Balancing the ANS in Environmentally-Challenged Patients


Thomas E. Croley, Ph.D.
Allen, TX


The environmentally challenged patients present some common pathologies within their bodily functions. One of the most common pathologies is an imbalance of the two components of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). In these patients, the “protective” sympathetic system dominates the parasympathetic system and is overly stimulated.


Cold Laser Therapy (CLT) has been successfully used, to date, in bringing back a normal balance of these two components resulting in a normal functioning of the ANS helping these patients as they encounter the environmental challenges.1 Dr. Reinhold Voll2 has demonstrated the gall bladder 20 acupoint to be the Summative Measurement Point (SMP) for the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which translates to be the most active acupoint representing the total activity of the SNS. Therefore, if the SNS is overly active in these environmental challenged patients, gall bladder 20 represents the site where one should depress the activity (in this case, using laser acupuncture). Additional sites of sympathetic energy accumulation when over stimulated are urinary bladder 14 and 25.


Following this sympathetic point nerve depression, the Vagus nerve should be stimulated using Kidney-19, 20 and 21 acupoints in order to stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSP).3


Following treatment of these two components of the ANS, balancing of the seven chakral energies helps to restore proper energy to the functioning ANS.4


In a large majority of the patients treated in this manner, a reestablishment of a balance between the SNS and PNS components has been exhibited by the bodily functions controlled by the ANS, especially the parasympathetic which has been previously dominated by the sympathetic. For example, patients having difficulty sleeping at night have returned to more normal sleep patterns. Digestive problems in some patients have normalized. Blood pressure measurements taken frequently on these patients in the clinic have shown a return to normal levels in nearly all of those treated with the ANS balance technique. Urinary inconsistencies have also been adjusted in some of the patients.


Reestablishing the energy balance to the ANS components and the chakras assures a proper flow of energy along the meridians of the posterior body (sympathetic, Yang) to the anterior side of the body (parasympathetic, Yin). In accomplishing this normal flow of energy (Qi), the proper energy flow is reestablished in the head/face meridians. This has cleared double vision and/or tinnitus in many of the patients exhibiting these problems. Likewise, “brain clouding” exhibited in many of these patients is cleared.
Balancing of the ANS along with the other treatment techniques which work toward removing the chemical incident and/or immunizing the patient to particular antigens has allowed these patients to reach their goal of returning to normal lifestyle. Our protocols of treatment are based on sound principles of anatomical and physiological activities within the human body. For example, if a patient is challenged by aromatic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols or petroleum organics, the olfactory nerve is overly stimulated which results in an abnormal stimulation of the entorhinal cortex and the limbic system. The limbic system includes the hippocampus, the amygdaloid nuclear complex, the uncus (rostral part of the parahippocampal gyrus), the anterior part of the cingulate gyrus, the mammillary bodies, portions of the anterior hypothalamus and adjacent parolfactory area, the anterior nuclear mass and the doreomedial nucleus of the thalamus, septum pellucidum, habenular nuclear complex, and orbital gyri.5,6,7,8,9


The cold laser stimulation of peripheral nerves results in a stimulation of the cytochrome oxidase enzymes within mitochondria which results in an increased ATP production.10 An increased availability of ATP to a system that is highly energy dependent, increases axoplasmic flow rates within the neural circulation leading to changes both in proximal and distal nerves to the incident irradiation.11 Therefore, the cold laser (low level laser) stimulation is capable of interfering with the over stimulation of the limbic system by reducing the excess stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system via the hypothalamus and the amygdala establishing the normal physiological stimulus and feedback to the limbic system. Experimental evidence has shown deficiencies in neuronal impulses from the hippocampus resulting in short-term memory losses (brain clouding) and an imbalance of the sympathetic nervous system. As well, several physiological changes occur in the normal, rhythmic stages of sleep. As a result, these changes exert abnormal effects on the body temperature and the immune system. Many of these effects are a result of an interruption of the normal neural stimulation to the components of the limbic system from the reticular activating system and the locus ceuleus of the brain stem.


Use of the cold laser on the acupoints of the components of the autonomic nervous system in order to balance the energy flow within this body system has proven to be an effective treatment in concert with the other treatment modalities of the environmentally-challenged patient. Other protocols using cold laser therapy are currently being explored.


1.   T.E. Croley, 18th Annual International Symposium on Man and His Environment, June 8-11, 2000, Dallas, Texas.
2.   Reinhold Voll, The 850 EAV Measurement Points of the Meridians and Vessels Including the Secondary Vessels, Medizinisch Literarische Verlagergesellschaft mbH, Velzon, 1983.
3.   Julian N. Kenyon, Modern Techniques of Acupuncture, Vol. 1, p. 131. Thorsons Publishers, Inc., Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire, 1983.
4.   Richard Gerber, Vibrational Medicine Bear & Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1988.
5.   A.C. Guyton, Textbook of Medical Physiology, 6th Ed., W.B. Saunders & Co., Philadelphia, 1981.
6.   R.F. Schmidt, Fundamentals of Neurophysiology, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1978.
7.   R.D. Adams and Maurice Victor, Principles of Neurology, 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, 1994.
8.   Bill Garoutte, Survey of Functional Neuroanatomy, 3rd Ed., Mill Valley Medical Pub., Mill Valley, Calif., 1981.
9.   Sid Gilman and S.W. Newman, Manter and Gatz’s Essentials of Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, 8th Ed., F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, 1992.
10. Tiina Karu, The Science of Low-Power Laser Therapy, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Chp. 5, Responses of Neurons and Lymphocytes to Direct Irradiation, Russia, 1998.
11. Philip Gabel, Axoplasmic Flow May Cause LLLT’s Latent and Systemic Effects Presented at the 2nd Congress of World Association for Laser Therapy, Sept. 2-5, 1998, Kansas City, Missouri.