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Science Finally Proves Meridians Exist

By Azriel ReShel on Wednesday April 20th, 2016

What the Merging of Spirituality and Science means for you

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner.

For centuries the ancient wisdom keepers and healers in several traditions had a keen understanding of the energetic body. The healing traditions from China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well as other countries all spoke of energy channels, meridians or nadis along which the vital energy flowed.

Life was considered to be a bio-electrical and vibrational energy phenomenon and so health revolved around balancing energy through various means. Life existed because of life force and energy running through and animating the body, ensuring we can move, breathe, digest food, think and even feel.

Healing traditions all spoke of energy channels, meridians or Nadis.Healing traditions all spoke of energy channels, sen, meridians or nadis.

Energy channels

This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72 000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.


While it may seem a little airy fairy to some to consider the energy body while we have flesh and bone, at source we are an energy field, embedded into another energy field. Our bodies are electromagnetic in nature and science has measured these frequencies with advanced machines, like EKG’s and MRI scanning, for many years. Numerous studies demonstrate these energy pathways and points conduct electricity even when needles aren’t used. And the massage technique of Shiatsu have been found to stimulate the same energetic effects. Similarly, Qigong,Tai Chi and the postures of yoga, have been found to increase electrical conductance at acupoints, yet science never believed in the existence of meridians until now.

A range of healing traditions including acupuncture,are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways.A range of healing traditions are founded on the principle of the meridians.

Scientific research

Recently scientists at Seoul National University confirmed the existence of meridians, which they refer to as the “primo-vascular system.” They say that this system is a crucial part of the cardiovascular system.

Previously, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han proposed that he had found meridians in the early 1960’s.  Dr Kim Bong-Han showed over 50 years ago that new tubular structures exist inside and outside of blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, as well as on the surface of internal organs and under the dermis. He believed they were the traditional meridian lines. The meridians were called Bonghan ducts or channels, after his research, but now the existence of this system in various organs has been corroborated by further research.

The current Korean researchers now believe the primo-vascular system is in fact the physical component of the Acupuncture Meridian System. And it has also been suggested that this system is involved in channelling the flow of energy and information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic waves of light) and DNA.

DNAimageThere may be a link between the meridians and energy and information relayed by DNA.

The Korean scientists studying oriental medicine with biophysical methods injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridians. By injecting the dye onto acupuncture points, they were able to see thin lines. These did not show up at non-acupuncture point sites where there are no meridians. The researchers discovered that the meridian lines are not confined to the skin, but are in fact a concrete duct system through which liquid flows, and that this liquid aggregates to form stem cells.

Previously, scientists used a combination of imaging techniques and CT scans to observe concentrated points of microvascular structures that clearly correspond to the map of acupuncture points created by Chinese energy practitioners in ancient times. In a study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, researchers used contrast CT imaging with radiation on both non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points. The CT scans revealed clear distinctions between the non-acupuncture point and acupuncture point anatomical structures.

Scientists injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridiansScientists injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridians.

The meridian system

There are 12 primary paired meridians and two single mid meridians, six yang and six yin. The yang meridians run down the body and the yin meridians flow up the body. Each meridian is also related to an element. Each meridian is most active at a certain time of the day or night and each meridian is influenced by an element or season.

The nature of meridians, in their elemental structure, and as vessels for the life force, show the intricacy and profound connection of our body at a cellular level, to the universe. We are intimately connected by the elements, energetic structure and flow of energy, to all life, at a cellular, physical level. Our earth is also said to have energetic pathways or ley lines, akin to meridians.

The map of acupuncture points was created by Chinese healing practitioners nearly 2000 years agoThe map was created by Chinese healing practitioners nearly 2000 years ago.

How are meridians related to health?

Our bodies need balance. A balanced flow or energy, not too much or too little, is conducive to good health. This is the same in the way we live our lives. Balance is paramount. Just enough food, water and a healthy balanced lifestyle. As the Buddha said: “middle way” or moderation in all things.

