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Meridians and Stable Water ClustersPhysics and Health: A Picture Book
By Shui Yin Lo
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IntroductionI am Dr. Shui Yin Lo, a quantum, mathematical and theoretical physicist. I have lectured and taught all over the world and am the founder and director of Quantum Health Research Institute (QHRI), a nonprofit research organization. QHRI's purpose is the study of the correlation between Stable Water Clusters (SWCs) and health. However, as we gathered thousands of infrared images for our SWCs study, we saw, in image after image, lines and points that were very close to those found in traditional meridian theory. We began to believe that we might be able to establish visual proof of the existence of meridians, which would be a major step towards the integration of Western medicine's great capacity to cure quickly and Eastern medicine's focus on prevention and health maintenance.
What are meridians? They are a network, resembling a giant web, that links different areas of the body together, creating a complex and comprehensive body map that supplies vital energy to every part of the body. This vital energy is called qi (chi).
As most of you know, the Western medical community and insurance companies have been reluctant to accept meridian-based practices such as acupuncture, acupressure and the more recently-developed Emotional Freedom Technique, which involves tapping key meridian points. Without this acceptance, many people are denied access to techniques that have been proven to reduce pain and that focus on early intervention and disease prevention.
But why haven't they accepted meridians? A primary reason is that meridians cannot be seen, even through strong microscopes. Even practitioners of Eastern medicine often assert that meridians have no physical structure, a belief demonstrated in the following excerpts:
"Meridians are energy channels. They can be likened to the wiring of a house, or the veins and arteries through which our blood flows, except that they have no discrete physical structure."
"According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body's vital energy, 'qi,' circulates through the body along specific interconnected channels called meridians. There is no physically verifiable anatomical or histological proof of their existence, though research has shown how transmission of information experienced as qi could be possible through the subcutaneous fascia." (http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Articles_Energy_Meridians.html)
By contrast, our research at QHRI using infrared photography has led us to the hypothesis that meridians physically exist. They are made up of a specific kind of water, Stable Water Clusters (SWCs), on which qi rides or flows. Blockages in the meridians prevent the qi from flowing properly within the body and thus can cause or reflect disease. We also believe that meridians can be seen through patterns and temperature changes revealed through thermography or infrared photography.
The above image is taken by our medical-grade infrared camera, which is designed to measure skin temperature. The software that comes with the camera indicates temperature variations by colors. In infrared photography, white is the hottest color, usually indicating serious inflammation; red is next, then orange, then yellow. Green represents a healthy state or neutrality. Blue or black may result when the imaged region is obscured by clothing or hair, or it can indicate a lack of blood in a certain area.
Using infrared photography for meridian research, we look for patterns in the body such as areas that are seen as either hotter or colder than other parts of the body. In the infrared image above, the white and red colors make a line similar in pattern to the lower Gallbladder Meridian as depicted in Chinese medicine,. The idea that meridians can be revealed by infrared imaging is further corroborated by the health questionnaires and information forms filled out by our volunteer subjects. Their health reports often fit with the meridians and acupoints seen in the infrared images, which in turn correspond to traditional meridian theory. In the example above, for instance, issues with the Gallbladder Meridian are indicated. This finding is consistent with the subject's health intake report, which included gallbladder issues.
I am currently working on an exhaustive meridian picture book, filled with many images for each meridian. It will allow readers to see for themselves, point by point, how meridians can be revealed through infrared photography. I have decided to present this book, "Meridians and Stable Water Clusters," featuring a few images for each meridian, in advance of this ambitious project. It is my hope that this publication will encourage more research using infrared photography to establish the existence of meridians.
To understand the images, you need to know a little about the methods we use in conducting our research. In order to understand our procedure, it may be helpful for you to know a bit about my background and how I came to study Stable Water Clusters, meridians, qi and health.
Road to Physics
I was born in mainland China. The revolution caused my family to move to Hong Kong, where I grew up during the 1950s. At that time, Hong Kong was under British rule and was dualistic in character. On one hand was the enormous influence of the Chinese culture, both ancient and modern, and on the other was the Western influences brought by the British. The great differences created by these distinct cultures were constantly before me. Very early on, I determined my mission in life: to unite the very best of both the East and West.
