Emerson B. Hartman

In the year 1910, before O. J. Skinner became a doctor he was doing his bit in connection with a government geological survey in Arizona. Out in the wilderness he came upon an old Indian suffering with a broken leg who had been abandoned by his people. Dr. Skinner set and splinted the leg, then took the old man to Phoenix where he nursed him back to health.
When the Indian realized that the white man was really his friend and was helping him without any expectation of reward, he revealed the fact that he was himself a native medicine man. "I show you how; you make pain go my broke leg," he told the doctor. "Sure, if you can show me how," the doctor offered. "But I don't know of any way to do it. The only thing I know is for you to give it time. Maybe, if we had a Red Ray (Infra-Red) Lamp, or something like that...." "No, you stoop down here so I can reach; I show you what to do."
The doctor stopped. The old Indian placed one finger on the side of the doctor's neck, then the other down on his leg. "You do this . . . it make pain go." What the old fellow was doing didn't seem to amount to much, but the doctor reached out his hand and placed his finger tip on the area just above the Carotid Sinus. This he finally located to the satisfaction of the old Indian who moved the finger until it was exactly on the precise spot, that he wanted it to touch. With this finger placed, the doctor placed his fingers of the other hand down over the plaster cast opposite the break. At first he noticed nothing. Then he began to feel a sort of throb in the tips of the fingers touching the cast. When he remarked about this the old Indian smiled. "That is right; it go good now. Pain him go heap soon." The doctor continued to marvel. The throbbing increased, then faded somewhat. He took his hand away. The Indian nodded his head and patted his leg with his own hand. "You heap good doctor; pain him all gone."
Since then Dr. Skinner has passed this on to not less than fifty doctors; last of all he revealed the secret to the author who had been able to help the doctor in a matter, where others had failed. And this is as it should be; when one doctor knows something of worth, it is his duty to reveal it to his fellow practitioners. Indeed, the entire healing arts group should get together and form a syndicate . . . a pool, if you please . . . . to which all new discoveries should go, and from which those same things should flow out freely for the benefit of the individual practitioners and for the restoration of their patients.
For those who would know the reason for everything, it may be well to go into the secret of this phenomenon. In doing so, however, it must be borne in mind that if we are all in error, it has no deterrent action on the process itself. After all, our reasoning is only an effort to explain that which we think we know something about. The truth is that the technique works regardless of whether our philosophy is right or wrong.
All health depends upon an adequate circulation of the blood throughout the body. The Bible tells us, the life of the body is the blood thereof. Only when the circulation becomes impaired for some reason or other can disease manifest itself. This, of course, recognizes the fact that trauma may be the cause of the impairment of circulation as well as other things. Thus, a sprained ankle is a trauma. The sprained tissues are impaired as a circulatory medium. As a consequence pain and swelling results. A cut, a bruise, or a burn will also impair the circulation. An impinged nerve will impair circulation. And just to the extent that circulation is impaired, just to that extent pathological processes are permitted to take place. And if these continue over sufficient time, they naturally become fixed or chronic, or produce death to that part, or the person as a whole.
When the blood circulates normally and freely there can be no swelling and no pain. Circulation, however, may be impaired in the vessel walls passing along a limb, through a muscle, or through the bones themselves. This causes a decrease or increase of the lumen of that blood vessel. In turn such a change affects the terminal distribution area of that blood vessel. Hence we have a hidden source of trouble.
What factors can cause such an alteration of the circulation of the blood? Instantly the trained physician will answer, The nerves. While that is fact, it must be remembered that there are three separate and instinct nervous systems in our bodies. To refresh our minds it may be well to review the function of each.
The system most easily identified is the motor-sensory system. This group of nerves form the bulk of the large nerve trunks throughout the body. As their name implies, these nerves govern all voluntary movements and all body sensations.
The second system, or sympathetic system, originates in the ganglia which form the gangliated cords up and down the interior aspect of the spinal column, the associated plexuses, and more distal plexuses. These ganglia and plexuses are the operational units which keep tab on all the automatic functions of the moving body.
The third system is called the PARASYMPATHETIC. The function of this unit of our nervous systems is to control the tubing which make up our circulatory system . . . the blood and lymph vessels.
Next, how do these various nerves convey their impulses? This question was a stumper for many and still is. A few years ago, however, the Harvard School of Medicine performed an experiment which cut away the vast overload of philosophies and reduced nerve energy impulses to a known factor . . . electricity. Nerves operate by electricity. In the eyes we have photo-electric cells which capture the rays of light entering the eye and reconvert those rays into electrical currents. In the case of the ears the audio-electric cells pick up the vibrations of sound and reconvert them into electrical impulses. Thus nature has devised two types of highly complicated apparatus which science has been attempting to produce commercially and has to a slight extent succeeded, though not yet with one tithe of the efficiency of the human organs just named.
This brings us to another conclusion: the muscles are therefore internal combustion motors. Or if this term does not completely apply to them, then they are a new type of electrical motor far ahead of anything humans have as yet devised. No doubt there is graduation between the two ideas; we know they operate by electrical stimulus, and seemingly are able to function for considerable time after their energy supply has been reduced to the nerve impulses . . . unlike a gas motor which stops when the gas is cut off.
