The experimental foundation of Ziwuliuzhu and its application to qigong

Author: Jia Bin//Huang Jiayu//Bian Zhenzhong//Wang Bin
Affiliation: Human Body Science Research Centre, Xian Jiaotong University, Xian, China [1]
Conference/Journal: 2nd Int Conf on Qigong
Date published: 1989
Other: Pages: 83 , Word Count: 712


In this paper, method of elector-image of acupuncture points is adapted for detecting the time rhythm of flowing qi in the meridian. We provided a modern scientific experimental basis for the theory of ziwuliuzhu and promoted the function of the Taiji figure to indicate the rhythm of flowing qi. According to ziwuliuzhu and and Taiji figure, using Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment, combining with the health condition of exerciser, we can determine the best time for doing qigong, and determine how to choose and to do the method of moving against qi to reduce it, or moving along with qi to reinforce it, in order to obtain the best effect of qigong.

1. Introduction

The ideology of ziwuliuzhu came from zhouyi, man wonder if it is a science, up to now.

Recently, theory of ziwuliuzhu is re-emphasized by researchers on account of the promotion of Chronobiology. Several experiments were made both in home and abroad, for example, P. Pontighy (1976) detected the periodical flowing of qi in meridian by bio-potential. Some one found that it has a fix rhythm for bio-light. Si Tuling et al. (1959) measured the conducted electric quantity to detect the rule of flowing qi and blood, but it has not any direct measurement to check the time of open and close point calculated by ziwuliuzhu until now.

In this paper, the method of electro-chemical-image and temperature-difference detecting are used for the determination of open or close of acupuncture points directly, so it gives a powerful and scientific proof to the theory of ziwuliuzhu. We promoted the function of Taiji figure as a simple diagram method of ziwuliuzhu. According to ziwuliuzhu and Taiji figure, using Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment, combining with the health condition of exerciser, we can determine the best time for doing qigong, and determine how to choose and to do the method of moving against qi to reduce it, or moving along with qi to reinforce it, in order to obtain the best effect of qigong.

2. Two experiment for the determination of open or close point.

Two experiment which provided the direct information about open or close points is indicated as follow.

(1) Method of electro-chemical-image:

If a certain amount of voltage is applied to two points, the current during the time period of open point will be much large than it is close. On one pole that covered with some chemical compound, strong chemical reactions are happened, and produced a spot with the same shape as the acupuncture point, so it is called an image. According to ziwuliuzhu, we calculated the time of open or close points, than check with image, the agreement of theory and experiment is satisfactory. We used silver for pole material, and cover with potassium iodide. The experiment datums was dealt with statistic method. We obtained u = 3.04>2.58, p<0.01, the difference is explicit.

(2) Method of temperature-difference detecting:

We detected the temperature of points and of its surrounding skin. We found that the temperature of points are 0.2 degrees C higher than surrounding skin during the point is open, we would not expect more higher temperature difference than this value for the reason of heat conduction. But it has no difference when it is closed, with in the accuracy of measurement. So we have proved that, there is a stream of energy reach the point when it is open, but no energy stream inject to the point when it is close.

3. Taiji figure and ziwuliuzhu.

In this paper, we proposed a diagram method, i.e. using Taiji figure to denote the rule of qi flowing round though 12 channels. In this figure, 12 dizhi correspond to 12 regular channels. Black and white correspond to yin and yang. Yin approaches to the limit since zi, then yang is born. And when yang grow up, yin disappears gradually. Qi flowing in channels one after one clockwise.

4. Applications of ziwuliuzhu to qigong.

Concerning to previous results, we propose a scientific
method to do qigong exercise outline as follow:

(1). Qigong exercisers ought to choose the method of reinforce or reduce according to Chinese medical diagnosis about his own health.

(2). According to ziwuliuzhu or the Taiji figure proposed here, select the best time to do qigong exerciser.

(3). It is better to take into account the rhythm of years and seasons for chronic diseases.

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