With the help of a procedure developed by the late Harry Philibert, MD, a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, family physician, surgeon, and medical pioneer, asthmatics have hope to successfully manage or reduce their asthma symptoms.
Dr. Philibert observed that the infraspinatus muscle in the shoulders of dogs and rabbits contained a
reflex that strongly influenced lung health. He called it the Infraspinatus Respiratory Reflex (IRR). The animals that were injected with even tiny, dilute amounts of chemical in this neuromuscular reflex pointinvariably developed respiratory problems. Then, injecting a small amount of local anesthetic into the affected animals resolved their respiratory symptoms.
After carefully examining his asthmatic patients for tenderness whendeep pressure was applied to their infraspinatus muscles, he found a strong correlation with IRR tenderness and asthma. When he injected the IRR (in the body of the infraspinatus muscle which is located by each shoulder blade) of those patients who were tender, he observed improvement in their asthma symptoms. He theorized that: 1) environmental chemicals can accumulate in the body, 2) chemicals affecting the IRR are capable of impairing respiratory health, and 3) asthmatic symptoms can be reversed by injecting mild local anesthetics locally into the IRR which has the effect of “resetting” the nervous system control of the lungs to relieve symptoms. This was the birth of significant hope for a drug-free, novel approach to manage asthma.
The improvement in asthmatics’ health and the reduction of asthma symptomsafter a series of IRR injections can be dramatic. As such, this treatment is worthy of consideration for asthmatics looking for relief.
Eight things to know about IRR injections and how they could help you or someone you love reduce or completely eliminate asthma symptoms.
1. Data supports IRR injectionsas enormously beneficial for asthmatics
Throughout his career Dr.Philibert treated and collected data on more than4000 asthmatic patients who were givenIRR injections. He found that eighty-five percent responded positively to the IRR injections. He observed that half of that that eighty-five percent did not have any asthma symptoms after four injections and the other half had partial relief of their asthma symptoms after four injections.
2. It requires a series of IRR injections to eliminate asthma symptoms
Dr. Philibert typically administered IRR injections to his asthmatic patients every two weeks in four different office visits. However, other frequencies of treatment have been found to be just as effective. The benefits of IRRs differ among people who receive them and that difference can be related to diet, lifestyle, and that hard-to-define “ability to respond to therapy” that is innate in each person. The duration of benefits also varies and ranges fromdays to weeks in the early stages of treatment and up to several months for some patients who complete a series of injections, or even very long standing for some.
Injections are no longer needed when the patient has no pain when their infraspinatus muscle is deeply probed with a knuckle or thumb or when the patient no longer has any asthma symptoms.”
3. IRR injections can provide asthma symptom relief after one visit
IRR injections may be one of medicine’s best kept secrets. IRR injections’ benefits commonly include immediate relief. Most asthma patients report decreased tightness and improvedability to breathe immediately during or immediately following the IRR injection. If a positive response is not apparent with the first injection a response to further injections is less likely, though it can and does happen. For some, trying IRR injections once can be a way to test an alternative asthma therapy without the risk of investing too much in a solution that maynot ultimately work.
4. IRR injections are typically not covered by insurance
Unfortunately, IRR injections are not typically covered by most insurance companies, but all health insurance companies’ policies and contracts vary so it is always good to check to see if your provider would cover all or a portion of the IRR treatment.
5. It is important to work with a doctor trained in IRR injections
As with any medical procedure, finding a physician who has been trained in proper IRR technique by an experienced physician is important. A relative small number of physicians have been trained in this technique in the US and even fewer of them are still practicing or providing IRR injections to patients.
6. IRR can stop an asthma attack
Not only can IRR injections stop asthma symptoms, their benefits can persist into the future and can also help prevent attacks.
7. IRR can help greatly with many other conditions and illnesses
IRR injections not only benefit asthma, they can also be helpful for neck and shoulder pain, persistent coughs, pneumonia, and other pulmonary problems. Dr. Philibert also used IRR injections to help ease suffering and in some cases increase the life span of patients with lung cancer.
8. There are other things you can do to reduce asthma symptoms while you are getting IRR injections
Dr. Philibert recommended that asthmatics looking for effective, natural self-treatment to control their asthma symptoms should considerhaving their white blood cell levels of minerals measured and take supplemental minerals, especially magnesium (which relaxes the air passages in the lungs), if the levels are found to be deficient, as well as vitamin B6. He also recommended that identifying allergies to foods such as wheat, corn, dairy, sugar, and soy or other commonly eaten foods and eliminating these foods from their diets to see if there is an improvement of their asthma symptoms can be helpful. Dr. Philibert found that avoiding toxic environmental exposures is critical for the health of asthmatics, especially chlorine, molds, solvents, pesticides, and cigarette smoke, even second-hand smoke.