Sunday, July 21, 2013

Acupuncture, Acupressure and the Meridian System

Acupuncture is a 3,000+ year old traditional Chinese therapy that involves inserting tiny needles into various vital energy points throughout the human body.  Hundreds of these “acupoints” connect to 12 main chi/life energy channels known as “meridians.”  Each meridian is related to and named after a specific organ or function, the main 12 being the lung, colon, stomach, spleen, heart, intestine, triple warmer, pericardium, bladder, gallbladder, kidney and liver meridians.  Through skillful application and combination of acupoint needles, blockages of chi flow are overcome and healthy energy balance is restored to the body.

Many traditions worldwide have perceived the manifestation of consciousness through various levels of energetic frequencies.  Eastern healing techniques continue this holistic tradition, where disease is treated as a blockage or imbalance in the flow of a life-force energy.  Almost all non-Western approaches to medicine speak of a life force, such as the prana of the Indian tradition and the chi of the Chinese tradition.  These forces are said to vivify a biological entity at birth and to withdraw on its death.  The importance of very low-energy electromagnetic fields associated with the body’s energy flows is being recognized and progressively measured.  These energy flows take particular pathways that Eastern medicine has long identified as the meridians.  Just as the arterial system carries blood around our bodies, such meridians are deemed to carry both the subtle and the electromagnetic component of these energies.  Around our bodies and distributed along these meridians are approximately a thousand points that are the nodes for such energies where they may be accessed via the skin.  The Chinese tradition of acupuncture uses extremely fine needles inserted painlessly into the skin at these points to free energy blockages, accelerate wound healing, control pain, and stimulate energy flow in the meridian system.”  -Ervin Laszlo and Jude Currivan, “Cosmos” (120)

Using Kirlian electrography, acupuncturist Dr. Peter Mandel showed that he could stimulate various acupoints to cause bigger, brighter coronas to appear at other nodes along the same meridian.  By needling tonification points on one foot and sedation points on the other, he could increase the luminescence of one foot while nearly extinguishing the other.  One of his patients with a sprained ring finger displayed a huge reddish corona emanating from the sprain, but after just a few minutes of acupuncture treatment it shrunk back to normal size/color and healed completely within the day.  

Research has also shown that painkilling endorphins and the steroid cortisol are released through the body when the [acupuncture] points are stimulated at low frequency, and important mood-regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine, at high frequency … Yet other research has proved that acupuncture can cause blood vessels to dilate and increase blood flow to distant organs in the body.  Other research demonstrates the existence of meridians as well as the effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.  Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Robert Becker, who performed a great deal of research on electromagnetic fields in the body, designed a special electrode recording device which would roll along the body like a pizza cutter.  After many studies it showed up electrical charges on the same places on every one of the people tested, all corresponding to Chinese meridian points.”  -Lynne McTaggart, “The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe,” (55)

Modern medicine has long been aware of an electrical phenomenon present in the body known as “the Current of Injury.”  When skin tissue undergoes trauma or microscopic damage, such as when skin cells are pierced by acupuncture needles, they begin leaking electrically charged ions into the surrounding tissue.  This creates a weak electrical battery-like charge which stimulates a healing response from the nearby cells.

In the 1950s, Japanese Dr. Yoshio Nakatani and German Dr. Reinhold Voll both independently verified electronically that within a few millimeters of each acupoint there is a significant decrease in the skin’s electrical resistance compared with non-acupoints.  They also proved that there are measurable differences between healthy and unhealthy patient’s overall resistance levels. 

In 1971 New York Times reporter James Reston became a firm believer in acupuncture’s efficacy.  While traveling around China James became ill with appendicitis and doctors performed a complete appendectomy using only acupuncture for an anesthetic.  In the popular article he wrote afterwards, James mentioned interviewing one brain tumor patient who was eating oranges and conversing with him while his skull was wide open!  Some people have claimed acupuncture’s analgesic properties are merely an expression of the placebo effect, but this has been proven erroneous due to the fact that many animals have also responded to the analgesic properties of acupuncture, not to mention that it works 75% of the time compared to the placebo effect’s 30%.

The effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief is now supported by a growing number of studies.  Neuroscientist Bruce Pomeranz was the first to show that acupuncture triggers the production of endorphins – our body’s natural ‘feel-good’ hormones.  The use of functional MRI technology to scan brain patterns by a number of researchers, including Zang-Hee Cho at the University of California, Irvine, has shown in recent years that acupuncture desensitizes pain controls in our brain.  Indeed, so powerful is its ability to reduce pain that it has been used to enable open-heart surgery to be performed without anesthetic.”  -Ervin Laszlo and Jude Currivan, “Cosmos” (121)

University of Toronto Dr. Bruce Pomeranz discovered by activating small myelinated nerve fibers, acupuncture sends impulses to the spinal chord, midbrain, pituitary, and hypothalamus resulting in endorphin release.  When Pomeranz pre-treated rats with Naloxone, an endorphin blocker, acupuncture’s pain relieving properties disappeared, suggesting that endorphin release caused by acupuncture stimulus is the key mechanism behind its pain relieving effects.

In 1992 at the Necker Hospital in Paris, Dr. Jean-Claude Darras and Dr. Pierre de Vernejoul explicitly confirmed the existence of the meridian system with their famous experiment.  They injected harmless radioactive tracers into acupoints of 300 volunteers then tracked their migration using gamma cameras.  Whenever tracers were injected to non-acupoints they quickly disbursed and disappeared, but when injected into actual acupoints, the tracers migrated steadily along the traditional Chinese meridian paths.  They also found that the tracers moved more slowly around diseased organs and faster around healthy organs, confirming the notion of illness resulting from obstructions in the body’s chi flow.

This is a computer-enhanced version of an image produced at the Necker Hospital in Paris in a joint study with the Cytology Laboratory at the Military Hospital. They injected a radioactive tracer into acupuncture points and then took the photograph with a gamma camera to see where it would go. It followed the pattern of the acupuncture meridian system. Not only does this confirm the existence of the meridian network, which 'modern medicine' has long dismissed and ridiculed, but the study also established another crucial fact. It found that the slower the energy (or chi to the Chinese) passed through the meridians, the less healthy was the person involved. When the energy was flowing at optimum speed and balance the subject was in good health. How can this be? Because the energy, the chi, is information that includes details about a problem or imbalance, and the instructions on how to respond. If people were taking too long to tell you that a problem existed and too long to pass your response to those at the scene, what would happen? The problem would not get fixed and would probably worsen as a result. This is one reason why people who are ill are more vulnerable to other illnesses. The chi also carries instructions to maintain balance and harmony and, again, when this communication is affected, so is the balance and harmony, and the body becomes diseased.” –David Icke, “The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy” (7)

In 2003 the World Health Organization assessed and compiled a list of over 100 ailments for which acupuncture treatment has proven effective.  Just a small sampling of these include allergies, arthritis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhoea, epigastralgia, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor pain, leucopenia, lower back pain, nausea, neck pain, sciatica, sprains, and stroke. 

In acupuncture there is the concept of “the little man in the ear” which is an acupoint diagram of the whole human body that fits within the ear and affects meridians connecting 40 organs/systems throughout the body.  In reflexology there are similar acupressure concepts and diagrams of the feet and hands showing how points in these extremities connect to organs/systems throughout the body.  This once again demonstrates the holographic nature of our bodies and matter in general; the part reflected in the whole, and the whole reflected in all parts.

How can reflexology and acupuncture find points throughout the body that relate to all the organs and other functions? How can you massage, or insert a needle at a point on the foot, hand or ear and affect the liver, stomach or heart? It seems crazy if you accept the official explanations of the human form, but it makes perfect sense when you know the body is a hologram.  Remember that one of the amazing properties of holograms is that every part is a smaller version of the whole. Far from being a mystery that the whole body can be found in the foot, hand or ear, it is the way it must be if the body is a hologram. An entire body can be grown from a single cell because every cell is a smaller version of the whole and contains all the information contained in the whole.” –David Icke, “Infinite Love is the Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion” (96)

We human beings consider ourselves to be made up of ‘solid matter.’ Actually, the physical body is the end product, so to speak, of the subtle information fields, which mold our physical body as well as all physical matter.  These fields are holograms which change in time (and are) outside the reach of our normal senses.  This is what clairvoyants perceive as colorful egg-shaped halos or auras surrounding our physical bodies.”  -Itzhak Bentov, “Stalking the Wild Pendulum