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Meridians and Negative (Yin) and Positive (Yang) Energies:

When a stimulus is applied to the human body, a reflex stimulation occurs in the body. This excitation passes along the centripetal fibers (sensory nerves), and reaches the center of the sensory nerves; then it passes along the efferent nerves; namely, the motor nerves and the autonomic nerves. The latter type of nerves consists of parasympathetic nervous and sympathetic nervous system.  A reflex occurs mainly on the periphery of the body (hands, feet, scalp and ears). Autonomic nervous system is the central seat of regulation for the body’s physiologic functions. It receives, integrates and transmits bioelectrical signals to and from the meridians and every part of the body through the central, visceral and peripheral nervous system. (1)

For thousand years in orient, the dual nature of autonomic nerve system was recognized in terms of negative (yin) and positive (yang) energies, and these energies are to be circulating along the meridians. In other words, meridians are channels of electromagnetic impulses (energy) distributed all over the body. The goal of therapy in acupuncture is to reestablish the harmonious interplay of meridians. Balancing them restores the bodily functions to a state of dynamic equilibrium (healthful condition of the body). (2)

Acupuncture and Endorphins:

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s biochemical system to turn off pain or to regulate body’s disorder. In this relation, acupuncture’s pain-relieving properties are due to the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are powerful blockers of pain impulses. They also exert strong regulating influences by their direct action on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal neuroreceptors. The bimolecular action exerted by endorphins is vital to the body’s protective mechanisms against pain and disorders. Some functions of endorphins in the body are listed in the following:

  1. Regulation of pain,
  2. Enhancement of the immune system,
  3. Regulation of the healthful condition of the body,
  4. Modulation of thinking, mood, behavior, autonomic functions,
  5. The release of pituitary hormones,
  6. Control of appetite,
  7. Treatment of drug addiction, and
  8. Modulating the adverse effect of shock.

Multi-systemic effects of acupuncture can be explained on the basis of the ubiquitous distribution of endorphinominergic receptors in the brain, spinal cord and other organs of the body. (2)

Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture (MRA):

Electrons hold key to the healing principle in acupuncture. Acupuncture introduces electrons where they are needled in the body to activate its defense, compensatory and regulating mechanisms in the control of pain and of disorder. MRA is a standardized acupuncture application, and controls the delivery of pure flow of electrical energy into the precise points making the treatment more efficient and effective. MRA is based on the following:

  1. The living body is an electrical unit.
  2. Every cell, tissue and organ in the body requires constant supply of vital energy generated by streams of electrons that are distributed to every part of the body.
  3. The vital energy supply system is comprised of the following functional components:

a)     Acupuncture points are approximately 1000 in number, and are fully integrated micro electrical systems that simultaneously receive and transmit electromagnetic signals to and from the body and the environment.

b)    Meridians are 26 in number and are pathways or channels where vital energy flows.

c)     Autonomic nervous system regulates body functions.

  1. Health, pain and disease are regulated by the vital energy system.

a)     A state of health results from a balanced dynamic activity of the vital energy system.

b)    Pain or disorder results from a disruption in the balance of the vital energy system.

MRA is a balancing the process of treating ailments, balancing the vital energy flow through the meridian channels in the body. (2) Some examples of meridian channels are shown in Attachments 1 and 2. (1)

MRA device is designed to measure the volume of electric flow at representative measuring points in meridians (on the hands and the feet), and the value of each is indicated on the chart as shown in Attachment 3. In this chart, when the measured values are marked approximately on a single line across the chart, the patient may be considered in good health. However, when a discrepancy appears showing high and low values of divergence, this would indicate abnormalities. Average values in the chart indicate relative level of vital energy in the body; higher the value higher the energy. Healthier and younger people tend to show higher values, while sick and older show lower values. To diagnose the extent of abnormalities, MRA applies the measurement of hands and Feet in terms of the following measuring points and these are shown in Attachment 5 (hands) and 6 (feet):

Hands (H):

H1: Lung                     H2: Heart Constrictor

H3: Heart                    H4: Small Intestine

H5: Lymph                 H6: Large Intestine

Feet (F):

F1: Spleen-Pancreas    F2: Liver

F3: Kidney                  F4: Bladder

F5: Gall Bladder          F6: Stomach

  1. Measurement of hand (H):

As illustrated in Attachment 4, the narrowest point of wrists is measured. H1 of left hand (Lung) is measured first. Then H1 of right hand is the next. H2 of left hand (heart constrictor) is the next and followed by H2 of right hand. This continues alternating from left hand to the right hand for the measurement of H3 (heart). Then the hand turned downward and the same procedure is followed for the measurement of H4 (small intestine), H5 (lymph) and H6 (large intestine).

  1. Measurement of feet (F):

Similarly, as illustrated in Attachment 5, the measurement of F1 (spleen- pancreas), F2 (liver), F3 (kidney), F4 (bladder), F5 (gall bladder) and F6 (stomach) are carried out by alternating left foot to right

There are two MRA treatment methods: general regulatory treatment of total meridian system; and localized autonomic nervous regulatory treatment. The former deals with a general regulatory treatment of the sympathetic nerves of entire body surface, the latter deals with the treatment of localized pain or disorder. (1)


The above information is retrieved from the following sources:

(1)  Yoshio Nakatani, MD, PhD, “Ryodoraku Acupuncture: A Guide for the Application of Ryodoraku Therapy, Electrical Acupuncture, a New Autonomic Nerve Regulating Therapy”, Seiwa Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan, 1977

(2)  Lupo T. Carlota, MD, “Acupuncture, MRA Scientific Seminar”, 1989


(1)  The Heart Meridian

(2)  The Kidney Meridian

(3)  MRA Diagnostic and Treatment Chart

(4)  MRA Measuring Points on Hands

(5)  MRA Measuring Points on Feet