We can see this harmony and balance in life, as the balance between the energies of yin and yang – or more simplistically, masculine and feminine – the two opposing and catalyzing energies of the universe.

In our bodies we need balance, so a balanced flow or energy, not too much or too little.In our bodies we need balance, not too much or too little.

Our health is vibrant if there is harmony and balance between these two forces in the body. If the balance is disturbed, and the flow of one of these forces becomes greater than the other then illness arises. These forces or energies flow through very definite channels in the body, or meridians, and these are the body’s healing energy pathways.

In traditional Indian medicine, the meridians are expanded upon.There are nadis found within the physical body and these nadis make up the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the respiratory system, the lymphatic systems, etc. Any blockages in these nadis can result in physical health conditions. Nadis can also be found in the subtle body where they carry thoughts, feelings, and nerve impulses. When these nadis are blocked, we lose our ability to feel, and connect deeply with others, the environment and ourselves. In the same way that veins and arteries are important for the body to function, nadis weave through our physical nerves and the matrix of consciousness that circuits the mind and self, supporting our physical expression from the otherworldly dimensions of existence.

YinYangChi is made up of two kinds of forces, yin and yang.

When the flow of energy is blocked, it causes low energy and illness. Practices like yoga and meditation work on these subtle energy channels, supporting the flow of energy through the body. According to some ancient indian texts there are 350 000 nadis or energy pathways in the body. In traditional Indian medicine and spiritual science, the energies of the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body are said to flow through the nadis. Within this framework, the nadis are said to connect at special points of intensity called nadichakras.

The three most important nadis are those running along the spine: ida, pingala and sushumna. The Sushumna is the central channel of energy in the human body and it runs from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and carries kundalini energy, which is the primal evolutionary force. Kundalini is awakened through yoga and meditation and is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine. Activation of the kundalini leads to higher consciousness states. The aim of yoga is to broaden the sushumna and to unite the pathways. Purifying all three nadis leads to overall health, and wellness of body and mind, as well as spiritual growth. Various Pranayama techniques aid in helping to keep these nadi channels open.

The three most important nadis are those running along the spine: ida, pingala and sushunma.The three most important nadis are those running along the spine: ida, pingala and sushunma.

If you are sensitive to energy and have had energy treatments, such as acupuncture, you may have felt streams of energy or a flow of cold or heat, for example, up the legs or arms. This is a freeing up of energy in the meridians and the flow of energy that is released when a blockage is removed.

There are many wonderful healing modalities based on the meridian system that support radiant health. By enhancing the flow of energy through the body, balance and health is achieved and we come in touch with our true selves. Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality used in China as early as the late stone age. It was used to treat all ailments affecting people. Acupuncture did not enter modern Western consciousness until the 1970’s when China ended a period of isolation and resumed foreign political and cultural contacts.

The range of applications for acupuncture has grown slowly in the West, possibly because of the belief that it has no scientific basis.  Perhaps now with the scientific proof of meridians, acupuncture will become more widespread for all ailments, along with other great healing modalities based on the energetics of the body, supporting more people to have vibrant health and wellbeing.

Azriel ReShel

Writer, Editor, Yoga Teacher & Healing Facilitator

 

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Arawra
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Arawra

Yes, lets believe a North Korean scientist about a “difference in structures” at certain points in the body which obviously must be meridians.

Tori Hamblin
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Tori Hamblin

South Korean, and why shouldn’t we. It took me about 30 seconds to find a handful of articles. I’m still skeptical, but the structures do seem to exist, though we don’t know what they do.

Arawra
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Arawra

“Previously, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han proposed that he had found meridians in the early 1960’s.”

Because of the cult of personality and psuedo-science the country produces.

Kevin Zabow
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Kevin Zabow

Seoul is in South Korea which is very modern and totaly different to North Korea. It’s University is ranked 36 in the world by modern and Western standards. Higher than most Western Universities and higher than 85% of all universitis in the world. Acupuncture is in just about every hospital in the USA so if Scientists in the West have any reservations about the research they are are likely to try to prove it right or wrong.