All this discussion may seem beside the point. But when one is to explain why some simple phenomenon operates, it must be clear what each of the terms mean, and the function of each contributing factor.
It will be recalled that the procedure discussed in the story of the old Indian instructing the doctor was that he caused one finger to be placed on the side of the neck under the jaw. There the finger tip probes until it begins to feel the throb of the large artery. Usually it can be found easily, but sometimes it is difficult to locate. Keep feeling, however, until you can feel the throb distinctly. When you find this, keep the tip of that one finger on the spot. That is our contact point.
Every time your heart beats it generates a charge of electrical energy. You are picking this up. Your body becomes a condenser, so do not touch the person at any other spot except the place to be treated. On this spot place the tips of the fingers of the other hand.
In my own experience with the procedure I discovered at the outset, that when I got my primary contact finger exactly on the right spot, my treating fingers began to feel the throb more keenly than the primary contact finger. Indeed, as the throb increased it often manifests itself up into the knuckles and wrist and at times up into the arm itself. An instead of being an actual heart throb it takes the nature rather of an electric shock. Even the tips of the fingers tingle rather than throb.
Now, what is taking place? There seems to be but one answer,--the electrical charge released by the heart which proceeds along the throbbing artery walls is of such high potential as to surcharge the entire being, and when an outside conductor is applied, it is shorted across into the distal parts thereby completing an electrical balance in the blood vessels at that area . . . a balance which allows a complete restoration of both blood and lymph circulation, for the time being at least.
So much for the reason of the transaction; now for a few observations as to what has been observed and the extent of the action. For instance there recently came into this office a woman who had been burned with radium and x-ray in an effort to check a pelvic cancer. As a result the entire pelvic viscera and surrounding tissues were congested. Pain was constant. When I asked her to lie down on a cot she protested that to do so was so excruciating she could not undertake it.
The natural thought for a person in such agony is to have her eased by morphine injection. This usually brings at least partial relief for several hours. Unfortunately, in these chronic cases where the relief of pain in no way removes the congestion, the opiate easement dies out and brings added torture to torment the sufferer.
In this woman's case I placed her in a sitting posture where I could make the contact on the primary point and also reach the treating section. In her case this was the supra-pubic area as high up as the solar plexus. The skin was congested and swollen as were the underlying palpable tissues. On these tissues the fingers pressed with moderate firmness, . . . the points only. At once the throb began to come weakly. With its coming the tissues began to pit under the pressure. When it was well pitted, the fingers were moved to another area over where she said pain persisted. Here again the throbbing fingers rested for probably two minutes.
While the fingers were resting first one place and then another she reported the pain changing. Finally all the anterior pain left and went to the back. At this point the pressure was made at the umbilicus and within a minute the last of the pain faded.
The pain did not return until she awakened the following morning. This did not end this experimentation, however. I found a slipped sacroiliac joint and corrected it without causing any pain, and with her lying in the prone position in perfect ease. I then instructed her to return to the office in two days.
Upon her second visit I inquired as to the return of the pain. She reported the pain returned in part the morning after her first visit, but that instead of remaining constant, it had come and gone. Now before her treatment the pain had been constant. So I gave her another treatment which again gave her complete relief and released her to go home.
Let me assert here that positively this is in no respects related to hypnotism. No attempt is made to influence the mind of the subject, and the individual manifests both surprise and pleasure at the unusual results. It is purely electrical and physiological and not psychological.
On the return of this patient the third time she reported that after her second treatment a feeling of "all-goneness" had vanished and had not shown any inclination to return.
In addition to her report that the pain was abating and changing there was an observed change in the tissue swelling. By the third treatment all of the visible swelling had abated and surrounding skin and fascia appeared entirely normal.
Now it was not to be expected that such a treatment could overcome the terrible condition which quack treatments had complicated an already serious malady. But the point remains that the treatment did give a far greater degree of relief than an injection of morphine, and lasted several times as long. And then when the pain returned, instead of being worse, as in the case of pain returning from an opiate, it was less and also no longer constant but rather intermittent. During the course of the week in which she was under our care her pain was sufficiently under control that she was deemed in condition to accompany her daughter to another city where a specialist who handled nothing but cancer had promised the daughter to care for her.
It may be interesting to note here that in our own experience Dr. Skinner's statement that the method will work through a plaster cast was tried out. He happened to be here the day the author's nephew came in with a cast supporting a broken forearm. Although it had been broken some two weeks, he reported that it was hurting him quite badly. At the suggestion of Dr. Skinner the reflex method was tried. Almost at once the throbbing began on the fingers touching the cast over the spot where the pain seemed to originate. Within a couple of minutes all the pain was gone, nor did it return.
In addition to these two cases reported, I have used the method on scores of others. With it I have eased stomach cramps caused by eating something that did not agree with the person; I have eased a wry neck which had refused to respond to any other therapy; with it I have reduced the swelling of a goiter which flared up at the time of the menstrual cycle; with it I have chased pain from sore joints and other places with such complete success that the patients declared it is magic. But it is not magic; it is purely electrical.
So much for our personal reports; now for a few of the reports the doctor to whom it was first given certifies to.

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