For those needing proof of Chinese Medicine’s Genius, Look no further! We found this organ thousands of years before western medicine, which has only recently (since 1995) begun to evaluate and study the connective tissue in any serious way. Please watch the video before proceeding.
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Up until just a few years ago, the Standard Model for the body was a skeleton with layers of flesh added on top of it, mechanically bound together like a soloflex machine.
This has become, according to the latest research, not only wrong, but possibly a source of inherent danger in rehabilitation, workouts , and general joint mobility/stability and maintenance. In fact, the body is a bag of fractally elastic, spider-web like connective tissue that holds together the tissues which align the skeleton. Just as the Chinese Medicine doctors, Qi gong and yoga practitioners, martial artists, chiropractors, and myofacial release/cranio-sacral people have said all along.
How did they know this far ahead of the technology ariving that could verify such things? After all, for 400 years cadaver experts seemed to have missed this in their descriptions in anatomical texts. If you open “Trail Guide to the Body” you won’t see “fascia trains” (sinew channels) at all.
This is because a body starts decaying and losing these connective fibrils within hours of death. Without the consciousness, there is no need for the mind to connect to the places throughout the body which mind connects to, and they simply erods away, like sugar under hot water.
The change in the model is so new, so radical, and so powerful that books of neuroscience have not even caught up yet. They are still grasping to understand the nerve bundles which govern the ENS and PNS and how these affect memory, emotion, intuition, and consciousness.
The fact remains though that the number of connections of the entire San Jiao organ far dwarfs the number of connections of the brain and CNS. By many orders of magnitude. These connective tissues are everywhere.
Take for example when you perform Qigong and your brain gets “fuzzy” feeling. Your brain technically has no sensory tissues, so how can you feel your brain? This is the connective tissues at work, transmitting data throughout the “empty” spaces and into the CNS for a general awareness of activity in the area.
What else do you need to know about the San Jiao organ?
The San Jiao, as you may have learned elsewhere, is a Fire organ, and this refers to its relationship to the Heart-mind (CNS) as well as the nerve conduction and regulation aspect. BUT it is a wet organ, and requires to be moist, but not overly moist. In the video, you can see the effect of Dampness (ala lipids and obesity) on the San Jiao… it bunches up and forms the “sha” (sand) balls that block the tissues and weaken them (and lead to “cottage cheese thighs”.
A healthy San Jiao is reactive, stretchy, not tense, and WET. It has tiny dew drops on the fibers which keep them cool and elastic.
When a person’s SJ channel is lumpy and the skin aged with liver spots and over tan, and their upper back is similarly toned, we can tell that within them they are dry and brittle. This accounts for all sorts of issues with elasticity and pain (really it is burning).
So it is important that although the San Jiao is a Fire organ that one does not sunburn too often, for the San Jiao is not the channel only but the entire body. It literally means Three Burners, and refers to the top, middle, and bottom of a person. Thus even if one only sunburns the yang sides, the fluids of the whole body will be affected. Radiation poisoning or Fire Toxicity in Chinese Medicine, is a big deal in the cause of internal disease.
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Maintaining the health of such an important, and misunderstood (under-understood!) organ is simultaneously paramount as well as difficult for the modern lay-person. Fortunately it is actually relatively easy. Just follow these simple 5 steps:
- Stretch and twist, exercise the “Tendons” of the body regularly.
- Eat moistening, savory, and not-too-salty but a little bit so foods and beverages; and avoid sodas! The acids destroy the tissues.
- Breathe deeply throughout the San Jiao organ (meaning at least the 3 levels of breathing, see diagram)
- Perform yogic (daoyin) exercises aimed at enhancing the youthful springiness of the tissues; this would include Egoscue and pilates as well.
- Get regular physical manipulations, such as massage, guasha, cupping, MFR, etc… to facilitate changes in the lumpy/scar tissues that fill up the San Jiao.
In our next issue we will further our understanding by exploring the connection between these tissues, fascia trains, and TCM’s Tendenomuscular (sinew) channels, which may explain some of your strange pain symptoms and patterns (for example: raccoon face pain.)