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Scars are Stressors to the Autonomic Nervous System [ANS]

What's a SCAR Got To Do With It?  

Scars Are STRESSORS To The Autonomic Nervous System

To understand how scars can affect your health, we must first briefly discuss the nervous system before explaining how scars can affect it.

The Autonomic Nervous System [ANS] is what controls and regulates the involuntary automatic functions of your organs and body parts. The ANS consists of two divisions that work in balanced coordination with each other.  One half of the ANS is the SYMPATHETIC Nervous System and the other half is the PARASYMPATHETIC Nervous System.


About 80% of the fibers of the sympathetic nervous system go to the layers of the skin. There is a coordinated flow of electrical nerve energy along the surface of the body via the peripheral sympathetic fibers of the skin.  Scars are considered to be a major stressor to the body because of their effect upon the energy flow through these peripheral nerve fibers and upon acupuncture meridians.

Consider this analogy:  We use ionizing air purifiers in our office.  They contain ceramic plates with a metallic mesh through which an electric current passes to create ions in the air that passes over the mesh plates.  One day one of the plates in the air purifier started to spark at a specific spot on the mesh.  Close inspection of the failed plate revealed a very small break in the mesh that disrupted the normally evenly distributed current that passes through the mesh.  The defect in the mesh acted as a scar disrupting normal energy flow.

By comparison, when a cut occurs on the body the sympathetic peripheral nerve fibers in the skin become cut as well.  The nerve fibers also have to heal as does the skin.  Healing of the nerve fibers may occur in such a way that the electrical flow along these fibers may become disrupted.  The end result can often be a concentration of electrical energy in the area of the healing scar.

As electrical energy builds up in this area, that energy can randomly discharge.  This random discharge of energy can definitely upset the balance and control of this part of the Autonomic Nervous System [ANS] and thereby affect the Peripheral Nervous System [PNS] as well, since both of these systems complement each other.  If one system is affected, the other one tries to compensate.  It is a delicate balance of neurological control which is always seeking to maintain homeostasis.

A small, seemingly insignificant scar may cause a great deal of disruption if it is "active" as compared to a large scar which may have no ill effects on the same individual.

A scar may be active for a protracted period of time, and it may be active spontaneously.  A scar may be inactive for years and then suddenly for no apparent reason, it re-activates.  The reverse is also true.

Methods to de-activate active scars included topical application of wheat germ oil or sesame oil and the application of cold laser light to the scar.  The combination of cold laser and topical application of oil is effective in de-activating scars most of the time.  There are however more advanced procedures for the de-activation of active scars should these two basic procedures prove to be ineffective.

An integral part of the evaluation of patients for the Health Improvement Program is to assess for any disruption of energy as a result of active scars.  A scar can be especially disruptive if it lies along acupuncture meridians.

The stubborn persistence of a somatic complaint [i.e. an ache or pain] that does not fully respond to treatment may in fact be related to the disruptive influence of an active scar, and that scar may be located nowhere near the area of complaint.  Our holistic approach assesses the body's energy status.