By Dr. med. dent. Fritz Kramer
From Neural Therapy, Reflex Zones and Somatotopies: A Key to the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Understanding of Man’s Ills, a seminar guide compiled by the American Academy of Biological Dentistry, June 1989
It has been a popular belief that there is some interrelation between [the] maxillo-dental region and [the] whole organism. In rural areas, a canine tooth is often called “tooth of the eye,” and a lower wisdom tooth, “tooth of the ear,” as it may repeatedly be observed that diseases of these teeth affect the corresponding sense organs.
Clinical medicine can explain this only by pointing to the anatomic vicinity.
Electro-acupuncture, however, provides an explanation proved by electric measuring. Permit me to go into details of this method and its fundamental principles.
Electro-acupuncture was developed by R. Voll and his assistants. It is based on three keystones:
- clinical medicine
- electronics and
- the old Chinese custom of acupuncture
Clinical medicine provides the necessary knowledge for every serious doctor.
Electronics places the technical equipment, i.e., the electro-acupuncture appliance, at the disposal of the doctor or dentist practising with electro-acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the basis for electro-acupuncture. It is one of the oldest methods of diagnosis and therapy. Developed more than 3000 years ago by doctors in old China, it is still applied in many countries all over the world. Acupuncture is used mainly in Asia. When the political relationship between China and Russia was different, however, hundreds of Russian doctors were trained as acupuncturists. Russian doctors trained in China are now practising both traditional medicine and acupuncture. They soon realised that they obtained therapeutical results much better than [those] of “traditional” medicine or acupuncture alone. In Europe, acupuncture is a widespread therapy mainly in France, and there are plans to remunerate for it in case of adequate indication by “Securité sociale” (comparable to the “Sozialkrankenversicherung” in Western Germany).
As a method of diagnosis and therapy, acupuncture is based on the following principle: functioning of human organs and cells is regulated not only by a vasal and a nervous system but also by an energetic one. Doctors in ancient China found out empirically that energy flows through the body on special conducts called “meridians” (channels). Blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerves may be rather easily traced anatomically, whereas the Chinese meridians cannot be exposed by the anatomist. We are, however, able to give evidence of their existence, as you will see later.
There are 12 of these meridians in Chinese acupuncture. They are named after the organ from which they principally receive their energy:
- Lung Channel of Hand-Taiyin
- Large Intestine Channel of Hand-Yangming
- Stomach Channel of Foot-Yangming
- Spleen Channel of Foot-Taiyin
- Heart Channel of Hand Shaoyin
- Small Intestine Channel of Hand-Taiyang
- Urinary Bladder Channel of Foot-Taiyang
- Kidney Channel of Foot-Shaoyin
- Pericardium Channel of Hand-Jueyin
- Sanjiao Channel of Hand-Shaoyang
- Gall Bladder Channel of Foot-Shaoyang
- Liver Channel of Foot-Jueyin
All these channels are paired - one for the left, one for the right side of the body.
An example of the course of such a meridian can be see in Fig. 1 (Stomach Channel). This channel is of particular importance for dentists because it carries the measuring points for the maxillary and mandibular-lateral teeth region.
Besides the meridians, there are two conducts running in the middle of the body and are therefore unpaired. They are called:
- Du (Back Midline) Channel and
- Ren (Front Midline) Channel (Fig. 2).
All meridians are linked by so-called “secondary channels” and thus influence energetically all organic and tissue systems of [the] human organism.
The most important secondary channel for the dentist lies within the range of orbicularis oris musculus.
In the course of all merdians and secondary channels you can find punctiform cutaneous areas characterised by a cutaneous resistance which is significantly low compared to adjoining areas. In acupuncture, they are called “acupuncture points” (AP) and electro-acupuncture, “measuring points” (MP).
Measuring points are largely organ-specific. It is therefore possible - via meridians and their measuring points - to control organs and tissue systems individually for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons.
Although acupuncture has undoubtedly been rather successful, one handicap is its mere empirical operation. Long initial periods and uncontrollable sources of error - especially with beginners - are the result. The fact that acupuncture has spread to a much larger extent in Asia than in Europe is, in my opinion, due to its empirical functioning. Twentieth century Central Europeans are guided scientifically, and they give preference to methods which can be measured, controlled, and reproduced. At any rate, only such methods are accepted as “scientifically unobjectable.” It is therefore owing to the German doctor R. Voll and his assistants that acupuncture can be “measured” by means of an electric apparatus. They have removed it from the empirical sector. In more than 20 years, electro-acupuncture (EAP) has so emerged, and it has become a method of diagnosis and therapy which allows holism in its true sense. Doctors and dentists intensively concerned with EAP have joined forces in two societies:
- The “Internationale Medizinische Gesellschaft für Elektroakupunktur nach Voll e.V.” with its office in Richard-Wagner-Str. 5, D-7310 Plochingen am Neckar
- The “Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft für Bioelektronische Funkionsdiagnostik und Therapie e.V.” with the office in Kneippstr. 12, D-8939 Bad Wörrishofen
Doctors and dentists are offered different electro-acupuncture appliances for their diagnostic and therapeutical work. For the dentist in particular, the “Forschungsgemeinschaft für Biophysik” (FfB), Ostendstr. 161, D-8500 Nürnberg, has developed the “Electro-acupuncture Appliance 301.”
