNA = TL pituitary gland = GV 24
Vitamin B1, bromine – next to GV 20
Nickel = GV 19
Bile acid = GV 16
Aluminium, antimony = GV 10
(acceptance point GV/CV)
Tungsten = GV 1 –2
B5, folic acid = GB (gallbladder) 1. B5 iscofactor of GB 1 (Tracy Gates, osteopath,U.K.)
Vitamin C, vit. E = NL neck flexors andneck extensors
Niacin, silicea = ST 19 region and 1 ICR
under LV 14
Niacin= NL pect. maj. stern. and popliteus
Inositol, sulphur = ST 15
Chromium, amaroids = LV 13
Do all the NPs need testing? The “acute and chronic” regulation points should always be included in testing and treated as well.
Karz method for allergies: Test all points. After treating abnormal regulation point check again; only NPs which still test after treating the superordinate tissue point are treated.
Obviously you can also test selectively according to the problem.
Short method: Test in relation to the indication following the patient’s history and symptom position, also taking into account function chains and interaction between substances as well as Karz’ detailed indication lists which offer a great deal of interesting information.
Important function chains
- Iron: supported by Cu, vit. A, B2, B6, C; inhibited by Ca, Zn, Mn, P, vit. E, Fe/ vit. B2/Mo enzymes
- Cofactors and function chains: B12/folic acid etc. necessary for synthesising methionine from homocysteine
- Antagonistic pairs: K/Na, Cu/Zn, Ca/Mg, Ca/P, Ca/Zn, Fe/Zn, vit. B1/ methionine
- B6 increases absorption and utilisation of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Zn, B3, B12 and vit. C, i. e. check these points as well, if necessary, in the case of B6 deficiency
Vitamin B2, B6, folic acid needed for synthesising vit. B3 from tryptophane
- Fatsoluble vitamins: A, D, E, K need sufficient unsaturated fatty acids (vit. F), pancreatic juices and bile acids for absorption
Some useful indication lists
- Factors for bone metabolism: Ca, P, Mg, Mn, Bor, vit. D, vit. K, Van,
- Factors for periodontia: vitamin A, B6, C, E, P; folic acid, quercetin, Q10, Zn, Se, Ca, Mg, Mn, Cr, Van, Mo, Fe, Cu, Phos, iodine, silicea
- Oral mucosa: folic acid, Se, Zn, vit. A, C, E, Q10, bioflav. (vit. P), antimony
- Dental foci, purulent inflammations: protein point, RNA, sulphur, silicea
- Blood clotting: Ca, vit. K!, phos, Mg
- Tendency to haemorrhage: vit. C, K, P, Cu, phos, lecithin
- Marcumar patients: test abovementioned points, almost always treat vit. K point
- Disturbance in mineralisation, caries: Ca, phos, F, Mo, Van, silicea, vit. C, trace element point!
- Pollen allergy: protein, RNA, vit. Afunction: protein (tyrosine), iodine!, Se!, Cu, Zn, Fe, vit. B6, fatty acids
- Disruptive factors: allergy, intestinal dysbacteria, scars, foci
- Interactions with allergies – cause or result of nutrient deficiencies or imbalance (silicea deficiency with wheat/gluten intolerance, calcium deficiency with milk allergy, etc.)
- (Side) effect of medication: Potassium loss through laxatives; vit. K deficiency through Marcumar, controlling blood clotting versus risk of osteoporosis through insufficient osteocalcin formation
- Interaction between trace elements and materials (e.g. alloys), balance between positive and toxic effect (Cr, Mo, Sn, Al, Bor, etc.)
- Clarifying toxic stress, activating excretion, adaptation Heavy metals, environmental toxins(Hg, Pb, Ars, Cadm, Thall, etc.)
Metal alloys, titanium, nickel
At the points
It is important always to be aware that it is not the point that should be treated but disturbed regulation at a point. Bioresonance therapy with specific frequencies (listed in the manual) has proved beneficial here.
Therapy programs have been found for most NPs. However programs have not yet been developed for titanium and palladium.
We find the programs throughout the entire frequency range customarily used from 10 Hz (H+Di) in prog. 211 for vit. D (which is also the chronic degenerative lung meridian program, amongst other things) to 139 kHz (H) for prog. 829 for antimony and pancreatic juices and in all types of therapy, even purely Ai or Di programs.
