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Science Finally Proves Meridians Exist

Understanding the 24 hour Chi Cycle

By Azriel ReShel

What the Merging of Spirituality

and Science means for you
“In every culture and in every medical tradition before
ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” –
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Prize
For centuries the ancient wisdom keepers and
healers in several traditions had a keen
understanding of the energetic body. The healing
traditions from China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well
as other countries all spoke of energy channels,
meridians or nadis along which the vital energy
Life was considered to be a bio-electrical and
vibrational energy phenomenon and so health
revolved around balancing energy through various
means. Life existed because of life force and energy
running through and animating the body, ensuring
we can move, breathe, digest food, think and even
Healing traditions all spoke of energy channels, sen,
meridians or nadis.
Energy channels
This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds
of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a
sophisticated network of energy pathways, or
highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago
ancient cultures knew of the existence of these
energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand,
‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in
China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India,
where many eastern healing arts developed, there
were said to be 72 000 nadis or energy pathways.
Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy
flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions,
including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and
yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence
of energy channels or pathways, known as
meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an
expansive network.

While it may seem a little airy fairy to some to

consider the energy body while we have flesh and
bone, at source we are an energy field, embedded
into another energy field. Our bodies are
electromagnetic in nature and science has
measured these frequencies with advanced
machines, like EKG’s and MRI scanning, for many
years. Numerous studies demonstrate these energy
pathways and points conduct electricity even when
needles aren’t used. And the massage technique of
Shiatsu have been found to stimulate the same
energetic effects. Similarly, Qigong,Tai Chi and the
postures of yoga, have been found to increase
electrical conductance at acupoints, yet science
never believed in the existence of meridians until

A range of healing traditions are founded on the

principle of the meridians.
Scientific research
Recently scientists at Seoul National University
confirmed the existence of meridians, which they
refer to as the “primo-vascular system.” They say
that this system is a crucial part of the
cardiovascular system.
Previously, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han
proposed that he had found meridians in the early
1960’s. Dr Kim Bong-Han showed over 50 years
ago that new tubular structures exist inside and
outside of blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, as
well as on the surface of internal organs and under
the dermis. He believed they were the traditional
meridian lines. The meridians were called Bonghan
ducts or channels, after his research, but now the
existence of this system in various organs has been
corroborated by further research.
The current Korean researchers now believe the
primo-vascular system is in fact the physical
component of the Acupuncture Meridian System.
And it has also been suggested that this system is
involved in channelling the flow of energy and
information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic
waves of light) and DNA.

There may be a link between the meridians and energy

and information relayed by DNA.
The Korean scientists studying oriental medicine
with biophysical methods 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
Previously, scientists 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 study 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.
Scientists injected a special staining dye which coloured
the meridians.
The meridian system
There are 12 primary paired meridians and two
single mid meridians, six yang and six yin. The yang
meridians run down the body and the yin meridians
flow up the body. Each meridian is also related to an
element. Each meridian is most active at a certain
time of the day or night and each meridian is
influenced by an element or season.
The nature of meridians, in their elemental structure,
and as vessels for the life force, show the intricacy
and profound connection of our body at a cellular
level, to the universe. We are intimately connected
by the elements, energetic structure and flow of
energy, to all life, at a cellular, physical level. Our
earth is also said to have energetic pathways or ley
lines, akin to meridians.

The map was created by Chinese healing practitioners

nearly 2000 years ago.
How are meridians related to health?
Our bodies need balance. A balanced flow or
energy, not too much or too little, is conducive to
good health. This is the same in the way we live our
lives. Balance is paramount. Just enough food,
water and a healthy balanced lifestyle. As the
Buddha said: “middle way” or moderation in all
We can see this harmony and balance in life, as the
balance between the energies of yin and yang – or
more simplistically, masculine and feminine – the
two opposing and catalyzing energies of the

our bodies we need balance, not too much or too little.
Our health is vibrant if there is harmony and balance
between these two forces in the body. If the balance
is disturbed, and the flow of one of these forces
becomes greater than the other then illness arises.
These forces or energies flow through very definite
channels in the body, or meridians, and these are
the body’s healing energy pathways.
In traditional Indian medicine, the meridians are
expanded upon.There are nadis found within the
physical body and these nadis make up the nervous
system, the circulatory system, the digestive system,
the respiratory system, the lymphatic systems, etc.
Any blockages in these nadis can result in physical
health conditions. Nadis can also be found in the
subtle body where they carry thoughts, feelings, and
nerve impulses. When these nadis are blocked, we
lose our ability to feel, and connect deeply with
others, the environment and ourselves. In the same
way that veins and arteries are important for the
body to function, nadis weave through our physical
nerves and the matrix of consciousness that circuits
the mind and self, supporting our physical
expression from the otherworldly dimensions of

Chi is made up of two kinds of forces, yin and yang.

