This may seem counterintuitive, but there are many instances where science can effectively prevent us from discovering new discoveries and knowledge. Unfortunately, conventional science is quick to dismiss anything that can not be physically seen or felt, so that notions like “energy points” in the body seem to be pure science fiction. But it’s not because we can not physically see something that it does not exist. Nikola Tesla told us that “the day science begins to study nonphysical phenomena, it will make more progress in a decade than in any previous century of its existence”, and hundreds of scientists around the world have undertaken this task for several years. Over the next few decades, the examination of intangible science will skyrocket, and we will all benefit. What we call Science is changing.
An example where non-material science could benefit humanity is health, because many publications have revealed the importance of the links between the mind and the body, and how our thoughts, emotions, feelings, perception of the environment around us and more are all related to the health of our body and the regulation of our immune system. A study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, titled “The Primo Vascular System as a New Anatomical System”, recognizes the importance of these concepts.
The medical community, for the most part, rejects healing therapies using this type of knowledge; knowledge that was present thousands of years ago in various ancient cultures. Acupuncture, a technique that manipulates the system of human meridians to heal the body, has worked wonders for many people, but our science has not yet explained how it does it. This is one of many examples. Although it is impossible to explain scientifically how these techniques work, few people could deny that traditional oriental medicine has proven effective for many people, or that it has been crucial for curing various diseases. This method has been used for thousands of years, and it must be assumed that if it did not work, we would have abandoned the practice now.
According to Western medicine, no known meridian system has a physical anatomical basis. The study above, however, offers a different perspective:
In the early 1960s, only one hypothesis was proposed to explain the anatomical basis of the meridians. Using different experimental approaches over the last 10 years, the number of scientific articles reporting the discovery of different anatomical and physiological evidence confirming the existence of an anatomical basis for the meridian system has increased. Morphological science is strongly challenged to offer a new biomedical theory that explains the possible existence of new bodily systems such as the First Vascular System (PSV).
Researchers call it the Primo Vascular System, and according to another article published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “still today, the meridian system is still being studied with well-known anatomical structures “.
This includes the connective tissues called fascia, which are representative of the meridian system function being established and understood, as indicated in a study published in the journal Anatomical Record that mapped acupuncture points in series of gross anatomical sections across the human arm. She found “an 80% match between sites of acupuncture points and the location of intermuscular or intramuscular connective tissue planes in post-mortem tissue sections”. The study proposed that “the anatomical relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes is relevant to the mechanism of action of acupuncture and suggests a potentially important role of integration for interstitial connective tissue” .
Korean researchers (from the first study cited above) believe that the First Vascular System is actually the physical component of the meridian acupuncture system. They also suggested that this system is involved in channeling the flow of energy and information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic light waves) and DNA. They propose that the anatomical basis of PSV and this energy, also known as “Qi”, is an electromagnetic wave that is very closely associated with DNA in PSV and that DNA “provides genetic information” and “functions as a storehouse of information that can be obtained from the electromagnetic fields of the environment”.
They cite several studies showing that PSV has been detected in various areas of the body:
PSVs have been found inside the blood and lymphatic vessels. PSV inside the lymphatic vessels circulate freely in the lymph. PSV and NPS flow into the third ventricle, the fourth ventricle, the cerebral aqueduct and along the central canal of the spinal cord. PSV was also found on the arachnoid, cerebellum, perinervium and sciatic nerve epinervium. PSV and PNS are present on the surfaces of the liver, stomach, small intestine and large intestine, bladder, spleen, kidneys and omentum, abdominal cavity, hypodermic layer of skin, fascia, adipose tissue and cancerous fascia. PSV also enter the internal tissues of organs.
The researchers injected a special dye that colored the meridians, revealing thin lines along those acupuncture points that were not present on areas of non-acupuncture points (where there is no meridians). Researchers have discovered that meridians are not confined to the skin, but that it is actually a system of concrete ducts through which the liquid flows. They also learned that this liquid aggregates to form stem cells.
After all their research (as can be seen in the publication), the scientists concluded that PSV allows communication between living organisms and the environment, and that it is a system that extends to the whole body and plays a role in all the biological processes of life. They concluded that it receives signals in the form of electromagnetic waves from the environment, and internal signals from the body as follows:
The PSV, which until now was a missing body system, can explain many of the mysteries of life. The physical substrate of the meridian system is the missing point that can be used to combine the knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine and modern science into a successful unity.
It is always interesting to examine ancient knowledge and teachings, especially because so much has been and continues to be confirmed by modern science. Every day, it seems, we discover why an ancient practice works on a scientific level; every day we validate something that previous generations simply understood as valuable. And these “new” discoveries of ancient knowledge support the idea that many more of these so-called obsolete or pseudoscientific practices are actually valid.