Its functions are:
- Diagnosis by means of ordinary cable, stylus, and a low-pressure electrode.
- Four-sector diagnosis and therapy.
- Therapy at a frequency stability of 10 Hertz.
- Smooth intensity control.
Frontplate and handles are clearly arranged. Automatic calibration and push-button safeguard control permit easy handling of the appliance. Nevertheless, this is not a magic apparatus but a device for those doctors and dentists who want to determine the energetic interplay between illness and health in order to make a diagnosis and to start a therapy whose extent and effects are under control at any time. Electro-acupuncture is of a special importance to dentists as it enables us to measure and verify the energetic interrelations between [the] maxillo-dental region and [the] organism, which is particularly important for patients under suspicion of odontogenous foci. Many methods have been developed to localize a focus (jodometric and other lab tests). These methods have proved unsatisfactory because the focus could not be measured exactly. Focal assanation therefore remained insufficient, since specific and successful therapy must be based on exact diagnosis.
The use of electro-acupuncture, however, throws a new light on focal assanation, offering new prospects and possibilities. Voll found out that, e.g., a focus in the maxillo-dental region not only affects a locus minoris resistentiae somewhere in [the] organism, but:
- foci in certain maxillo-dental regions prefer affecting certain organs and tissue systems;
- affected organs and tissue regions in return have an impact on resistance and defensive force of the energetically related maxillo-dental regions.
A survey of these interrelations can be seen in Fig. 4.
They cannot only be registered by measuring techniques but can also be verified in daily practice by comparing anamnesis and clinical or x-ray diagnosis.
The relations between [the] maxillo-dental region and [the] organism are so close because not only Back and Front Midline Channel are directly connected with the head region but also many other channels (cf. Fig. 2 [above]). The meridians (energetic pathways) of the gastrointestinal tract are primarily in conjunction with the oral cavity. Note that the measuring points of the lateral teeth region are found on the Stomach Channel. In the front teeth region, things are slightly different. A so-called “circular channel” runs within the area of musculus orbicularis oris and, as secondary channel, is connected with the other great organs of the body. Thus, the front teeth region is particularly related to the:
- hepatocystic resp....
- urogenital system.
All this was known to the medical men of old China. Voll and his assistants, however, were able to illuminate the interrelations and make distinctions between the individual odontons.
Today we know that a single tooth, resp. the corresponding toothless jaw region, e.g., is related to a specific region of the spinal column. With the measuring technique of electro-acupuncture, a specific relation between teeth and different joints could also be registered. A survey of all main interrelations was already given in Fig. 4. Let me explain the practical importance by means of an example:
A right lower tooth no. 6 with apical osteitis, e.g., primarily disturbs the energy exchange in the Large Intestine Channel because no. 6 lies within the range of this meridian. If a patient complains of chronic painful defication (e.g., constipation), and if he has a focal manifestation of no. 6 right low, an internist will hardly have a lasting therapeutic result. He will repeatedly suffer a relapse as long as the chronic pathological process at no. 6 continuously disturbs the energy of the close energetic interrelationship between [the] front teeth region and urogenital system (cf. survey, Fig. 4 [above])
Past experience has shown that chronic organ diseases are manifested in the mouth mainly by:
- local gingivitis
- more exposed dental necks at single teeth, and/or
- loosening of single teeth without a noticable malarticulation.
From these local disturbances in the mouth, we, as dentists, are able to draw certain conclusions about disturbances in the rest of [the] organism and - to a limited extent - make “oral diagnostics.” Patients will be grateful if we are able to have them examined or even treated by a competent specialist as result of our observations. Of course, the dentist has to treat local defects, such as projecting coronae, fillings that are too high, and the like, beforehand, and he is not allowed to hold energetic disturbances exclusively responsible for everything!
Let me reiterate: There is a close interrelation between the individual odontons and the rest of the organism via meridians if there have been continuous pathologic processes over a longer period which may have become chronic and - as a result - have disturbed the flow of energy. Pathologic processes in the maxillo-dental region (such as apical osteitis) cause remote action and disturb functioning of energetically related organs. Cf. Fig. 4 [above]. Chronically inflamed organs in their turn irritate related odontons and cause chronic morbid change (isolated sacs, bare dental necks, etc.) in the maxillo-dental region. As dentists, this is of diagnostic and therapeutic importance to us, as we are shown by these energetic interrelations that the dentist may not only be concerned with dental and oral diseases. Since the maxillo-dental region is part of the whole organism, the dentist will be able to assist his colleagues of other medical disciplines by carefully directed work, especially in the case of chronic diseases, and patients will be cured more quickly, better, and more persistently by this teamwork based on a common energetic way of thinking.