When the flow of energy is blocked, it causes low
energy and illness. Practices like yoga and
meditation work on these subtle energy channels,
supporting the flow of energy through the body.
According to some ancient indian texts there are 350
000 nadis or energy pathways in the body. In
traditional Indian medicine and spiritual science, the
energies of the physical body, the subtle body and
the causal body are said to flow through the nadis.
Within this framework, the nadis are said to connect
at special points of intensity called nadichakras.
The three most important nadis are those running
along the spine: ida, pingala and sushumna. The
Sushumna is the central channel of energy in the
human body and it runs from the base of the spine
to the crown of the head and carries kundalini
energy, which is the primal evolutionary force.
Kundalini is awakened through yoga and meditation
and is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine.
Activation of the kundalini leads to higher
consciousness states. The aim of yoga is to broaden
the sushumna and to unite the pathways. Purifying
all three nadis leads to overall health, and wellness
of body and mind, as well as spiritual
growth. Various Pranayama techniques aid in
helping to keep these nadi channels open.
The three most important nadis are those running along
the spine: ida, pingala and sushunma.
If you are sensitive to energy and have had energy
treatments, such as acupuncture, you may have felt
streams of energy or a flow of cold or heat, for
example, up the legs or arms. This is a freeing up of
energy in the meridians and the flow of energy that
is released when a blockage is removed.
There are many wonderful healing modalities based
on the meridian system that support radiant health.
By enhancing the flow of energy through the body,
balance and health is achieved and we come in
touch with our true selves. Acupuncture is a
therapeutic modality used in China as early as the
late stone age. It was used to treat all ailments
affecting people. Acupuncture did not enter modern
Western consciousness until the 1970’s when China
ended a period of isolation and resumed foreign
political and cultural contacts.
The range of applications for acupuncture has grown
slowly in the West, possibly because of the belief
that it has no scientific basis. Perhaps now with the
scientific proof of meridians, acupuncture will
become more widespread for all ailments, along with
other great healing modalities based on the
energetics of the body, supporting more people to
have vibrant health and wellbeing.

Understanding the 24 hour Chi Cycle

By Azriel ReShel
How to live in Harmony with the Flow of Chi
through your Body
The ancient Chinese have a super sophisticated
traditional medicine system that supports health and
vitality. Part of this system is a Chi Cycle that charts
the flow of chi or energy through your body over a
24-hour period, showing the journey of the chi or life
force which rests in different organs at specific times
of the day. Chinese medicine suggests that by
following this pattern of the chi voyage through the
organs and matching your activities to relate to the
qualities of the organs, you will always be in a flow
with life. In fact by following the natural flow of your
body’s energy cycles, you will create radiant health,
abundant energy and even enhance your life
So what is Chi? Chi is the ultimate source of energy.
It is the life force or cosmic energy and it flows
through all of life; through our bodies, igniting our
minds, our hearts and through the plants, animals,
trees, rivers and the wind. The ancient sages of
Taoism mapped out life patterns by spending time
observing how the stars, seasons and the natural
world moved. They discovered that chi flows through
the cosmos from the largest of planets to the tiniest
molecules in a rhythmical cycle which is the chi
cycle. Actually chi is energy, information and
consciousness, not the simple one dimensional
Western translation of “energy.” To be in harmony
with this tremendous force is revolutionary for your
life. You can move from wandering around in a
random trajectory, and can catapult yourself directly
into alignment with Life itself.
Chi is the ultimate source of energy.
Acupuncturist, chi cycle expert and author of The
Perfect Day Plan, Jost Sauer, says Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed a lifestyle in
which everything we do, from eating to sleeping to
sex, builds chi and creates health.
“The ultimate aim of Taoism and Chinese medicine is to
reorganise our consciousness and put us on a path that
enables us to develop from ordinary people into cosmic
beings. Chi is the secret ingredient in this and you could
say the chi-cycle, the 24-hour flow of cosmic energy, is
the recipe. The Taoists understood that the universe is a
massive chi-matrix, a web of interconnectivity, and that
following the chi-cycle is the means by which we can
link into it. Once we do this, our destiny becomes clear
and the impossible becomes possible.” – Jost Sauer.
destiny becomes clear and the impossible becomes
What is the Chi Cycle?
Chi courses through us in the same endless 24 hour
cycle. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, energy flows
through our 12 main meridians or energetic
pathways, in two hour blocks. It spends two hours in
each of our organs and there are certain things we
can do at specific times to catch the cosmic
momentum and thereby increase our health and
happiness. By moving in tune with the cosmic flow
rather than against it, you are not exploiting your
own resources which separate yin and yang, or
unbalancing them.
“A happy life is one of movement and rhythm and I think
of these eight segments as an eight-bar beat, a pulse, an
endlessly engaging trance rhythm which creates the
foundation for limitless complex harmonies. Doing the
same things at the same time and in the same order
every day creates the beat. So if you usually wake up at
8am, for example, start your routine then. Focus on
establishing rhythm then slowly shift the entire routine
to start earlier. This scheduled lifestyle might be
sounding very un-mystical but, having researched the
chi-cycle extensively and lived in harmony with it for
years, I know that, over time, this repetition creates the
foundation for a life that feels totally spontaneous. Also,
one that allows you to fulfil your destiny.” – Jost Sauer.