There are exclusive programs such as progs. 831 – 835. For some NPs programs are meridian programs (230, 240, 251, 310, 311, 320, 360, 391) or large multiregulatory programs (530, 900, 910). Only for vit. K are there two programs: 823 (H+Di) and 549 (H), which are useful for marcumar and osteoporosis patients. The program for the NP trace elements 510 is also indicated for toothache. I occasionally also treat this point with dental problems and also check through the individual trace elements if necessary.
I use the input and output as described in the computer manual. With A and H programs the appropriate substance can be used in the input cup, after testing, e.g. NP iodine with program 311 (A 18), iodum D3 or NP vit. B complex with program 240 (H 0.5) with vit. B preparation.
Stimulating the points manually only acts as an aid; it does not have a lasting effect.
Karz describes using quartz sticks, precious stones and oils to massage patients. However I have no personal experience of this.
Karz also gives recommendations for nutrition which may certainly be very helpful yet which do not produce a rapid effect, especially when it is not a case of genuine deficiency but rather of a substance not being utilised properly.
In this context substitution should also be viewed critically. It may make sense to eliminate a genuine deficiency or to support certain metabolic responses by increasing the supply, especially if absorption and utilisation are stimulated by treating the points. But for me an important new aspect arises in orthomolecular therapy with the idea that a functional deficiency is possibly not attributable to inadequate supply but to incomplete utilisation, even to deposition of a store which cannot be utilised. Consequently it fits in totally with my homeopathically trained understanding to stimulate the body in its absorption and metabolisation of substances before or instead of substituting substances.
- If necessary, after treating the points if the normal muscle tone achieved by treating the NP is maintained when testing with the substance
- Caution! Do not substitute if the normal muscle tone achieved through therapy is cancelled by the substance. In this case there is already “excess”
- Not too long, not too high without following up
- Note cofactors. Possibly better to give in combination but sparingly rather than mixing complexes in a nonspecific manner
- Natural substances better than synthetic as utilised better through biodiversity (carotinoids, bioflavonoids, vit. E, etc. are less diverse when produced synthetically)
Patients for whom treating nutrient points brought about the crucial successful result.
Pregnant patient with highly acute inflammation in tooth 46 for 2 weeks, occurred concomitantly with unfavourable obstetric presentation. Could not be treated due to violent pain.
Tooth 46 = large intestine meridian (Voll), TW (Eversaul/Karz), link to female genitalia especially the ligaments of the uterus (Buchmann’s homeopathic case history), double TL i.e. relationship in kinesiological test tooth 46 / NP Mn, normal muscle tone at manganese point with manganum D30. Therapy BRT at NP manganese program 310 and meridian decoupling 46/TW program 271 (see Karz, Tooth meridian table, in appendix to this paper).
Rapid reduction in pain. The patient could already be treated without difficulty the next day.
Patient with pain in patella. Generalised hypertension, stress, frequent muscle cramps, also cramp in hamstring and rectus when tested, magnesium taken regularly without any marked effect.
Mg and Ca point stimulated (prog. 570, 580), cramp rapidly reduced with lasting effect.
This eliminated pain in knee.
Patient following chemo and radiotherapy for breast cancer, CFS, lack of energy with fatigue, shivery, mitochondriopathy (!), high doses of Q10 for 2 months with no effect, Q10 point painful (!)
One BICOM® therapy session and daily self
stimulation before taking Q10.
Temperature regulation (!) and energy improved after several days.
Patient following breast cancer (chemo and radiotherapy), longstanding low selenium level, several attempts at substitution interrupted due to nausea even after taking preparations which had tested fine, selenium point fairly painful for many years– vague sore throat!
Cefasel taken without any complications following BRT, throat no longer “sore”.
Patient with PCP, allergies, amalgam contamination, shivering (!), low Zn and Cu lab results, substitution had no effect, testing medication for amalgam elimination unsuccessful as no substance achieved normal tone.
Treating Zn and Cu point produces warm feeling in patient, possible to test out elimination (NAC, Chlorella, wild garlic).
Patient with chronically low iron levels despite prolonged substitution which she does not tolerate well, inguinal hernia scar which still interfering.
BICOM® therapy with prog. 927 and 800.
Iron preparation is tolerated, lab test and clinical health good.
