The human body is not only comprised of organs, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, etc. It also has a well defined network of channels which allow energy to flow throughout the body. These energy channels connect the organs and other tissues together. In oriental medicine these channels of energy are referred to as acupuncture meridians, and "Qi" is energy which flows through the channels. The energy in the acupuncture meridians moves throughout the channel network, is actually measurable, and has been researched. In 1951 Dr. Yoshio Nakatani presented his research and theory of RYODORAKU Acupuncture.
Dr. Nakatani had found that there were a series of low electrical resistance points (or high electrical conductivity) running up and down the body which matched the acupuncture meridians. Dr. Nakatani was the first doctor to measure the electrical activity of acupuncture points and the first to create diagnostic and acupuncture therapy criteria from these measurements.
But the story doesn't end there. The author Dr. Robert O. Becker, has observed this same phenomenon in his medical research, and then wrote about this in his book, The Body Electric. Dr. Becker has been credited with furthering the science of the study of electric potentials in organisms. His work showed that living organisms and animals show a direct current of electric charge which is measurable from their body surface.
Where are we today? Armed with the knowledge that we can accurately measure the electrical energy on the surface of the body, we can now apply this in the measurement of the electrical activity at specific acupuncture points along the meridians. With advanced measurement tools we can help pinpoint specific issues, choose the most effective treatment strategy, document progress, and show the results of acupuncture with objective testing, thus taking acupuncture diagnosis and treatment to another level.
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