For me, the best of the West was physics. It is, without a doubt, one of the pinnacles of Western civilization in the twentieth century. I was good at math and science, and I had the best of teachers. This is because many of my instructors were the top mathematicians and physicists of mainland China who, unable to find positions in their respective fields, taught high school instead.
With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, I found myself at the University of Chicago working towards a PhD in theoretical particle physics. I spent the next twenty years teaching and researching, primarily at the University of Melbourne in Australia. I was integrated into Western science and busy working and raising a family. I didn't foresee the fork in the road that would lead me towards my work in uniting Eastern medicine and quantum physics.
At forty, I began to feel tired and aware that I was aging. I remembered my life in Hong Kong and the health techniques practiced in my community. One of these was qigonga combination of movement, breathing and visualization that many Chinese people believe improves the way qi moves, thus fostering greater health. That was just what I needed. I signed up for my first qigong class. East was meeting West.
My qigong master was a very great woman. I became a good and consistent student. One day, she gave me a task. She said that I was to find the science behind qigong, behind qi. At that time, in the 1980s, a great deal of empirical evidence was emerging showing that qigong is effective in improving health, but there was no scientific explanation for how it works. To tell you the truth, even I didn't know how qi could be proven scientifically. As I continued to practice qigong daily, my health greatly improved. I was convinced qigong was an important tool and I believed its power had to do with the movement of qi through the body, but I had no way to prove how or why.
Then, in the year 2000, my normal work came to a temporary halt. For once, I had time to think about the task given to me by my qigong master. Why had she asked me, a physicist, to prove that health was connected to qi? A quantum physicist deals with that which is quantum, which is, of course, the smallest amount of a physical quantity that can exist independently. It is an invisible world, often proven through mathematics and experiments. Then it occurred to me that since qi is subatomic, it actually falls under quantum and theoretical physics. I began to examine qi through the lens of quantum mechanics. As often happens in scientific research, many things began to fall into place.
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that qi travels through the body via the meridian system. It seemed to make sense to start with the assumptions that the meridian system exists, that somehow qi moves through this system and that this movement affects health. But how does it do this? This one question required many years of thought and research.
At some point, I became interested in the physics of water. Although most of us see water as a common substance, H2O at the quantum level is very complex. Eventually, my study of water, meridians, qi and health merged into a major hypothesis. This hypothesis asserts that meridians are made up of a specific kind of water, Stable Water Clusters (SWCs). In optimal health, these SWCs are aligned in a straight line. Qi rides on SWCs through the meridians, and health and healing occurs. When SWCs become blocked, the qi does not move easily through these meridians, which challenges healing and health. I began to think that by ingesting SWCs, a blocked meridian might be unblocked. I wondered how I could find out if this were true.
As I was thinking about qi, Stable Water Clusters and meridians, I found several articles stating that researchers had discovered infrared energy emitting from the palms of qigong masters during their sessions. I began to think about infrared waves. At about the same time, I read another article announcing that the military was releasing the patent for a powerful infrared camera designed for use during the Cold War.
Infrared cameras emit no rays; they only capture the temperature on and near the skin. Why would infrared imaging, which measures temperature as seen on the surface of the body, tell us anything about the health of our internal organs and systems? A very simple answer may be found in Eastern meridian theory, which is thousands of years in the making: qi needs to flow. Qi cannot be contained in organs or systems. The meridian system allows for this flow. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, we find the Lung Meridian not in the lungs but in channels that can be detected on several places on the surface of the body.
Our research supports this. For instance, in Chinese medicine, if you look at the heart, you will find one of its corresponding meridians at the crook of the elbow. (See Heart Meridian section.) In our many studies, we found that if our volunteer subjects indicated heart problems on their health intake forms, we would almost invariably see hot areas, indicating inflammation, in the crook of the arm. Since infrared imaging only measures surface temperature, it cannot reveal changes in an organ itself, only changes of temperature in the associated meridians.