Patient with burning sensation on the tongue, dry mouth, reddening of oral mucosa, dry nose, eyes and trigeminal neuralgia which arose after eye surgery and operation on maxillary sinus.
Trigeminus quickly improves following BRT therapy, pain point at outer corner of eye persists: B5 point! Patient has been taking vit. B complex for several weeks, so far without improvement.
After therapy (B5 and B complex points) vit. B complex taken with positive effect, pain point in eye and burning sensation on tongue quickly improve.
Patient with very unbalanced diet due to multiple allergies and intestinal surgery, menopausal symptoms, chronic shoulder pain at vit. E point.
BRT program for vit. E (prog. 251) as from Voll’s chronic degenerative allergy vessel. Ca and Zn points also positive.
Shoulder painfree within one week after treating the three points and taking vit. E.
Patient with PCP, dysmenorrhoea, allergies.
Test, therapy Indicated vit. E medication difficult due to nausea, only low dosed ratiopharm preparation tolerated, vit. E point tests weakly, treating point wit prog. 251also cancels the hormonal test results!
All findings markedly improved and no problem taking vit. E preparation after two BRT sessions with prog. 251.
Patient following breast cancer, chemo and radiotherapy, radiation damage: exophthalmia, skin irritation with acne, gastric irritation with nausea, weakness, dizziness, MCS, reaction to dental material, burning sensation on tongue, all symptoms of vit. B deficiency, but substitution intensifies nausea and pimples!
W (weak): NP for B1, B2, B5, B6, B12. B12 cobalamin contains cobalt, also indicator for radiation exposure, NP at costal arch is continuous pain point, touching it causes spontaneous nausea and abdominal pain.
1 BRT session on NP B12 (28 kHz, A 1.05 with Pascoe vit. B complex).
Next day no more abdominal symptoms, but very weak over following days, vit. B complex tolerated without any reaction; still W. when checked: NP of B2, B12, vit. B complex tests fine and is accepted by patient.
Reduction in feeling of weakness after 1 BRT session on vit. B2 point (riboflavin, 52 kHz, Di 0.45)!
Patient with recurrent pancreatitis, 4 weeks after acute episode, highly acute apical periodontitis in tooth 26 (ST/SP meridian) could not be treated due to severe pain following ineffective anaesthetic.
Lat. dorsi. test muscle right W, left H (hyperreactive); NC (normal tonus challenge) with TL at 26, orthomolecular: pancreatic formula, TL at NP pancreatic juices!, DTL (double therapy localisation) 26 / NP pancr.: scar interference fields navel piercing and endoscopy scar after gallbladder surgery; patient has felt unwell
for months: recurrent toothache, weakness, feeling of infection, cervical spine block. Meridian therapy on the tooth, NP therapy on the navel, scar therapy.
General improvement next day, possible to treat tooth.
Patient with extreme bruxism, been receiving psychotherapy and neurological and osteopathic treatment for years, “fetish for occlusal splints”, according to patient history many years of Cola light abuse 2 – 3 l/day.
Following NPs test abnormal: phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, vit. B complex.
Two BRT therapy sessions.
Afterwards psychological relief at the nutrient points, sleeps better, feels fine with a simple soft night splint and appropriate response to osteopathic treatment.
What is the value of NPs?
For me testing and treating the NPs represents a valuable addition to other diagnostic and therapeutic measures which occasionally offers quick access to specific problems.
If you would like to study the subject in more detail, I can recommend Sissi Karz’ text in which numerous links are comprehensively presented and in which I keep finding quite astonishing “gold nuggets”.
Sissi Karz: Nährstoffhaushalt und Allergien – Ausgleichen von NährstoffFehlverwertungen und Regulation von StoffwechselErkrankungen [Nutrient balance and allergies – compensating for incorrect utilisation of nutrients and regulating metabolic disorders], available from Regumed.
Garten and Weiss: Systematische Störungen – Problemfälle lösen mit Applied Kinesiology [Systematic disturbances – solving problem cases with applied kinesiology], Elsevier, Munich 2007.
W. Gerz: Lehrbuch der Applied Kinesiology [Textbook of Applied Kinesiology], AKSEVerlag 1996.
M. R. Werbach: Nutriologische Medizin [Nutriological medicine], Hädecke Verlag 1999.