In Chinese Traditional medicine, energy flows through

our 12 main meridians or energetic pathways.
One of the keys of the chi cycle is waking earlier,
and the rituals we engage in during this more
introspective and transformative time of the day. It is
a time when we are open to Divine guidance and
inspiration. So by working in harmony with our chi
cycle we can create more inspiration and clarity in
our lives.
“Also resist the temptation to wake and immediately
check messages, emails or Facebook on your phone or
some other communication device. The moment you do
this (or read the paper, listen to the radio or watch TV)
you are affirming that the mundane affairs of the
physical world are more important than your purpose
and destiny. You are confirming to the universe that
other people’s ideas and /or gossip have priority over
the evolution of your soul. You’ll feel scattered and off-
path for the day ahead and drift away from happiness
and towards misery.”
Resist the temptation to wake and immediately check
messages, emails or Facebook.
The Connection Between the Organs and the
In Chinese medicine each organ in our body is
related to a particular element and emotion. The
emotions are considered the major internal causes
of disease in TCM. A normal internal physiological
response to external stimuli is fine, but when
emotions become overly powerful and endure for
some time, it impacts our health. See our article
on What are the Seven Emotions for more
information. Western health practitioners tend to
emphasize the psychological effects of the emotions
on our health, but TCM practitioners emphasise the
pathological damage to the internal organs.
In Chinese medicine your organs have emotional
attributes as well as physical functions, and with a
harmonious lifestyle your lungs can generate
feelings of freedom; your liver, happiness; your
spleen, concentration; your kidneys, power; and
your heart, love. According to Sauer, tuning in with
this lifestyle not only provides a natural 24-hour
detox, but makes you feel supported, empowered
and ready to go forth on your mission to find your
cosmic self.

With a harmonious lifestyle your lungs can generate

feelings of freedom.
It is possible to have more energy by
changing when you do things. The 24 hour chi cycle
is a template for optimising your day according to
the ancient Chinese chi cycle. By choosing to
perform activities at the time that they will be best
Time Meridian Qualities Perfect activities
7.00- Stomach Arrive Have breakfast, create
9.00am balance
9.00- Spleen Action Make decisions, tackle tasks
11.00am requiring concentration and
11.00am- Heart Love Joyful tasks, connect with
1.00pm soulful purpose
1.00-3.00pm Small Slow Have lunch, slowing down
intestine brings clarity
3.00-5.00pm Bladder Support Schedule less intensive,
routine tasks
5.00-7.00pm Kidney Switch off Social, laugh, unwind
7.00-9.00pm Circulation- Protect Have dinner, be creative
9.00- Triple Passage Go to sleep
11.00pm Warmer
11.00pm- Gallbladder Courage Sleep, unconscious problem
1.00am solving
1.00-3.00am Liver Recover Sleep, soul guidance
3.00-5.00am Lung Embodiment Sleep, inspiration
5.00-7.00am Large Transform Wake, embrace a new day
supported, we can amplify our influence in the world
and be more conscious about the way we live. This
leads to great vitality, creativity, and flow in our lives.
Working smart in this way, you can maximise your
efforts and gain great results. Basically we are
harmonizing with the forces of nature, rising when
the sun rises, winding down when the sun sets and
living life in harmony with the needs of our inner
organs and the flow of chi.

Traditional Chinese Medicine body cycles.

Experimenting with designing your perfect day
around your chi cycle and your needs, can have a
tremendous impact on your life.