Meridian TherapyThe body contains a very intricate network of energy flows. There are 12 superficial channels (meridians) and a network of deeper channels that interconnect the 12 meridians. All of these channels have to be open and free-flowing to keep the body in balance energetically.
Imagine for a moment a perfectly round bubble. If you could keep the surface tension in perfect balance, it would never pop. Similarly, when the meridian energy is in perfect balance, it creates a protective shield around your body.
What upsets that energy balance? Well, it's a pretty long list: stress, pollution, allergies, infection, illness, emotional trauma, surgery, injury, spinal misalignment, cranial distortion and chemicals (whether prescription or otherwise.) The challenge is to diagnose the interrelationships in each individual case, since no two people are the same. At the RFHC, we use the Ryodaraku device which was developed by Dr. Nakatoni to specifically diagnose imbalances in the meridian system. It is as accurate as a Chi Qong master.
When the energy flows are blocked, they can back up and "overflow", creating pain along the meridian. Chronic blockage can actually result in a shutdown-no movement of any kind along the involved meridian. In western terms these people are the chronically ill.
In our practice, we combine acupressure and cold laser therapy to bring the body into balance and restore and maintain health (we never use needles.). Some of our most dramatic successes have involved healing after surgery, post-traumatic stress syndrome, insomnia, panic attacks and alleviating chronic pain patterns. For many people, having their meridians balanced at the first sign of illness shortens or minimizes the clinical course, and in some cases, averts the incipient illness completely. Others utilize a meridian treatment as a means of discharging the built-up stress during the workweek, keeping themselves in a positive state of balance. It is reported by some seasoned practitioners that meridian therapy is also effective in treating chemical addictions and infertility.
We integrate this ancient Eastern method of helping the body heal itself with more Western approaches to healing. In some instances, we use meridian therapy by itself. Whatever your need, we tailor the treatment program to fit your personal needs.
Is Your Doctor Dangerous to Your Health?The most serious threat to the health of the American public is the number of doctors who know they can never get well! Do you find that statement shocking? It would be a simple truth if you were talking to someone versed in Eastern healing practices: acupuncture, Five Element Theory, chi qong, etc.
The most basic difference between traditional Eastern medicine and Western medicine is a philosophical viewpoint. At the basis of natural healing is the importance of the doctor's outlook and beliefs.
Take for example the healing technique known as "chi qong" whereby seemingly miraculous events occur: paralyzed limbs move, "incurable" conditions reverse, and some people have been reported to levitate. Is there any possible explanation? The word "chi" means life force, or life energy. It is that intangible something that keeps every cell in your body working, for as long as you are alive. "Qong" simply means enthusiasm. In essence, the doctor heals by means of his life force and his enthusiasm (or belief) in the possible results. Intriguing, isn't it?
If we follow this through to its logical conclusion, we could say that healing is affected by the enthusiasm of both the patient and the doctor! And, that the doctor's enthusiasm is vital. Now, that has some pretty startling implications.
Think, if you will, for a moment about doctors trained in the Western medical model. From their textbooks, they know what to label your disease. From those same textbooks, they also know the "inevitable" course of the disease and, in many instances, the "fact" that it is incurable. Do you think they have any room to consider that you might, in fact, heal? How many times have you or someone you loved been given a prescription with the expectation that you will take that drug for the rest of your life? Behind that prescription is the assumption that your condition will never change: you will never get well! Common examples include asthma medications, cardiovascular drugs and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Given that all of these drugs are toxic (they all have serious side effects), what healthy person would take them for the rest of their lives?
In Eastern medicine, the approach is very different. The patient is important, not the name of her disease. For example, did you realize that by evaluating the body's meridian system it is possible to identify a pre-malignant condition? And, reverse it before the pathology develops! Of course, that's one of those outcomes you could never design a double-blind study to test. If the treatment is effective, cancer would not develop. And, is it ethical to allow a person to develop cancer if you have a possibility of stopping it in its tracks? So, instead of treating a disease, the patient is brought back into balance, restoring health.
I have come to believe very strongly that the most serious threat to the health of the American public is the number of doctors trained to know that they can never get well.
I was particularly made aware of this when my nephew was in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit a few years ago. None of the medical personnel could imagine him well. They all "knew" he had had multiple brain stem strokes. They "knew" his central nervous system was demyelinating (degenerating). Therefore, they "knew" his loss of function was inevitable and irreversible, that he would be in a wheelchair, unable to breathe on his own, for the rest of his life. Thank God that I "knew" differently! At least, I could entertain the possibility that the condition could reverse. And, it did. [see Celebrate a Miracle]
I had my mentors' and teachers' words ringing in my ears. Where will we find teachers to inspire enthusiasm and hope in our next generation of doctors? Chiropractic schools are teaching students to be low back pain mechanics; medical schools are teaching students to be whole body mechanics. I fear that the American cultural bias toward "scientifically reproducible" procedures is destroying the very essence of what health and healing is all about.
This is the largest reason why I have made a commitment to teach. Doctors have to be aware of what's possible before they can begin to help people get well.
Do yourself a favor. Seek out a doctor who believes in the body's nearly infinite healing potential. And, a doctor who is well-qualified in a variety of natural healing techniques. Give yourself the best opportunity to enjoy radiant optimum health. Contact the RFHC and make an appointment with Dr. Richards. Begin your journey to wellness.
Case ProfileCase Profile (Meridian Therapy)
"At 16, 1 had a bad car accident. In addition I was involved in a collision that knocked out my front four teeth. I saw an osteopathic doctor who made skeletal adjustments on my spine. Throughout high school and college, I was fine. At the age of 40, 1 had another accident. The left lower side of my back always hurt, my shoulder would lock up very easily, I had headaches, I was nervous and fatigued and I was easily angered. Within the next 12 years, I saw five different chiropractors. At times I was going 2 to 3 times per week with no permanent change. If I did anything, whether it was going to buy groceries or digging in my garden, I would always have to go back to ft chiropractor. I was always treated for the symptom and not the cause.
Then I met a PhD who referred me to Dr. Richards. The results have been like night and day. I feel like I did when I was 21 years old. Cranial therapy was the secret. Along with the nutritional support I have been receiving, the treatments I have been receiving from Dr. Richards have done away with all my pain. Unlike other doctors, she treated the cause and not just the symptom. The one thing in particular that I like about Dr. Richards is that she looks at the whole person, not just one aspect of him/her. The care that I receive is genuine. Also, the people who work at the RFHC are very special. There is an absolute concern for the whole person. You are never made to be stupid, no matter how small the complaint may be. Since coming to Dr. Richards, I feel younger than I have felt in years." --JC
It has been pure joy to work with J. C. and watch him heal. He is totally committed to being well and is willing to follow through by doing whatever it takes. --Dr. Richards
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