The superior cervical ganglia and the organs directly in front of it (the tonsils) have always been important in neural therapy. By "important", we mean they are common interference fields, and they also have far-reaching effects on the body's health.
The location, anatomy and proximity of these two structures give us some indication of why they are so important. The tonsils are located at the entry points of both the digestive and respiratory systems and play important roles in local and systemic immunity. The lymphoid tissues produce all classes of humoral (Ig) antibodies, and a wide variety of cytokines. That they affect systemic immunity is demonstrated by the observation that the risk of contracting polio during an epidemic tripled following tonsillectomy, especially if the tonsillectomy was recent. (Neural therapists should be intrigued that any sort of surgical procedure including vaccinations increases the risk of polio during an epidemic.)
The tonsils are innervated by the lesser palatine nerves (branches of the maxillary division of the trigeminal) and by the tonsillar branches of the glossopharyngeal nerves. Both sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves are present.
The superior cervical ganglia are arguably the most important autonomic ganglia in the body, located at the cephalad end of the sympathetic chains and involved in many head and neck structures, and in particular circulation to the brain. It is this connection that I want to draw attention to with the following case:
A 73 year‐old man presented with episodic weakness and fatigue for the previous three years. He and his wife also noticed that his memory had been "slipping" over the same period of time. The episodes of weakness lasted a few hours. As his father had had Alzheimer's disease, he was concerned about his deteriorating mental function.
Apart from some gastric reflux and a tendency to constipation he was in good health and was taking no medication. Past trauma was limited to a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and a cerebral concussion, both in childhood. He had "bad" headaches as a child and had low back ache all his life.
His general medical examination was unremarkable. A structural (osteopathic) examination showed severely restricted craniosacral motion of the temporal and ethmoid bones. Ayurvedic assessment of his radial pulses showed strong pulses in all regions except the Vatta pulse (the left upper third of his body). This indicated that an interference field would be present in the left head, neck or upper trunk. Autonomic response testing showed blocked regulation and an interference field in the left tonsillar area. (Energetic testing for a tonsillar interference field also includes the superior sympathetic ganglion ‐ They are too close to differentiate ‐ at least by me.)
From a practical standpoint the classical neural therapy treatment would by injection of a tonsil, followed by injection of the ganglion if the response was not satisfactory. See p.182 of my book. If treated energetically, e.g. by a Tenscam, the difference would not matter. Treatment would include both structures.
Before treating this patient, one noteworthy physical finding stood out. He was a thin man with a long neck and his carotid arteries were plainly visible. However on the left side no pulse could be seen, nor could it be palpated.
Treatment began with an osteopathic release of his cranial base, freeing both temporal bones and the ethmoid. This was followed by energetic treatment of the left tonsillar area. The immediate response was a return of the pulse in the left carotid artery and restoration of autonomic regulation.
Six weeks later the patient reported that he was feeling much better; he had only three "weak spells" and that he was stronger. However on examination his left Vatta pulse was still weak and an interference field could be found in the left tonsillar area. This was again treated with the Tenscam.
At three months he was further improved; he had no further weak spells; his energy had increased and his memory was improved. He was alert and was able to crack a joke. No interference field was found and his carotid pulse was normal.
What I found most interesting in this patient was the clearly visible change in the carotid pulse after treatment. It was not entirely clear if this was the result of the osteopathic treatment of the cranial base (which the carotid artery penetrates) or the treatment of the superior cervical ganglion (and/or tonsil), or perhaps a combination of both. In any case the patient's condition improved but did not clear up entirely until the tonsillar interference field was completely resolved.
Much more could be said about tonsils and their interference fields. However this case was a clear demonstration of its intimate connection with intracranial neurological function.
I have seen many Baker cysts in my practice. They are always related to knee dysfunction. And most of the time the knee problems are related to pelvic & tonsil interference fields. Most of the time neural therapy is so amazing to resolve this condition. Sometimes more than one treatment is necessary; and of course don't forget scars.
Orthopaedic surgeon & Neural Therapist.
Dr. Hans Barop's long awaited "Textbook and Manual of Neural Therapy" ‐ translated from the German 2nd edition (2015). This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive textbook on neural therapy in the English language. I will be reviewing this book in a future newsletter.
Robert F. Kidd, MD, CM