On the other hand, some failures for which the dentist has been held responsible without justification become clear: I'm just thinking of a bridge on 5-8, which had been well articulated and which had caused no trouble in the beginning until the patient fell sick with chronic gastroduodenitis. The anchorage teeth were loosened and had to be sacrificed in the end because of deep vertical low atrophies.
Today, I know the reason for that: No. 5 and no. 8 are closely related energetically with stomach and small intestine, and by the chronic gastroduodenitis, the odontons -5 and -8 were energetically undernourished in the course of time.
Ladies and gentlemen: You will be wondering how we, as doctors and dentists using electro-acupuncture, came to these scientific findings.
The answer is this: A number of electro-acupuncturists (doctors and dentists) have worked together, measuring many patients. It is beyond the scope of this paper to explain the measuring technique exactly, although it is really interesting. You have to know something, however: There are six specific measuring points for the maxillo-dental region (Fig. 5):
- Measuring point right upper jaw for 8765/ is the 7th measuring point of the right Stomach Channel
- Measuring point middle upper jaw for 4321/1234 is the 25th measuring point of the Back Midline Channel
- Measuring point left upper jaw /5678 is the 7th measuring point of the left Stomach Channel
- Measuring point right lower jaw for 8765/ is the 8th measuring point of the right Stomach Channel
- Measuring point middle lower jaw 4321/1234 is the 24th measuring point of the Front Midline Channel
- Measuring point left lower jaw /5678 is the 8th measuring point of the left Stomach Channel
Via these six measuring points of the jaw, the energy exchange in the maxillo-dental region can be measured and a diagnosis of pathologic processes can be made.
Energy Exchange and Caries
By measuring these points and comparing them with the organic measuring points, I was able to discover, e.g., in a series of experiments with more than 200 patients, that the “epidemic” disease caries is not only a result of
- careless brushing of teeth,
- formation of acidity in plaque, especially after excessive consumption of sweets, destroying the enamel,
- or insufficient eating of hard food and inadequate mastication.
My experiments have shown that caries is, in the first rate, not locally determined; it originates rather in chronic disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract, primarily which - in my opinion - are due to a predominant consumption of denatured food containing too little vital substance. As a result, the intestinal flora is changed and the functioning of the intestine is disturbed.
This leads to a total disorder in the energetic system of the intestine and, in consequence, to a rapid affection of the hard dental substance. As proof, I make mention of, e.g., the Eskimos who became susceptible to caries only after taking to the primarily denatured food of Western civilization.
Let me finish with an example showing you the importance of knowing the energetic interrelations between [the] maxillo-dental region and [the] whole organism: During the war, my wife was working in a Munich university hospital where she got infected with typhoid fever. She was not treated thoroughly because of heavy air-raid damage. My wife's intestinal tract got more and more irritable through the years, and the complaints were constantly growing. In the end, she was unable to eat fruits and fresh vegetables; only light cooked fare. Later, when I had learned diagnosis by electro-acupuncture, I discovered that her displaced wisdom tooth (left below) was massively interfering with her small intestine. I removed the wisdom tooth and applied a concomitant focal therapy. Today, my wife can eat practically everything again.
I took this example as a conclusion as it shows that energetic diagnosis by means of electro-acupuncture can be a key in the hands of doctors and dentists to get indistinct problems under control. It also shows that chronic local processes (foci) in the maxillo-dental region may not exclusively be made responsible for everything since only summation of all factors such as
- typhoid fever not treated thoroughly,
- war-time nourishing,
- and the impacted wisdom tooth as focus
brought about my wife’s alarming state of health.
Let us therefore, as dental practitioners, take care that our patients are not burdened additionally with measures in the dental practice.
Ladies and Gentlemen!: This can be effected by means of electro-acupuncture (i.e., diagnosis via energy exchange of [an] organism) very much better than with the former clinical methods alone. I would be glad if I’ve succeeded in direction your attention to these new and supplementary possibilities of diagnosis and therapy in our special field.
In short: Based on Chinese acupuncture, the theory of electro-acupuncture concerning the energetic interrelations in [an] organism demonstrates that the maxillo-dental region is not only a mechanic masticatory organ reparable with fillings and crowns or renewable by artificial denture; on the contrary, it is part of [an] organism - a fact that you can “measure” (in its true sense) by means of electro-acupuncture, i.e., connections are made visible by our appliances.
Dentistry is firmly integrated in medical science in particular by the possibility of in vivo measuring given by electro-acupuncture and the resulting knowledge of energetic interrelations.
Originally published in German