I often tell patients that acupuncture is an energy medicine, but what does that mean? Ever since Einstein’s work in physics, energy defines just about everything. The two-hundred-year-old concept of the body as a machine (based on Newtonian physics) is a model that does not work well any more knowing Einsteinian quantum model. The human organism, as also that of the animal, is now understood to be a series of interacting, multi-dimensional energy fields. If we are beings of energy, it follows that we can be affected by energy.
The currently held theory is that we are a physical body and an etheric body. Etheric is the frequency band just beyond the physical, which vibrates at speeds beyond light velocity and has a magnetic character. The etheric body communicates with the electrically based matter of cells of the physical body through various energetic systems, such as the meridian system of acupuncture. In other words, the meridian system is the key interfacing system between the etheric and the physical.
Western medicine has ignored descriptions of etheric components of physiology because their existence could never be documented by anatomical dissection or under the microscope. But Western technology has evolved to the point that confirmations of subtle energy systems exist. If our energy systems become imbalanced, there may be resulting pathological symptoms which manifest on the physical, mental, and emotional planes. Energy medicines such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, the healing through the chakras, Reiki, and others are the means which can both heal and predict diseases.
Medicine practiced today sees the body as an intricate mechanism, or the ultimate biological computer and doctors have invented and duplicated mechanical replacements to take over an ailing organ. Advancements in biomedical technology have come up with a great variety of spare parts to replace diseased parts. However, the knowledge of how to reverse or prevent many diseases is still lacking. Energy medicine views the body as dynamic systems coming from the Einsteinian theory that energy and matter are dual expressions of the same universal substance. This universal substance is a primal energy of which we are all composed. Healing the body through manipulation of this vibrational or energetic level of substance is the new medicine.
By using the Einsteinian viewpoint of matter as energy, we can comprehend new ways of viewing health and illness. Instead of drugs or surgery, the new medicine attempts to treat with energy. The key to treating diseases lies in the realm of re-patterning the energy fields. It turns out that we are more than just flesh and bones, cells and proteins. We are in dynamic equilibrium with a universe of energy and light of many different frequencies and forms.
Every cell in the body contains the master DNA library on how to create an entire human being; however, the basic viewpoint of life would be incomplete without acknowledging the vital forces which animate and breathe life into the living systems. Humans and animals are more than the sum of their parts, or a pile of chemicals. Every organism is dependent upon a subtle vital force which creates synergism through a unique organization of molecular components. The vital force creates order, builds and rebuilds and is constantly renewing its cellular vehicle of expression. In energy medicine, a living being is regarded as greater than the sum of its parts. Although these subtle forces may be hard to accept by Western medical physicians, scientists and researchers have discovered forces that do not fit into the conventional model. There is evidence that suggests there is an energy template associated with the physical body. The template (also called the etheric body) looks similar to the physical body and carries information which guides the growth of the physical structures from the first days of the fetus on through adult life. Should damage or disease occur, this template holds the data for repair. Research suggests that the physical body is completely connected and dependent on the etheric body so much in fact that if it, the etheric body, becomes distorted, physical disease results.
Communication between the two - the template and the physical body - is through energy exchange by specific channels. These channels allow the flow of energy information to move from one system to another. One set of channels is the meridian system of acupuncture.
To digress somewhat, research has determined the existence of acupuncture points and meridians. When radioactive material is injected into acupuncture points, the uptake of the isotope was followed and seen to migrate along classic acupuncture meridian paths. (Injection of the same isotope into random points on the skin as well as in venous and lymphatic sites did not demonstrate similar results.) These studies present the meridians as unique and separate from pathways of the venous, nervous and lymphatic systems. Further research suggests that the meridian system appears to be divided into a superficial and a deeper system. The deep system is further subdivided into subsystems. One of the deep systems is made of free floating ducts or tubules within the vascular and lymphatic vessels, penetrating the vessel walls at entry and exit points. The fact that these ducts enter and leave and their fluid sometimes flows with and sometimes against the vessel fluid suggests to researchers that the “information” in these ducts is different than the “ information ” in the vascular and lymphatic systems, even predating them in terms of fetal development.
A second and third series of tubules or ducts has been discovered along the surface of the internal organs. And a fourth was found distributed in the central and peripheral nervous system. All are interconnected. Specific ductules even reach cell nuclei. Fluid extracted from these tubules shows concentrations of DNA, RNA, amino acids, nucleotides, adrenaline, corticosteroids, and hormonal substances in levels far above ordinary levels in the blood stream.
One important fact that emerges is the importance of continuous meridian flow to particular organs. It was found that when the meridian going to the liver was severed, subsequent microscopic changes happened to the liver tissue. Hepatocytes (liver cells) enlarged and their cytoplasm became very turbid. Within a short span of three days serious vascular degeneration took place throughout the whole liver. These studies tend to confirm classic acupuncture theory that the meridians provide a specialized nutritive flow to organs.
Embryology studies have determined that the meridian system was formed within 15 hours of conception, long before rudimentary organs have been formed. The completed spatial orientation of the meridian system occurs earlier than organ formation suggesting that the meridian system exerts an influence upon the migration and spatial orientation of the internal organs, and since it connects to each cell’s genetic control center, the meridian system may play an important role in replication and differentiation of cells.
All of this information about the meridian system and acupuncture points suggests that the system provides a type of road map or guidance system to developing cells and is the first link established between the etheric body and the developing physical body.
Because the meridian system is so intimately connected with both the template and the physical body, changes in the etheric structure can precede pathological changes or illness of the physical body. Illness can be caused by energetic imbalances within the meridians and meridian changes can reflect dysfunction that has already occurred at the etheric level. The integrity and balance of the system is crucial to the health of the body. We can understand the meridian system holding the key not only to therapeutic routes of intervention if a disease state occurs but is also an early detection system of disease.
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