Cayce Health Database
A reflex is an involuntary response
to a stimulus. Reflexes are transmitted by nerves. The "knee-jerk"
reflex is an obvious, highly visible reflex. Other reflexes are
hidden deep within the body and much less apparent, yet significant
in health and healing.
Edgar Cayce often discussed nerve reflexes in his
health readings. In fact, his descriptions of nerve reflexes sometimes
resemble complex chain reactions wherein a pressure or lesion in one
part of the body ripples through the nervous systems producing diverse
and seemingly unrelated problems.
Reading 4872-1 is exemplary in its extensive descriptions
of reflex actions resulting in numerous and diverse symptoms.
It contains several explicit descriptions of nerve reflexes culminating
in the question, “Please explain what is meant by reflex?” Edgar
“Pressure in an area that through the nerve system produces REFLEX action
in organs that are involved by pressures in that area, see? As seen
here: The temperature that is produced in system (that is, abnormal
temperature) by pressure on the sympathetic, in the cerebrospinal and
sympathetic coordinating center in the coccyx area, makes for a high hepatic
circulation. How? Reflexly! The temperature, then, is
a reflex action. The reflex action in the glands of the system,
as produced by abnormal conditions in the lacteals, causes the over-excess
of activity to those of the thyroids - in CLEANSING the system - REFLEXLY.”
From a therapeutic standpoint, Cayce also recognized
the importance of nerve reflexes. His frequent referrals to osteopathic
physicians was based on their understanding of nerve centers and reflexes
utilized in osteopathic treatment. For example, many forms of osteopathic
drainage rely on regulation of blood and lymph flow by reflex action through
the nerve centers which the osteopath manipulates.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
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