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Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing

Posted by gabriella [180.890] on April 10, 2005 at 03:23:04:

HOW DOES THE ENERGY FLOW INSIDE THE BODY?
There is a Tantric saying that goes like this: "the mind goes to a certain direction, and the energy follows it". The energy tends to accumulate in the place where you focus your mind.

"Experiments in the field of biofeedback have proven that focusing the attention on one part of the body may determine an intensification of the nervous and muscular activity in that particular area.

The more intense the mental concentration, the more ample the flow of energy. Remember that you must not push or draw the energy, but simply focus your mind on that location."


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Posted by gabriella [180.890] on April 10, 2005 at 03:31:46:

In Reply to: Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing posted by gabriella [180.890] on April 10, 2005 at 03:23:04:

Scientific Study of Chi and Meridian Medicine

We study and use the meridian system and chi flow in our art for healing and fighting. But what is chi, and how does it travel through the body. There has been a great deal of research done into these areas, and documentation has been compiled to show the real existence and effects of chi and the meridian pathways.

The meridian pathways consist of 12 primary channels (chi rivers), 8 vessels (chi reservoirs) and thousands of small chi channels, which allow the chi to reach the skin and bone marrow. In this circuit the 12 major organs are connected and mutually related through these channels.
At least 5000 years ago, the Chinese discovered that pressing certain points on the body relieved pain where it occurred and also benefited other parts of the body more remote from the pain. It was discovered that some soldiers who had been injured with arrows would find relief from past ailments or areas of the body not related to the injury. Physicians of the time began a meticulous mapping of these points. Further contributions were made by individuals whose awareness was raised to such a level as to be able to "feel" where the bodies of people in pain were constricted and sense which trigger points would alleviate the problem.
In the 1960s, Professor Kim Bong Han and a team of researchers in Korea attempted to document the existence of the meridian pathways using micro-dissection techniques. What they found was evidence of an independent series of duct like tubes that corresponded with the traditional Meridian pathways. They observed fluids flowing in
these ducts, which sometimes traveled in the same direction as blood and lymph vessels, but at other times it would flow in opposite directions. This indicated that the ducts operated separately of the other systems.
Researcher Pierre de Verne Joul began experimentation's on the meridian system by injecting a radioactive isotope into pressure points on different parts of the body. He tracked these isotopes using a Gamma imaging Camera. What he found was that these isotopes would travel about 12" along the traditional meridian pathways within about 4 to 6 minuets. To check his research he also injected the isotopes into random blood and
lymph vessels on the body and achieved significantly different results.
In ancient China, people had very little knowledge about electricity they only knew that when a needle was inserted into a pressure point, some other kind of energy besides heat was produced which often caused a shock or tingling sensation. It was not until the last few decades, when the Chinese people were more acquainted with electromagnetic science that they began to recognize that this energy circulating in the body called Chi might be the same thing that today's science calls bio-electric energy. It is now understood that the human body is constructed of many different electrically conductive materials, and that it forms a living electromagnetic field and circuit. Electromagnetic energy is constantly being produced in the body through biochemical reactions in food
and air assimilation, and circulated by electromotive forces within the body.
In addition you are constantly being affected by external electromagnetic forces such as
that of the Earth or the electrical field created by the clouds.
During the 1960s, several investigators discovered that bones are piezoelectric; (that is, when they are stressed, mechanical energy is converted to electrical energy). This might explain one of the practices of Marrow Washing Qigong in which the stress on the bones and muscles is increased in certain ways to increase Chi circulation.
In his book "The Body Electric" by Dr. Robert O. Becker, he reports that it is presently believed that food and water are the fuels, which generate the electricity in the body through biochemical reactions. This electricity which is circulated throughout the body by means of electrically conductive tissue, is one of the main energy sources which keep the cells of the physical body alive
Whenever you are injured or sick, your bioelectric circulation is affected. If that circulation stops, you die. Bioelectric energy not only sustains life, but is responsible for repairing physical damage. Richard Levitan, author of "Healing With Nature's Energy",Reports that every cell of the human body is able to store electric charges. The blood, the organs, and the individual cells work as small electric batteries. This shows that the body is essentially a big battery, which is assembled from millions of smaller batteries. All these batteries work together to form the human electromagnetic field.