There are still many phenomena for which we have no explanation. For example, a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen at the National Library of Medicine in the United States, showed that a woman with special abilities was and is able to accelerate germination of specific seeds in order to develop a more robust seed stock. This is just one of many examples where extraordinary things have been observed and documented, but can not be scientifically explained.
As with the meridian points and energetic systems in the body, perhaps science calls us to be more intuitive, more confident and more open-minded. Perhaps a scientific explanation is not needed to confirm what people knew thousands of years ago and still enjoy today. We must think about it.
From the Academy of Oriental Oriental Sciences
The following comes from the Academy of Oriental Classical Sciences.
What is a meridian anyway? This is one of the first questions that Chinese medicine students want to understand. In simple terms, a meridian is an “energy highway” in the human body. The energy Qi (chee) flows through this meridian or energy highway, accessing all the parties of the body. Meridians can be mapped throughout the body; they circulate within the body and not on the surface, the meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture points along its path.
The term “meridian” describes the overall energy distribution system of Chinese medicine and helps us understand how the body’s basic substances (Qi, blood and body fluids) enter the body. Individual meridians themselves are often described as “channels” or even “vessels” that reflect the notion of carrying, maintaining, or carrying Qi, blood, and bodily fluids around the body.
It is tempting to think of the meridians of the human body in the same way that we think of the circulatory system, because meridians are responsible for the distribution of basic substances throughout the body as well as the circulatory system, but it is here that the similarities end. Conventional anatomy and physiology would not be able to identify these pathways in a physical sense of how blood vessels can be identified.
It is more useful to consider the meridian system as an energy distribution network that tends in itself to the energetic manifestation. Meridians can be better understood as a process rather than a structure.
Practitioners of Chinese medicine should be as knowledgeable about these meridian channels as the Western physician about the anatomy and physiology of the physical body. Without this thorough understanding, successful acupuncture treatments would be difficult. A practitioner of Chinese medicine must know how and where to access the Qi energy of the body to facilitate the healing process.
There are twelve main meridians, or invisible channels, throughout the body with flows of Qi or energy. Each member is crossed by six channels, three Yin channels inside and three Yang channels outside. Each of the twelve regular channels corresponds to the five organs of the Yin, the six organs of the Yang as well as the pericardium and San Jiao. They are organs that have no anatomical counterpart in Western medicine, but which also relate to processes in the body. It is also important to remember that organs should not be considered as identical to the physical and anatomical organs of the body.
Each meridian is a Yin Yang pair, which means that each Yin organ is associated with the corresponding Yang organ: the Yin lung organ, for example, corresponds to the Yang large intestine.
The Qi flows precisely through the twelve meridians or regular channels. First, the Qi flows from the thoracic region along the three Yin channels of the arm (lung, pericardium and heart) to the hands. There, they connect with the three Yang channels of the paired arm (large intestine, San Jiao and small intestine) and flow up to the head. In the head, they connect with their three corresponding Yang channels (stomach, gall bladder and bladder) and move along the body to the feet. In the feet, they connect with their corresponding channels Yin leg (spleen, liver, kidney) and flow up again to the chest to complete the cycle of Qi.
- The Tai Yin arm is the lung
- Leg Tai Yin channel is the spleen
- The Shao Yin arm is the heart
- The Shao Yin leg is the kidney
- The arm Jue Yin corresponds to the pericardium
- Jue Yin’s leg corresponds to the liver
- The Yang Ming arm is the large intestine
- The Yang Ming leg is the stomach
- The Tai Yang arm is the small intestine
- The Tai Yang leg is the bladder
- Le bras Shao Yang correspond au San Jiao
- The Shao Yang Channel leg is gallbladder
The channels of the arm and leg of the same name are considered to “communicate” with each other in Chinese medicine. Thus, problems in a given channel or organ can be handled using different points on the communication “partner”. By way of example: a problem with the lungs can be treated by using points on the spleen canal as these are both Tai Yin channels.
In addition to the twelve regular meridians, there are “extraordinary meridians” which are not directly related to the main organic system, but which fulfill various specific functions:
1) They serve as reservoirs of Qi and blood for the twelve regular channels, filling and emptying as needed.
2) They circulate the jing or “essence” around the body because they have a strong connection with the kidneys
4) They provide other connections between the twelve regular channels.
The meridian system of the human body is a delicate but complex network of interconnected energy lines. If a person masters the understanding of this meridian system, she will know the secrets of the flow of energy Qi in the body.