Rusel Last
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obviously doesnt have to be at all …

Luci Bloom
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Luci Bloom

I feel that western medicine will not take seriously the findings of korean scientists…even if they really do exist.

Kevin Zabow
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Kevin Zabow

Seoul in South Korea which is very different to North Korea was ranked 36 in University rankings last year. Higher than most Unis in the West. American universities are highly likely to conduct the same experiment for confirmation if they have any reservations about it coming from Asia.

Gra
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Gra

Yeah, as long as they stick to building better appliances and cars, and winning prizes in science.. Here’s a newsflash for you: the US healthcare research market only takes things that are funded by pharma and durable med equipment and patentable techniques seriously. In the US, science need not apply,

Yg Blyker
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Yg Blyker

Is there a study published from Seoul University? I can’t find it. The picture of the supposed meridian with injected dye is a blue cloth fiber on a microscope slide.

Otak
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Otak

Indeed. How convenient that this article fails to present any references to support the assertions made.

Ryan Eller
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Ryan Eller

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points

There’s one link in the article and it takes you to this site, where all the references are.

Melly
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Melly

That’s the Chinese study of acupuncture points referenced, not a link to any information that “Recently scientists at Seoul National University confirmed the existence of meridians.”

Martin Eisele
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Martin Eisele
Bexytea
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Bexytea
EMac61
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Laura Graham
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Laura Graham

Thank you so much for providing the scientific studies related to this article.

Ryan Eller
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Ryan Eller

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points

There’s one link in the article and it takes you here, where all the references are.

Ilia Blandina
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Ilia Blandina

It’s not a blue cloth fiber. Check out this slide show http://www.slideshare.net/thorntonstreeter/primo-vascularmeridian-system-2016

Arananthi
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Arananthi
Bexytea
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Bexytea

https://www.cecity.com/aoa/jaoa_mag/2016/jan_16/12.pdf was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. I think you will find it is fully academically referenced. A simple search on Google Scholar using the terms, “primo vascular system” produces approximately 11 pages full of results, even if you click the filter “since 2016”.. I suggest you sharpen your research skills before you speak.

Tad Blarney
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Tad Blarney

“Osteopathic” is not science.

Trevor Howarth
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Trevor Howarth

Osteopathic Association lol!

Menahem
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Menahem

Can you cite this study? Otherwise it does not exist.

Ryan Eller
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Ryan Eller

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points

There’s one link in the article and it takes you to this webpage, where all the references are.

Martin Eisele
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Martin Eisele
denise
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denise

This is an excellent article!!! Clearly explaining ‘ chi’.
For those non-believers….. Don’t forget this….. You might need it someday.

Rusel Last
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no it isnt and doesnt!

Trevor Howarth
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Trevor Howarth

It is not about belief it is about evidence!

Ovi Wan-Kenobi
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Ovi Wan-Kenobi

please provide link to the study from the Seoul University

EMac61
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I found this one: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/725989/

Quote “Acknowledgment…
This research was supported in part by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Grant no. 2013R1A1A2008343).”

Ovi Wan-Kenobi
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Ovi Wan-Kenobi

thank you but this research paper (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/725989) is not a proof of meridians at all.
sadly it looks to me that this article is another fake looking for hits on the web… sad.

Agnese
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Agnese
Ovi Wan-Kenobi
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Ovi Wan-Kenobi

thank you.

Trevor Howarth
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Trevor Howarth

Not good when the abstract starts off with a logical fallacy! Appeal to tradition. The whole thing smells of Woo

Alan F
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Alan F

Woo

Bexytea
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Bexytea

https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?start=10&q=primo+vascular+system&hl=en&as_sdt=0,33&as_ylo=2016

Here are all the publications since 2016 which support the existence of the primo vascular system.. Google Scholar. Use it, moron.

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