E. F. Block
Introductory Background Information
1. The Energy of Reaction
A good beginning for this article is a brief exposition on the relationship between energy potential and chemical/biochemical reactions. As stated in other articles of this nature, energy must move from an area of greater potential to an area of lesser potential, more stable as it were, before an actual rearrangement of chemical/biochemical bonds are able to occur. However, one might make the argument of the type as to whether the egg or the chicken came first. Also, just because the energy is there does not mean that a reaction will occur. Elements, atoms and molecules have definite electron distribution characteristics that limit the possible reactions with other amenable substances. However in all cases the energy for reaction must always be there first. High-energy phosphate bonds are the driving force for the biochemical reactions of metabolism. Coordinating these reactions are bioscalar energies and the nadis/meridian distribution system of the organizing morphogenic body-field.
2. Oriental Medicine
In China there is an over 5000-year tradition of herbal medicine. Herbal medicine is but one of eight branches of Traditional Oriental Medicine (TCM). Another branch of oriental medicine is acupuncture. Both of these and all other branches of TCM are grounded in the concept of energy specific to the body that flows in channels or meridians. TCM catagorizes twelve meridians that are paired with a particular bodily organ. Each organ and meridian set has a specific energetic signature. Extensive empirical clinical practice using herbal medicines in conjunction with the other branches of TCM have shown that each herb used in the herbal formulary has a resonant energy pattern that is said to enter a specific meridian(s) and influence a particular organ(s). This is in addition to the biochemical make-up of the secondary constituents listed as pharmacologically active substances.
3. The Concept of Electromagnetism
A very good basic understanding of the concepts of magnetism may be found here and here. Other information concerning magnetism is found in the other references of the Magnetism section there.
Electric and magnetic fields obey the properties of superposition (overlapping fields) so that a field due to any particular standing wave or time-varying electric or magnetic field will contribute to the fields present in the same space due to other causes. Matter is a Spherical Standing Wave (SSW) that creates a 'particle effect' at the SSW-Center. This means, as they are vector fields, that all magnetic and electric field vectors blend together according to vector addition/subtraction. For instance, a traveling electromagnetic (EM) wave incident on an atomic structure induces an oscillation in the atoms of that structure, thereby causing the atoms to emit their own EM waves. This EM response wave emission alters the impinging traveling EM wave through interference or resonance. These properties cause various phenomena including refraction and diffraction of the incident EM wave. This is a very important concept to understand for the purpose of synthesizing a conceptual picture of the role of plant foods and medicinal herbs in both the interaction with the human body-field and their participation in the biochemical events of the physiology of metabolism within the body as a whole.
The EM wave pattern is in the form of two fluctuating fields - one electric and the other magnetic. Each has a sinusoidal shape because their plots resemble mathematical sine curves. The paired fields are perpendicular to each other, and both are perpendicular to the direction of the EM wave propagation (transverse waves). The wave nature of EM radiation is characterized by wavelength and frequency. The wavelength (linear distance between two successive wave crests or troughs designated as the blue lambda below) and the frequency (number of wave crests or troughs as cycles that pass a fixed point per second) of any EM wave exist for both the electric and magnetic components of the EM wave. Thus, the wavelength and frequency is used to characterize both the electric (E and red) and magnetic (M and blue) aspects of wave propagation.
The magnetic field of the Earth is generated by the rotation of the molten nickel-iron core that is at the center of the Earth. The generated magnetosphere of the Earth is connected to the magnetosphere of the Sun and an exchange of energies occurs between the Sun and the Earth on the average of every eight minutes (see references). All the elements that go to make up the Earth are part of and react with/to the magnetosphere and the geomagnetic field of the Earth. All plants and animals are made up of elements derived from the crust, oceans and atmosphere of the Earth. The processes that we call evolution have yielded the multitude of life forms with us today. All life forms have an organizing morphogenic field that is initiated within, develops and matures within and maintains itself within the geomagnetic field of the Earth that in turn is influenced by the solar system interplanetary electromagnetic field matrix. Many mineral ions play key roles in the biochemistry of metabolism. Some mineral ions play a key role in the formation of magnetic domains within the morphogenic field of the body (see past issues). It is not surprising that life evolved within and would be responsive to geomagnetic fields instead of electric fields since the geomagnetic fields are ubiquitous and ever present while electric fields are transient outside of chemical reactions, such as lightening and electric eels. The use of electricity starts in the 17th century but only gets its real "interfering with the human body-field effects" in the late 1880's with the production and use of alternating electric current.
