The intelligent tissue hypothesis states that local bodily tissue at acupuncture points (acupoints) and meridians interprets organ information conveyed on an electromagnetic wave, which produces real-time physical changes in the local tissue that reflect states in the related organ. This is a key part of the mechanism that enables acupuncture to correct organ malfunction. Various pacesetters are also reflected in this way at acupoints.
This study investigated the respiration waves at lung-related acupoints to clarify their relation to the respiration pacesetter mechanism. The impedance at key acupoints was monitored while the subject’s breathing slowed after exercise.
The results demonstrated that real-time duodenal and respiration waves were present in the tissue at the acupoints. At the start of the recording, the respiration rate matched that of these duodenal waves, but then suddenly slowed to the rate of the respiration waves.
This suggested that as well as the brainstem respiration pacesetter, there was also a separate “pace signal” produced directly by the lungs, which seemed to define the base respiration rate. It is currently unknown what mechanism causes the respiration rate to increase due to exercise. But these results suggest that the brainstem pacesetter is sometimes guided by the duodenal pace signal instead of the lung pace signal, which would explain how the pacesetter is able to jump to a higher rate, even though its chemoreceptor inputs may be unchanged.
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16 Aug 2021
Further details of the author's acupuncture research project.