My name is Jaume Sellart and I am acupuncturist of Buddhist philosophy. That means the techniques I usually use are not focus on healing (I never did that) but suggestions messages which are sent to the patient in order to induce self balance reactions. According to the philosophy that supports my system, it is very important that the person in treatment can synchronize physical improvement processes and imbalance understanding which causes the illness.
Now I want to speak about one of the most exciting matters
What is an emotion? It is a set of encoded reactions which the human being generates when trying to assimilate the changes produced along their existence in order to avoid becoming harmful and pathological. The set of reactions coded in inheritance, space, time, location… patterns can be called character or personality. Therapeutically, the personality itself is never pathological. The proof is that a pattern of sadistic type can get along with one of masochistic type, although they are two imbalances. The problem arises when our pattern or character code must perform in a space which generates incompatible information with their original coding, which would become a source of instability manifested by anxiety first and by depression later. When this occurs we must talk about EVIL ENERGY, which can be positive or negative, which is neither harmful nor good for the body at first. However, it becomes pathological because of being misplaced, out of context or off its natural location.
ACUPUNCTURE CHANNELS AND EMOTIONS
Emotions tend to affect different channels or meridians according to their embryonic origin. For example, the derivatives from the positive ectoderm are very sensitive to the concepts discernment and determination whereas the derivatives from the negative ectoderm to the limbic system.
The derivatives from the positive mesoderm are connected with idea management and with the way they are expressed. However, the derivatives from the negative mesoderm are connected with higher mental functions and the understanding of giving-receiving.
The derivatives from the positive endoderm have a direct connection with assimilation of external information, their metabolism and elimination when the information is not necessary. The derivatives from the negative endoderm are linked with the concepts flexibility and evolution.
When the emotions derived from these concepts keep balance we are in a healthy environment, however, their disturbance can cause insufficient or excess problems.
Structural processors in acupuncture (also known as channels or meridians) have their origin in the embryonic anatomical layers (ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm). These layers are formed from stem cells after the sixth day of life of the embryo. This occurs at a physiological level. In order to operate at information or energetic packet-level, these layers should be polarized or be split into positive and negative (no polarity no life).This situation leads to the origin of the 6 embryonic anatomical layers containing two acupuncture channels in anterior or posterior position depending on the embryo parts which are derived from.
This is also the foundation of BIG CIRCULATION, originated from the urogenital tract and goes along the lines of embryonic development (urogenital tract – circulatory system – metabolism, etc.)
ANATOMICAL LAYERS AND PHYSIOLOGY
We are going to try to explain logically and coherently the link between the anatomical layers system and the physiology. I believe that in the 21st century, theories of traditional medicine must have enough coherence, based on their origins to have enough flexibility and mutation capability in order to be explained with compatible concepts in present science, specially, physiology, geometry and mathematics.If we can meet some patterns that concur with different fields, we will be able to create certain criteria unification of diagnostics and therapies.
In this part we can locate functions of the organs that have their origin in the embryonic ectoderm and emotions that affect them more sensitively. Depending on their activity flow, outward or inward, they will be considered positive or negative polarity
The classical nomenclature gives this layer the channels of the small intestine and the bladder. There may be a mistake in the interpretation of ancient texts, because neither have an ectodermic origin. However, if instead of the small intestine, we refer to the enteric nervous system physiologically included in that gut, containing 80% of the reserves of serotonin which contributes to the formation of circadian rhythms with their influence on the epipshysi, which derived from the ectoderm, we may give a little more strength to these texts
The emotional pattern logically would be related to the discerniment,which is the abylity to distinguish and evaluate things
If we concentrate on the channel bladder we can see that i . runs along the back part of the body, it has connections with the other channels, it has the function of energy activation and its emotional pattern is thewhich generates activity and movement, it might be more correct to relate it with the pituitary activity, which at a embryologic level derives from the ectoderm.,
This layer is traditionally assigned to the channels of the spleen and the heart. When we want to justify it physiologically, we have a problem, because neither one is derived from the ectoderm. But if we call it the hypothalamic set- the limbic system which does come from this layer, our view of it changes significantly. Here we find a movement that will affect our roots. That is, the assimilation and understanding of the information we receive from outside (hypothalamus) considering that initially this always comes from our mother and therefore in the five elements it is considered an earth movement. Therefore, one of the disorders that affects it is the Oedipus – Electra complex.
As for the term heart in this case it would not be associated with its circulatory function but rather with the relationship between a certain group of heart cells and the limbic system, which is the major processor, among other emotions, related to the concepts of imagination, creativity, etc.
Traditionally triple heater and gallbladder channels are assigned in this layer. When we talk about triple heater we refer to the metabolic body functions. For this reason it has been called channel of the three furnaces, referring, I think, to the processes of absorption, energy recovery and disposal.
On an emotional level, it also has to do with metabolism. Its function would be the key in the assimilation of ideas and their subsequent transformation into words or other expression. To give an example, an insufficiency would be a person who has many ideas but does not know how to express them, an excess is an individual who does not stop talking and actually says nothing.
If we talk about the gallbladder channel firstly we must note that is not derived from mesoderm but if we refer to the bile secretions – pancreatic, we can perhaps relate it directly to the positive mesoderm which is a purely functional layer. We must not forget that this channel is located in the perfect vessel of the páncreas
The corresponding emotions would be those related to decision-making based on what we think and feel. An insufficiency would lead to permanent doubts and an excess would lead to want to make decisions for everyone apart from their own.
The channel of the kidney and pericardium are located in this layer. From the embryological point of view the two are in their proper situation because both derive from the mesoderm.
Kidney channel is credited to be the origin of the great circulation. I think there is also a small translation error because it may mean the urogenital tract, where sperm and eggs (no doubt they are the source) form, which of course includes the kidney.
Its emotional side would be related to the assimilation of beliefs, religion, ethics and all those things that would have to distinguish a human being from an animal. If we consider that many of these concepts come to us from parents we could define it as ancestral energy management
The pericardium, apart from its known circulatory function, would correspond to the flow of emotional management, basically happiness which would be a result of energy and emotional balanced flow or sadness, that would appear in cases of an unbalanced flow and especially stagnant. It would also have an important role in emotional exchange of sex for the balance of the binomial give – receive.
It consists of the channels of the large intestine and stomach. I also think there is something that does not agree as the large intestine derives from the posterior mesoderm and here it is located in the previous and vice versa. Therefore, I think we should allocate the first digestive tract from the mouth to the small intestine and the second the colon and call them path before and after digestive tract.
The firts digestive trac would be very sensitive to emotions derived from the process of breaking down information produced by certain experiences and re-compose it in a way that we can assimilate it (more or less the same thing that occurs at the physiological level). It would be the first part of the emotional digestion.
The subsequent digestive tract would make, at emotional level, functions that the colon makes at physiological level. Its job would be to recover the emotions that are still useful and discard those that no longer have any utility.
Tradition places the channels of the liver and lung in this layer. From the embryological point of view it is correct, both derive from the endoderm.
On an emotional level when we talk about liver channel we basically mean the flexibility concept that invites us to assimilate the emotions produced during the day, which can be progress or retreats as it suits us or by necessity.
The lung reference would be the emotional maturation, the metal movement. This movement not only helps us to understand, assimilate and respect our own emotions but also other people. In Buddhist terms the word to describe it the most resembles is compassion.