There is a basis for the adage of eating the foodstuffs that are farmed and husbanded from the area in which you reside and work. The elements that go to make up the structure of the plant are derived from the soil made from the crust that was laid down within the local geomagnetic field of the Earth. The local biosphere then will have those same elements within it and retain the magnetic moments of the original crustal elements. Differences in the magnetic moments must not be that great since people eat foodstuffs from all over the globe, and this includes herbal medicines.
Modern chemists like to think that the compounds that they make in the laboratory are just like those in nature. There is no way of verifying this assumption with the equipment that is present and in use today. However it is an assumption and it is erroneous! When nature makes a compound it is always laevorotatory as opposed to dextrorototary. This means that a compound in solution always rotates a polarized light beam to the left. Manmade compounds are always racemic mixtures. This means that the compounds rotate a polarized light beam to the left (laevo) and to the right (dextro). Each compound seems to have its unique ratio of left to right rotation depending upon the steps that went into making the compound and the original starting substance. During the olden days of gravitometric methods with little electrical equipment in the immediate area this was not such a big problem. However, now days in the era of electrical equipment everywhere in the manufacturing environment and especially motors with their spurious magnetic fields, this alters the magnetic moment of the compounds being produced in a manner that is not healthy.
Remember that intent plays a huge roll in the field of informational medicine. The intent of the workers in the factories where foodstuffs are being processed will be imprinted into/onto the final product. They want the product to be successful and for you to buy this commodity over a long period of time for obvious economic reasons. This is the start of food addictions in that you pick up this subtle resonance and it has an effect upon your body-field such that you want to keep eating this product, even though you know that it is not good for your health. This is but one of the reasons for the obesity epidemic in the world today apart from the fact that processed foodstuffs has had vital substances removed. Also, the electrical equipment used for processing (and especially the motors) alters the magnetic moment of the elements that make up the foodstuff, and not usually in a heathful manner!
In his book "Ancient Mysteries, Modern Visions: The Magnetic Life of Agriculture", Dr. Callahan very clearly shows that paramagnetic soils produce better crops. Volcanic soils are very paramagnetic and support luxurious plant ecologies. The Appalachian and Ural Mountains are the oldest mountain ranges that have also the widest diversity of plant and animal life on the planet. The soils derived from these mountains are mostly paramagnetic. Thus, plant life contains many paramagnetic substances that are incorporated into the physical structure of the body and contributes to the overall human body-field. Animal life has co-evolved with many plants and moved into niches afforded by the environment and availability of specific plant species.
The origin of human living circumstances produced a people that were first of a hunting-gathering type of existence. Individuals became very aware of the plants that afforded a foodstuff and those that were an herbaceous medicinal. The constant search for food plants or fruit ready to eat gives one the knowledge of the cycles of plant growth and the conditions suitable for growth. Why should I move far from my favorite food plants? Why should I not make sure that the seeds grow and that the young plants get my attention so that they may grow to give me the crop that I want? Why not guard the plantings and watch over them so that my family and I reap the benefits of the harvest instead of some other animal like the elephant or antelope? Why not claim for my family a suitable plot of land and watch in contentment as my family grows and lives throughout the ages here? Why not get together with the other members of my group/tribe and construct a village in a suitable location from whence to grow my crops and raise my herds (cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, etc.)?
Each of these questions is a natural progression from one to the other and may be a scenario for the conceptual development of agriculture and husbandry. No one will really know. The pictographs in various caves around the world show the oldest to deal with hunting. Later pictographs from the New Stone Age deal with dwellings and some form of agriculture with or without husbandry in addition to hunting. The island of New Guinea has seen agricultural cultivation some 10,000 years. There, Taro is known to have been cultivated since 7000 BC. Cereals have been cultivated in Syria since 10,000 BC and in Palestine since 8000 BC. Peas and Lentils have been cultivated in Iran, Syria and Israel since 8000 BC. Beans and Squash in South America since 7500 BC, Sheep and Goats in Syria since 7000 BC, Rice in China since 7000 BC, Cattle and Pigs in Turkey since 6500 BC, Potatoes in Peru since 6000 BC and brewing Beer in Mesopotamia since 4000 BC.
Aids to cultivation are more recent. Plows have been used in such disparate places as Iraq and Britain since 3000 BC, artificial pollination of Date Palms in Mesopotamia since 2000 BC; irrigation in Southern Russia since 4000 BC, in Egypt since 2800 BC and in Syria since 2500 BC; beekeeping in Egypt since the 5'th Dynasty (2500-2400 BC) and fish farms in Egypt since 1500 BC.
The point is that men as well as all animals are dependent upon the plants of the Earth. Plants are foods and medicines. Plants have a magnetic moment resonant with the environment in which it grows. This magnetic moment is passed on to the animal that consumes the plant material. The magnetic moment is absorbed as is or modified by the body-field of the animal. This gives a whole new meaning to the concept of food poisons and the disruption of smooth working digestion. This is separate from the concept of secondary substances known to poison or adversely disrupt the physiology of the body.
