Lookin' Green Magazine Connects w/ Dr. Darrick Sahara, Chiropractor & Applied Kinesiologist, Sahara Clinic
Written by Charlene Brown
Aside from western approaches to medicine, complementary and alternative medicine takes into account the whole being – body, heart, mind and soul.
Methods in Applied Kinesiology take the patient through a rigorous muscular exam to identify dysfunctional areas in the body. The main objective of such an approach is the evaluation of a triad structure; chemistry, energy, and emotions. In short, the doctor embarks on a faultfinding mission by harmoniously working with the patient by applying pressure at nerve endings and muscle points. The doctor listens, and the body reveals.
Dr. Darrick E. Sahara, a chiropractor practicing applied kinesiology in Pasadena, Calif., defines his work as seeking “optimal health” for his patients. He has a keen sense of listening to the silence of the body as it reacts to touch, and observing its posture and response to motion and light.
According to Dr. Sahara, his practice “takes knowledge and skill. It moves beyond the stethoscope.” Elaborating further Dr. Sahara comments, “In western medicine the patient tells the doctor the symptoms and doctor gives the patient a diagnosis. What I do is let the body tell me what’s wrong. You can hear it if you know how to listen.”
Consider – all is energy, intelligence added – the mind has power to orchestrate healing within the body. Energetic medicine based on vibrations, akin to kinesiology, demonstrates the power of tapping into the body’s own energy.
An energetic imbalance can be manifested in chronic pains or allergies, Dr. Sahara claimed. To repair this imbalance, for example, an allergy patient grasps small vials of various metals, the body vibrates in response to the magnetic forces, and the doctor is able to determine the source of the problem.
My complaint was nothing in particular, just an overly busy and tired body. I sat on the bench, motionless, all the while walled in by tiny vials of colorful elements, matching colored eyeglasses, and laboratory-like bottles of homeopathy remedies of fire, water, and wind in a bottle.
I could not help but look out the mini blinds through the slightly tinted window. I sat Skittishly as the doctor tapped on my body and I listened to his strict instructions to open my eyes while holding a vial of metal in my left hand then my right close to my abdomen.
Exchanging the vial from hand to hand actually required concentration and I frequently messed the pattern up. I wore yellow glasses, purple, and other various colors, and to be honest I wasn’t sure where this was going. I laid down on my back, then face down, I stood up, sat down, I braced myself, felt pressure, and I attempted to relax (which was hard to do), all the while wanting to talk.
I wanted to tell him about my emotional worries, my mental exhaustion, and the persistent tinge of pain in my right hip, or presently, my uneasiness. Rather, I kept quiet at Dr. Sahara’s request.
As I discovered, needleless acupuncture aims to rid the body of toxins from perfumes, metals, contaminated water, or mold exposure, and cleans a bad gut for improved digestion. This form of alternative medicine however, is calculated and determined by a complex diagnostic measurement similar to the ANSA test that is based in muscle therapy, and it works to fix body percussion and pathological conditions – increasing the patient’s range of motion and physical performance.
“Applied kinesiology works with the body to cure itself,” Dr. Sahara said. “The doctor talks to the body and the body answers back.” Like your conscience, stretching to make Dr. Sahara’s point, “the body will never lie to you.”
Unlike western and modern medicine – where the doctor asks the patient a series of questions, and the patient complains to the doctor, who then comes up with an initial diagnosis – within applied kinesiology, the body and the doctor take part in a one-on-one voiceless process that seeks to discover causes and stresses that create physical, mental and emotion ailments.