I am getting a little ahead of my story. It was just a hypothesis that perhaps we could see a connection between health and meridians through infrared photography. I became convinced that a high-powered infrared camera could help me conduct experiments to determine if drinking Stable Water Clusters could affect health changes.
At this point, I founded the nonprofit Quantum Health Research Institute with the purpose of conducting research to establish the science behind qi and meridians and to study how SWCs might maintain and improve health. To do this, I invested in a new camera with its accompanying software.
The procedure of our studies, which are still ongoing, is to take a set of infrared images, then have the subject drink an 8-ounce glass of SWCs diluted in distilled water. We wait at least 15 minutes and then take another set of images. When compared, the before and after images most often reflect a noticeable rise or fall in temperature.
I have mentioned several times that Stable Water Clusters are a central aspect of the research at QHRI. I am not going into the discovery and impact of SWCs as the book Double Helix Water by David Gann and myself as well as my previous book, The Biophysics Basis for Acupuncture and Health, are dedicated to this subject. What I am focusing on in this book is the visual proof of the existence of acupoints and meridians. To help those unfamiliar with meridian theory, what follows is a very brief description of meridians.
General Description of Meridians
In traditional health and healing practices based on meridians, there are two main governing forces, Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are known as complementary polar forces that are interconnected with each other as well as with the natural world.
In the human body, these forces govern the harmonious balance of the body's emotions, temperature, systems and internal organs. The meridians in the body are divided into Yin and Yang groups. Ren, for example, falls under Yin and connects the Lung, Heart, Pericardium, Spleen, Kidney and Liver Meridians. Ren itself is also a meridian. Du falls under Yang and connects the Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Stomach, Bladder and Gallbladder meridians as well as the San Jiao (Triple Warmer) Meridian. Du is also a meridian.
According to traditional meridian theory, each meridian comes near the body surface in many places. For example, the Kidney Meridian is said to be near the surface in the following areas, among others: under the little toe, near the end of the Bladder Meridian; through the KI-1 acupoint to the inner edge of the foot; inside the anklebone, down the inner part of the leg and intersecting the Spleen Meridian at SP-6. In Eastern medicine, illness is believed to lie not in a specific organ but, rather, in the interconnected channels located throughout the body. These channels, as mentioned earlier, are invisible, even through a microscope.
Practitioners and patients must accept the existence of meridians based on Chinese medicine's venerable history and on present-day success in treatment. But how can meridians be explained to those who have not yet tried meridian-based healing or to those who are skeptical of that which cannot be seen? For this reason, I feel that most alternative and complementary health practitioners would welcome visual proof of meridians.
For this book, I have only focused on a few sections of each meridian, choosing those that are most obvious and that can be seen even by those with no meridian training. I have selected images showing distinct meridian lines that correspond almost exactly to traditional meridian theory. For example, in the Stomach Meridian, we see distinct lines in the face and on the shins. By studying the differences and similarities between the thousands of infrared images we have collected and acupuncture charts used by Chinese medicine practitioners, we have created a standardized representationcalled the Thermo-Meridian Modelof the meridians. The second image in each set of illustrations provided in this book represents the Thermo-Meridian Model.
Our research documents 14 meridians: the Du Meridian, Stomach Meridian, Bladder Meridian, Gallbladder Meridian, Small Intestine Meridian, Large Intestine Meridian, San Jiao (Triple Warmer) Meridian, Heart Meridian, Pericardium Meridian, Lung Meridian, Spleen Meridian, Kidney Meridian, Liver Meridian and the Ren Meridian.
Our method is to provide a set of images for each meridian, which includes an image from a traditional acupuncture chart, the Thermo-Meridian Model and finally an example of an infrared image from our research. Following this sample are several more examples of infrared images from the same meridian. In the examples, the images are marked with "Pre" or "Post." The "Pre" images were taken before the subjects ingested an 8-ounce glass of SWCs diluted in distilled water and applied cream infused with SWCs. The "Post" images were taken at least 15 minutes after treatment.
Any change in color pattern between the two images is attributed to the effect of SWC. We regard the change of color pattern in each example as an indirect support of our assumption that meridians are made up of SWC. If the color patterns were not to change after drinking SWC, then SWC could not have anything to do with the meridians.
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