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The Science Behind LifeWave Technology and Energy Meridians
For those of you who might be interested in learning a little more about LifeWave patches and how they work I thought I would pass on this information supplied by the company this week.
I received the information in an email as I have used a number of the patches and found them to be quite helpful, particularly the energy enhancer, glutathione (Y-Age), and Silents Nights products. I'm not suggesting by any means these products will cure chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, autism, or any other environmental illness....but in my own experience they can certainly provide an effective means of drug-free symptom relief and improvements in well-being and daily functioning.
LifeWave patches purportedly work on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - specifically the system of energy meridians said to carry Qi (life force/energy) around the body. In essence the patches work in the same way as acupuncture - but are obviously more practical to use.
There has been much debate over whether energy meridians actually exist and whether TCM is effective so LifeWave has provided links to a number of scientific studies appearing to demonstrate using modern technology that these meridians are real. See Fifth Geek for tech information.
I'll let you make up your own minds and please feel free to comment on the subject below:
Information Provided by LifeWave
There are various articles proving the existence of meridian channels throughout the body, and some of this evidence has been documented for over fifteen years. We thought you could benefit from the research that validates the existence of meridians - and learn what ancient Chinese medicine has known about for thousands of years!
Here is a brief summary of some notable research articles. The abstracts for these articles can be found on www.PubMed.gov, a resource website provided by the United States National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
In a 1993 study from the Fujian Institute of TCM, researchers used infrared imaging to map meridian channels over the surface of the body. Sampling the infrared signals of "isoenergy" radiated from the body surface, results showed that "594 lines of radiant track have been recorded, [and] their courses coincided or basically coincided with that of the classical Fourteen Meridians" (Hu X, Wu B, Wang P. [Displaying of meridian courses travelling over human body surface under natural conditions] Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 1993;18(2):83-89).
Click here to read the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8070048
In a related study, the same researchers found that of 164 recorded infrared radiant tracks, approximately 40% travelled down the midline of the back and generally coincided with the Governing Vessel meridian and Urinary Bladder meridian. Also, the intensity of radiation varied within the region (Hu X, Wu B, Wang P. [Displaying of the infrared radiant track along meridians on the back of human body] Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 1993;18(2):89, 90-93).
Click here to read the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8070049
In a 2005 summary article, researchers analyzed 29 studies that used various methods to detect the biophysical characteristics of meridians. The results clearly showed that "meridians and acupoints objectively exist" (Tu Y, Wei Y. [Advances of studies on the biophysical characteristics of channels and acupoints] Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2005 Nov;25(11):817-819).
Click the link to read the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16335213
In a 2007 study using infrared thermal imaging, researchers observed for the first time the "time dependent evolution of the infrared radiant tracks" along the meridian channels. This gives clear evidence that the radiant energy of each meridian changes over time and offer new possibilities in the evaluation of meridians and their acupoints (Chen L, Hu X, Li H, et al. [Appearance of human meridian-like structure and acupoints and its time correlation by infrared imaging] American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2007;35(2):231-240).
Click here to read the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17436364