Medicine and Religion for a Global Society
Goal of Future Research
Medicine and Religion for Global Society
1. Integration of Eastern and Western Medicine
Based on the advancement of cellular and molecular medicine, modern medicine has successfully clarified the mechanisms of constituent cells of the living body at molecular levels, such as DNA. It has contributed immensely to the fields of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, enabling great advancement in medical treatment. Thanks to advanced medical care, abundant food, and comfortable housing, people’s life span has extended to 80~90 years of age. However, dementia patients and people incapable of sustaining their own living have increased as well.
I believe that the purpose of life is to live a life of service to other people and stay in good health until the last moment. For this purpose, it is important to study the human body concurrently with the material-based medicine of the body as a mass of matter, from the viewpoint that Prana or Ki-energy, as referred to in Yoga or Chinese Medicine, interacts with the Soul at the Chakras. This approach is essential to achieve the integration of the Eastern and Western medicine, as well as to develop the concrete and holistic understanding of the human body within the totality of the human constitution.
Seventy percent of the mass of the living body is comprised of “body fluid.” In the form of intracellular or extra cellular fluids, the body fluid flows through the connective tissues and the dermis. It carries all necessary constituents to the living body including various positive and negative ions, other inorganic substances, organic substances such as amino acids, hormones, and the like. Dermis is one of the important tissues where it is known that body liquid flows.
As the result of years of research studying the electro-physiological aspects of the skin, the following facts have been revealed by electro-physiological experiments:
1) Electrical potential gradients of 100~150mV exist within the dermal layer. The direction of the potential gradient matches the direction of the Ki-energy flow, which has been empirically known in the 3000-year history of Chinese medicine. Namely, in the Yin meridian, Ki-energy flows from bottom to top, while in the Yang meridian, it flows from top to bottom. For Yin meridians, the electrical potential was found to be higher in lower parts of the body than in upper parts. This indicates that the direction of potential gradient is from the lower to the upper. For Yang meridians, the reverse was true.
2) Furthermore, when Yin-Yang pair meridians are in normal healthy relationship with each other, the dermal electric current (=BP), which is the parameter reflecting the Ki-energy level, is larger in the Yin meridian than in the Yang meridian. This finding provides electrophysiological evidence for the reality of the so-called Yin-Yang pair relationship, among the twelve primary meridians.
3) In contrast to this dermal electric current, after polarization current (=AP), which is the current that flows through the epidermis, and total polarization charge (=IQ), which is a parameter for immune function, does not always show the magnitude of the relationship between the Yin/Yang meridians.
From these experimental findings, it was demonstrated that the meridians exist in dermal connective tissue, and additionally, the Ki-energy, or subtle energy, flows within the body fluid that fills the dermal connective tissue.
In order to measure the electrical current that flows inside the dermal connective tissue, a transient current response to an externally applied rectangular voltage pulse is captured and analyzed. When the voltage pulse (height=3V, width=500µsec) is applied on the skin’s surface, there is a large initial current that flows within the dermis electrically connected in series through the capacitance (C~ 6000pF) across the basal membrane that contains collagen fibers and the resistive components (R~ 2kW). When the capacitance is fully charged and a reverse potential across the basal membrane is formed, the current bypasses the dermis and flows through the epidermis. The dermal current decreases exponentially (~ e-t/t: t=time constant), and its initial part contains very high frequency components (~ 5MHz) as its rising edge is very sharp. This initial peak current is called BP, the current before polarization. This parameter BP is measured at the Sei-point, which reflects the functional conditions of the particular meridian to which it belongs. Each meridian is connected to specific internal organs. Thus, BP has been found to be the parameter that shows the functional state of the meridian and its related organs.
AMI (Apparatus for Meridian Identification) is the instrument that is capable of measuring BP, AP, and IQ (=parameter of immune function), which is the total amount of electrical charge of the ions that form the reverse potential. With the AMI, it is possible to measure the functional conditions of the meridians and their related organs, as well as the state of the body fluid flowing throughout the body. The ionic polarization at the basal membrane occurs with the living body but not with the dead body. This fact may be used to check whether a person is “dead or alive.”
Thus, the AMI is a measuring instrument that can serve as the bridge between Eastern and Western medicine. Through the use of AMI, the integration of Eastern and Western medicine has become more feasible.
It is my sincere wish that this line of research be taken over on a global scale and further developed by younger researchers.
2. Integration of Eastern and Western Religion
The tribe born and living in a severe desert environment with no water cannot but expel other tribes or even exterminate them in order to protect themselves and survive. From such a living condition, antagonistic worldviews are born. Religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, among others, were born from this antagonistic world-view. God, Man, and Nature are in the state of antagonistic separation where it is impossible to become one with the other.
In reality, however, Nature, Man, and even God are mutually inter-related and interact with each other. Nevertheless, logic is lacking as to how separate and antagonistic entities can interact with each other. Dialectic logic that shows how God creates and enables mutual relations is non-existent.
In contrast to such desert conditions, the environment in Asia is diametrically opposite to this. There is abundant water to nourish plants and crops. In fact, people sow seeds, according to the seasonal cycle, rainy season, dry season, and they do weeding and other miscellaneous actions entrusting the power of Nature for crop growth. When fruit are ripe, it is harvested for food. People entrust their life to Nature there and believe it important to be in harmony with Nature.
Here arises the worldview that Man, Nature, and God are originally one. Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, and other similar belief systems and/or religions, espouse the ultimate reality of Emptiness or Nothingness, which is beyond all that is. This is a significant characteristic of Asian religions. However, in these Asian religions, philosophical logic is lacking as to how matter and nature came into being; how human mind and soul emerged; and how mind or the soul of man are different from nature; in addition, it does not address what the principle of matter is. That is to say, in the context of Nagarjuna’s “Emptiness is Form,” the logical structure of this equality is unclear. Thus, Asian religion is overly biased to the attainment of Realization. Being so biased toward the mind, soul, Alaya consciousness and Purusha, it failed to grasp the essence of the material principle that exists in antagonistic isolation from the mind, Alaya consciousness, and Purusha.
If logic, religion, and philosophy are successfully formulated based on religious experience in such a way that the Asian religion subsumes the desert religion that has been built upon conflicts, it will then be the global religion for all of humanity. Based upon my own mystical experiences and the study of various religions of the world, I presented the outline of this religious philosophy in my book “Logic of Being and Interactive Function.” It is my earnest wish that this book be read by young practitioners and academics of various religions and that they strive to create a universal religion for the Global Society. It is also my wish that they will work for the realization of harmonious coexistence of Man and Nature, thus leading the people on Earth.
July 7th, 2010