Much of the research on the body's electrical field relates to acupuncture. For example, the conductivity of the skin is much higher at pressure points, and it is now possible to locate them precisely by measuring the skins conductivity.
Albert L. Huebner, author of "Life's Invisible Current" says that the presents of the body's electromagnetic field could explain some of the "miracles" which have been attributed to the practice of Qigong. "These demonstrations of the body electricity in human beings may offer a new explanation of an ancient healing practice. If weak
external fields can produce powerful physiological effects, it may be that fields from the human tissues in one person are capable of producing clinical improvements in another. In short the method known as the laying on of hands may be an especially subtle form of electrical stimulation.
Since the 1950s, a great number of studies were done on the electrical properties of the meridian system. Mostly they focused on Galvanic Skin Response (the change in the electrical properties of the skin following stimulation) of the meridian pathways and the pressure points. These studied went mostly unverified. In the 1970s Robert O. Becker, M.D. and biophysicist Maria Reichman were able to prove that electrical current does flow through the meridian system and that 25% of the accupressure points existed along those scientifically measurable lines. They reasoned that the pressure points acted as amplifiers to boost the minute electrical signals as they traveled through the body, and that insertion of needles could interfere with that flow, thus blocking pain. Dr. Becker suggested that the other points could simply be too weak to register on their equipment, or have a different purpose or link to the meridian system.
In their book "Electromagnetism and Life", Robert Becker and Andrew A Marino said, "The most basic question concerning acupuncture is whether there is a physical basis for the system of points and meridians. Such a foundation would provide a potential explanation for the reported effects as well as a logical framework for further studies. Otherwise, one would be left only with theories based on hypothesis or suggestion.
Our interest in acupuncture arose out of the concept of the electrical control system regulating growth and healing.
Such a system would receive and transmit signals that indicated the occurrence of injury. Injury signals are usually equated with the perception of pain. Since the relief of pain is a major effect produced by acupuncture, we theorized that the points and meridians might play a role. If so, they should have electrical characteristics that differ
from (separate) control points. We undertook a series of controlled laboratory measurements to study this possibility.
We found that approximately one-half of the points measured were local resistance minimal (lower conductive resistance) when compared to the surrounding tissue. In later studies, we found that AC impedance also differed: the equivalent series resistance between acupuncture points was lower than between non-acupuncture control points. Furthermore, the resistance between two meridian (but not acupuncture) points was lower than that between two control points. Thus, both acupuncture points and meridians exhibited electrical characteristics that differed from those of control points."
A growing body of evidence implicates endorphins (naturally occurring, pain killing, morphine-like substances found in the body) in acupuncture analgesia. At present, two points have been clearly established: first, the classical acupuncture system, at least in part, has unique electrical characteristics which establish its objective
physiological reality; and second, it induces analgesia by stimulating release of endorphins, the body's naturally produced analgesics.
In 1997, the FDA reclassified accupressure needles from experimental to medical
devices, bolstering accupressure medicine as a safe and effective medical treatment.

Bibliography:
"The Dictionary of Alternative Medicine" 2nd edition
Burton Goldberg

"The Essence of Shaolin White Crane"
by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

"The Body Electric"
by Dr. Robert O. Becker

"Electromagnetism & Life"
by Dr. Robert O. Becker and Andrew A Marino

"Life's Invisible Current"
By Albert L Huebner

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Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 11, 2005 at 06:24:29:

In Reply to: Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing posted by gabriella [180.890] on April 10, 2005 at 03:23:04:

Thanks, Gabriella.

Walt



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Posted by gabriella [180.890] on April 11, 2005 at 22:49:16:

In Reply to: Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing Archive. posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 11, 2005 at 06:24:29:

You're very welcome Walt! Unfortunately two of my three links didn't come out on the first try. I pasted the first one again below. The third one discusses a bio-energy test that is done by a naturopath on the east coast. Minutes after I went to his website it went down. I'll post more info on the topic when I come across it.

gabriella



Re: Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 12, 2005 at 08:49:19:

In Reply to: Re: Bioelectric energy: Understanding, manipulating, and healing Archive. posted by gabriella [180.890] on April 11, 2005 at 22:49:16:

Thanks, Gabs.

Walt

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