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      How Tapping into “Energy” Can Trigger a Paradigm Shift in Biomedicine

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      The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
      Mary Ann Liebert Inc

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            Acupuncture meridians traditionally are believed to constitute channels connecting the surface of the body to internal organs. We hypothesize that the network of acupuncture points and meridians can be viewed as a representation of the network formed by interstitial connective tissue. This hypothesis is supported by ultrasound images showing connective tissue cleavage planes at acupuncture points in normal human subjects. To test this hypothesis, we mapped acupuncture points in serial gross anatomical sections through the human arm. We found an 80% correspondence between the sites of acupuncture points and the location of intermuscular or intramuscular connective tissue planes in postmortem tissue sections. We propose that the anatomical relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes is relevant to acupuncture's mechanism of action and suggests a potentially important integrative role for interstitial connective tissue. Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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              Positive therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer in a coronary care unit population.

              The therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer (IP) to the Judeo-Christian God, one of the oldest forms of therapy, has had little attention in the medical literature. To evaluate the effects of IP in a coronary care unit (CCU) population, a prospective randomized double-blind protocol was followed. Over ten months, 393 patients admitted to the CCU were randomized, after signing informed consent, to an intercessory prayer group (192 patients) or to a control group (201 patients). While hospitalized, the first group received IP by participating Christians praying outside the hospital; the control group did not. At entry, chi-square and stepwise logistic analysis revealed no statistical difference between the groups. After entry, all patients had follow-up for the remainder of the admission. The IP group subsequently had a significantly lower severity score based on the hospital course after entry (P less than .01). Multivariant analysis separated the groups on the basis of the outcome variables (P less than .0001). The control patients required ventilatory assistance, antibiotics, and diuretics more frequently than patients in the IP group. These data suggest that intercessory prayer to the Judeo-Christian God has a beneficial therapeutic effect in patients admitted to a CCU.
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                Journal
                The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
                The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
                Mary Ann Liebert Inc
                1075-5535
                1557-7708
                April 16 2018
                April 16 2018
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Integrative Medicine Task Force, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA.
                Article
                10.1089/acm.2018.0073
                71d507cf-7481-4973-ab14-9080fe2e3dd0
                © 2018
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                Self URI (article page): http://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2018.0073

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