Liquid Crystalline Properties of Living Tissue

When I first became acquainted with Mae-Wan Ho and James Oschman‘s theory that the human body’s connective tissue matrix is liquid crystalline in nature, I was completely intrigued.  This made so much sense to me since I was already aware of the body’s bioelectrical capacity to move blood and transfer energy or Qi between body systems and the extremities via acupoints along meridian pathways.  I had also been exploring the use of microcurrent  and colored light therapy to address chronic pain in my clinic.  All these modalities proved effective because the human body is bioelectric as well biochemical in nature.  However, at that point in my career, I was applying treatment according to the principles of meridian theory even though there were no coherent scientific theories in place to explain how energy could travel between the skin and the muscles—the first principle of meridian theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The chief reason that it was so difficult to identify the mechanism of action is that the meridian system is not an actual physical structure.  Instead, meridians behave like a series of interconnected energetic pathways.

Eventually, as scientists began to research acupoints found along the meridians pathways, they noticed that the points and the meridians each possessed distinctive electrical properties when compared with surrounding skin.  This finding correlated with research into the properties of the body’s connective tissue matrix which gives the body, body tissues, organs and cells their shapes.  Many years ago it was discovered that the proteins making up the structural components of cells and tissues were closely aligned in an array of atomsSzent-Gyorgyi, an early pioneer in connective tissue research, predicted  that this molecular array would enable electrons to mobilize and form an energy continua that would belong to the whole system. He also suggested that with adequate hydration, the cytoskeleton of each cell would behave like a semiconductor, able to support high-speed communication across the body through the conduction of electrons, protons, and other subatomic entities across the collagenous protein network.  The discovery of these properties led to the conclusion that the connective tissue matrix behaved like liquid-crystalline tissue and was the likely means by which energy and information moved instantaneously across the body.  This working theory may well be the mechanism of action by which the transfer of energy occurs in acupuncture’s meridian and acupoint system.

Liquid Crystalline Properties

In the image below you can observe the molecular order of liquid crystals in organic tissue.  Mae-Wan Ho and David P. Knight identify the following properties inherent to liquid crystals and suggest that these also apply to the body’s connective tissue matrix:

  • liquid crystal molecules have an orientational order
  • liquid crystals are malleable, flexible, and responsive
  • individual crystals can flow or have the properties of a solid
  • liquid crystal molecules respond when exposed to changes in hydration, pressure, shear forces, and temperature
  • exposure to electric and magnetic fields can cause changes in orientation
Organic single crystal arrays with controlled crystal orientation in large scale.

Organic single crystal arrays with controlled crystal orientation in large scale

As a holistic practitioner, I feel it is extremely important for me to stay open to novel ways of understanding the human body and its systems in order to remain progressive in my chosen field of holistic medicine.  Since change is the one real constant that we can depend on, how do you stay current with changes in your field?

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Maureena Bivins PhD, LAc

Maureena Bivins PhD, LAc

I am a holistic practitioner (acupuncture and somatic therapy) in Westlake Village, CA. My passion is developing innovative therapies using energy medicine for health, beauty and wellness.

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Comments

  1. Interesting Maureena. As an RN I am aware of the liquid cystalline. Normal saline a common hydration we use in the hospital that is considered a crystalloid. Nothing new for me. Any where people can get educated about their bodies the better.

  2. I stay current by staying involved with my professional associations and taking advantage of the educational they provide. My colleagues also provide a wealth of information and we gladly share with one another. One of the things I love about what I do!

    Susan Berland

  3. Staying current can be a challenge, can’t it, because there is so much information out there. Glad you are enjoying the process Susan Berland!

  4. Art and photography are constantly changing fields. Learning new techniques and equipment, exploring ideas and emotions can have a real impact on the kind of work I create. And then there are the serendipitous events like meeting a horse trainer at a corral that can take you off in a whole new direction if you are willing to step up and follow!

    • Thank you Cheryl McDonald for sharing your process of keeping up with your chosen field. Staying open and being willing to reorganize our approach/perspective in view of new information/experience keeps it fresh, doesn’t it?

  5. I found this blog especially exciting, and makes so much sense to me in terms of what I understand about qi and flow for my 40+ (gasp!!) years with qi practices and qigong. It also dovetails beautifully with what I am learning about the BEMER technology and why it is so unparalleled in effectiveness for the body’s self-regulatory systems. I keep wanting to talk to you in person about tis stuff, Maureena. I love the scholarly aspect of what you present

    • I knew you would be excited about this info Vicki Dello Joio. So many mind-bending discoveries have been made related to the properties of the connective tissue matrix. Who knows how long it will take to become mainstream, can’t even hazard a guess, but I look forward to sharing more about it. The info is so dense that it takes a lot of time to compose a short post! BTW, the researchers, scientists, and clinicians associated with the International Congress on Fascia are dedicated to performing and cataloging the research. They gather every two years to share their research–an amazing group of people.

  6. Thanks, Maureena. I enjoyed reading, mainly because it’s all pretty new stuff to me. And as you and your commenters are pointing out, it’s likely to continue helping us understand the basis of how our body seems to work.
    You didn’t mention liquid crystals in TV and computer screens. Can their behavior there help us understand more about what they do in our body?

    • Great question Robbie Schlosser! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It’s not the ordinary fare but as a holistic health care provider, I feel its my duty to educate about the body so that we can take better care of ourselves. According to Ho and Knight, liquid crystals used in display screens are able to rapidly change their orientation when they are exposed to electric and magnetic fields (see the images that I included in my post)which make them tunable and responsive. Biological liquid crystals are both stable and dynamic which make them perfect building material for living organisms.

  7. JudyStoneGoldman says:

    This was quite new for me and I confess that I absorbed only a little bit of the information. I’m sure I would have to read this and study it more to really understand all that is contained here. I’m quite fascinated by meridians and acupressure points (as well as acupuncture, from which I’ve benefited tremendously). The whole concept of the physiology of energy is intriguing and something I want to know more about. I also really appreciate seeing informed, intelligent, scientific information about “energy,” which so often is connected with “whoo-hoo” talk.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    http://www.thereflectivewriter.com
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

    • It certainly is a heavy topic Judy Stone-Goldman. I’m glad to know that you value energy medicine and are open to learning more about its mechanisms of action. Research into the connective tissue matrix, which directly relates to acupoints and meridians, is very hot right now and holds promise for all biomedical fields.

  8. I love science, physiology, etc. There is so much more to the amazingness of the human body than we’re aware of. I look forward to re-reading this after a not quite so long day to really grasp everything that you’ve shared.

  9. Oh! There is that ‘we are electric’ proof again… My field requires continuing education also. Change is the one thing we can count on and we must be on top of it to serve properly.

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