A new scientific study has recently confirmed the existence of meridians, which researchers have referred to as the “primo-vascular system”.
According to scientists at Seoul National University, this system is a crucial part of the cardiovascular system.
As part of the study, researchers 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 had 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 report 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.
However, this is not the only scientific study to point to the existence of meridians. North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han proposed that he had found meridians, in the 1960s.
Earlier this year, a study by Dr. Morry Silberstein from the Curtin University of Technology was published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology.
He discovered that the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin disrupts the branching point of nerves called C fibres. These C fibres transmit low-grade sensory information over very long distances by using Merkel cells as intermediaries.
According to Dr. Silberstein, scientists have known, for some time, that the acupuncture points show lower electrical resistance than other nearby areas of the skin.
His research revealed that the C fibres actually branch exactly at acupuncture points.
Although scientists don’t know exactly what role C fibres play in the nervous system, Dr. Silverstein believes that the bundle of nerves exists to maintain arousal or wakefulness.
In addition, acupuncture for pain relief is actually being taught to American Air Force physicians deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (2009) by Dr. Richard Niemtzow MD, PhD, MPH and editor of Medical Acupuncture.
His technique is called “Battlefield Acupuncture” and alleviates severe pain for several days. It is a variation of acupuncture, which inserts very tiny semi-permanent needles at specific acupoints on the skin of the ear that blocks pain signals from reaching the brain.
Since the 1970s, a few other controlled studies on acupuncture have been conducted in the West.
Another famous study was published on August 12, 2000 by Yale researchers who proved its effectiveness for cocaine addiction. The results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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