Odisha Swastha Seva Sangha

POINT # 5 MEDULLA OBLONGATA

POINT # 5

MEDULLA OBLONGATA

 

Location of Point: This point is situated in the spot that is located between Point No. 2 and Point No. 7 (base of the thumb). In foot this is just below Point No. 2 on big toe. This can be used in the conditions mentioned here after.

 

The pyramid shaped medulla oblongata is a part of the brain which forms the upward continuation of spinal cord (spinal cord is the extended part of the medulla oblongata). It lies on the base of the skull and is about 2.5 cm in length.

    
Functions of medulla oblongata:
  

 The medulla oblongata plays a major role in various activities of the body. This it achieves through the vital centre’s present in it. The vital centers’ are:

•    Cardiac centre: controls the rate and force of the contraction of the heart.

•    Respiratory centre: regulates the rate and depth of respiration.

•    Vasomotor centre: controls the diameter of the blood vessels, especially the small arteries
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•    Reflex centre: this centre gets stimulated when irritating substances get into the stomach or respiratory tract and that irritation initiates reflex actions such as vomiting, coughing and sneezing.

 

Other functions in which medulla oblongata is involved are:


•    Coordination of skeletal muscles concerned with the maintenance of balance.

•    Coordination of activity controlled by the autonomic nervous system, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal activity.

•    Selective awareness in which it selectively blocks or passes sensory information to the cerebrum, e.g. the slight sound made by a sick child moving in bed may arouse his mother but the noise of regularly passing trains may be suppressed.

 

Indications:

Control of rate and depth of cardiac contraction

Control of the diameter of the blood vessels

Blood Pressure irregularities

Cardiac disorder

Angina pain

Palpitation

Control of rate and depth of respiration

Bronchial asthma

Bronchitis

Breathlessness

Vomiting

Coughing

Sneezing

Maintenance of balance

Coordination of skeletal muscles activity

Paralysis

Cerebral palsy

Headache

Thigh pain

Eyebrow pain

Pain in the middle of eyebrow

Migraine

Meningitis

Hiccup

Coordination of activity controlled by the autonomic nervous system, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal

activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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