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Meridians -- Fact or Fictions?

In the 1960s, Professor Kim Bong Han Ph.D., and a team of researchers in Korea attempted to document the existence of meridians in the human body using microdissection techniques. They found evidence that there exists an independent series of fine duct-like tubes corresponding to the paths of traditional acupuncture meridians. Fluids in this system sometimes travel in the same direction as the blood and lymph, but at other times may flow in the opposite direction. They realized that these ducts were different from the vascular and lymphatic systems that Western science had previously identified, and that the meridians themselves might exist within them.[i]

The existence of the meridian system was further established by French researcher Dr. Pierre deVernejoul, M.D., Ph.D. at Paris University, who injected radioactive isotopes into the acupoints of humans and tracked their movement with a special gamma imaging camera. The isotopes traveled 12 inches along acupuncture meridians within four to six minutes. Dr. de Vernejoul then challenged his work by injecting isotopes into blood vessels at random areas of the body rather than into acupoints. The isotopes did not travel in the same manner at all, further indicating that the meridians do indeed comprise a system of separate pathways within the body.[ii]

In 1997, acupuncture's credibility as a viable medic treatment was bolstered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which reclassified the acupuncture needle from "experimental" to "medical device" status, thereby acknowledging that the acupuncture needle is a safe and effective medical instrument. Also in 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released an efficacy statement endorsing acupuncture for a variety of conditions, including post-operative pain, dental pain fol­lowing surgery, nausea associated with chemotherapy, morning sickness, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The FDA estimates that Americans make 9 to 12 million visits per year to acupuncturists annually.[iii]

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[i] R. Gerber, M.D., Vibrational Medicine (Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Company, 1988)

[ii] P. De Verbejoul et al. “Study of Acupuncture Meridians Using Radioactive Tracers.” Bulletin de L’Academie Nationale de Medicine (October 22, 1985), 1071-1075.

[iii] C.D. Lytle. An Overview of Acupuncture (Washington, DC: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Sciences Branch, Division of Life Sciences, Office of Science and Technology.  Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 1993).

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