It is the thought of the author that this is one of the functions of the large intestine - to eliminate adverse magnetic moment minerals from the body in feces. The role of the kidneys is to eliminate the minerals already stripped of their magnetic moment within the body via the urine (see previous issues).
In Chinese medicine the applications of Chinese herbs in clinical practice are based upon the nature and capabilities of herbs and the latter in turn is based upon the four energies, five flavors, four movements and meridian routes of herbs. The four energies of herbs can be broadly divided into yin and yang, with cold and cool energies belonging to yin. Since the difference between cold and cool and between hot and warm is only a matter of degree, Chinese physicians are in the habit of using such expressions as " extremely warm" or "slightly warm" and " extremely cold" or "slightly cold." If an herb has proven effective in the treatment of a hot syndrome, that herb is considered to have a cold energy; when an herb has proven effective in the treatment of a cold syndrome, it is considered to have a hot energy.
The five flavors (Pungent, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, and Salty) are distinguished from each other by the sense of taste. The physicians came to the conclusion through a very long process of clinical experience that pungent herbs can disperse and promote the flow of energy; sour herbs can constrict and obstruct; sweet herbs can slow down, tone up and harmonize; bitter herbs can dry up & cause diarrhea and salty herbs can soften up & promote downward movements. They do not always relate to the actual perceived flavors but are used to indicate the actions of specific herbs. Herbs may also have a complex of more than one flavor.
The four movements of herbs (Push Upward, Push Downward, Float, and Sink) refer to the tendency to counter the direction of symptom movement, such as to push downward for someone with a queasy, upset stomach.
The more than 2000 known Chinese herbs are divided into 20 categories based upon their function. Many of the effects of these herbs are to equalize your body by reducing excesses and inducing what is lacking. These include: herbs to induce perspiration, herbs to reduce excessive heat inside the body, herbs to reduce cold sensations inside the body, herbs to reduce dampness in the body, herbs to induce vomiting, herbs to induce bowel movements, herbs to promote digestion and herbs to suppress cough. The remaining classifications of Chinese herbs are: herbs to regulate blood, herbs to regain consciousness, herbs to stop involuntary movements, herbs to correct deficiencies, herbs to constrict and obstruct movements, herbs to expel or destroy parasites, herbs for ulcers and tumors, herbs for external application, herbs to counteract Rheumatism, herbs for lubricating dry symptoms, herbs to regulate energy and herbs to reduce anxiety.
In more recent Chinese medical history, herbs have been classified as entering or affecting one or more of the twelve internal organs. Since the internal organs in Chinese medicine refer not only to the specific organ but also to the acupuncture channel or meridian that belongs to that organ, specific herbs are known to have a more or less specific effect on the corresponding organ meridian. The meridian routes refer to the meridians a given herb is capable of entering and traveling through to achieve a desired effect.
Qi is said to be the vital energy that runs through the meridians in the body. Every aspect of movement in the body is a manifestation of the flow of Qi, "When Qi gathers, so the physical body is formed: when Qi disperses, so the body dies." Qi is constantly ascending, descending, entering, and leaving the body via the meridian system. Good health is dependent on this continuous dynamic activity. Herbal medicines have the affect of modifying the flow of Qi within the body via the meridian system by dispersing a blockage of Qi or in smoothing the flow of Qi in the meridians.
Thus, it is easy to understand the physiological action of herbal substances but not so easy to understand the magnetic moment of an herbal substance and its affect upon the human body-field.
In this article it has been pointed out that plant substances have a magnetic moment that interacts with the human body-field. The elements that go to make up the physical structure of the plant carry the magnetic moment that is ultimately derived from the crust of the Earth through the production of soil and the mineral contained within. Plants take up the minerals that resonate with the magnetic character of the soil from which it was derived and retain that magnetic moment. This magnetic moment is passed on to the animal that consumes the plant material. The magnetic moment of that consumed mineral interacts with the body-field of the animal and the result is resonance or interference. The body-field on the consuming animal changes the magnetic moment of the mineral and either incorporates into the physical structure of the animal body or eliminates the mineral via the feces and/or urine.
Plants that are used as foodstuffs and plants that are used as herbal medicines are the treasures that plants extend to us. These hidden treasures of plants are not able to be duplicated by the manufacturing efforts of man and are indeed the Hidden Treasure of Plants!
3. Hidden Treasures
Callahan, P. S., 1984, "Ancient Mysteries, Modern Visions: The Magnetic Life of Agriculture", Acres USA, Austin, TX
Bensky, D. and Gamble, A., 1993, "Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Revised Edition", Eastland Press, Seattle, WA
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