By Dr. Isabel Sharkar, ND
Scars may be easily overlooked as if they do not interfere with your health, but there are good reasons why you should pay more attention to them. A scar is an adhesion and may be a direct pain generator, especially when cutaneous and subcutaneous nerves are cut along with the skin and deeper tissues. A scar interferes with normal physiological exchange between the connected sides.
When the body repairs, new protein (collagen) fibers replace the injured tissue and a scar is formed. With this new formation, the new fibers are randomly aligned and mismatched and may lead to trapped nerves, neuromas, or inflammatory mediators that produce ongoing pain. This scar tissue may pull on other areas, compress nerves, blood vessels, organs and limit physiological functioning.
An incision (considered an “injury”) into the body for a surgery will upset the body’s natural processes and rhythm—leaving behind trauma from the “injury.” The body has a natural flow—especially seen with the meridian lines in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each point in the body within the meridian system correlates with an organ, cell or other system of the body.
Scars can prevent the natural flow of the body’s energy or qi (chi). Nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels, meridians, skin, fascia and other tissues cease to connect or communicate normally across the scar barrier. The result is stagnation of energy that can, over time, result in new problems in that area of the body.
Why Doctors Ask for Your Surgical History
When a mystery dis-ease appears within the vicinity of a scar, it is important to check the associated meridians in that area. There are many undiagnosed medical conditions that may be linked to postoperative surgical scarring. Releasing scar tissue is a very important step in your healing process. Scars may also hold on to emotions from the past that are trapped in the nerve fibers. As you release the scar tissue, you may release the emotions and let them go for good.
Releasing scars may be done in several ways. The goal is to break down scar tissue in order for it to realign the fibers more functionally and enable flexibility in the area.
Neural Therapy Treatment for Scars
One such treatment is neural therapy—also known as German scar therapy. This procedure involves numbing the scar and surrounding area with Procaine. When this local anesthetic drug is applied, the body converts it to Para-Amino-Benzoic Acid (PABA), an antioxidant that helps to generate the production of folic acid. It begins to release some of the rigidity and stored energy of the scar tissue. Scar therapy helps to stimulate the autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, glands, and trigger points associated with the affected meridian.
A scar has a sympathetic-dominant charge firing in a disturbed “fight or flight” manner. A neural therapy injection may alter the autonomic nerve conduction that creates the disturbance by normalizing membrane potential. When procaine is injected into a nerve, temporary hyperpolarization (inhibition) is caused by the anesthesia. As it wears off, the nerve repolarizes with a normal membrane potential. There are variations of neural therapy that work very well to break down scar tissue.
All surgical scars including cesarean section, plastic surgery or internal scars must be evaluated. Scar therapy is a wonderful tool to add onto any health treatment protocol.
Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of the Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit IndigoHealthClinic.com.