Prana (Energy) and it’s healing technology

I've written about this subject many times in previous articles, but this my first attempt at putting together a little report on the Technology of Healing that is implicitly enabled by it. I give you [[Prana]]…

Prāṇa is a Sanskrit word that refers to a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy in natural processes of the universe. Prana (or Chi/Qi/Ki as it's known in other Eastern cultures) animates a living being. Without Prana, life does not exist.

The concept of Prana is akin to that of Electricity. Just as without Electricity, an electrical appliance is of no use to humanity, similarly, without Prana there is no being in the human or animal or plant. In other words, Prana means life (as that is how we understand it in India).

This article will not get into the battle between modern Medicine and the Traditional Medical systems about the existence of Prana or of the subtle meridian system through which it flows. There is not a single iota of doubt in my mind about the existence of the two, driven by experiential knowledge (as a result of my practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Chi Gong and Yoga). To state a very unambiguous, unequivocal fact — it is possible to feel Prana, it is possible to enhance it's strength and flow and also control it's flow within and outside the human body.

Now that we have covered that bit, let us delve into this phenomenon of Prana and it's use in Healing.

{sidebar id=22}I could just as easily have used the term Qi/Chi instead of Prana. The Prana flows through the body via conduits known as meridians (or Nadis). According the Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are twelve (12) meridians through with this life-force flows in a human being.

NOTE: I chose to reference TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) due to my familiarity with the concepts presented therein (Ayurveda, the Traditional Indian Medial system too has an elaborate understanding and literature on this matter).

The table below contains a list of the twelve meridians (energy channels) that flow through the body (from the toes to the finger tips and the crown-point of the head).
As the names suggest, each of these meridians represent an internal organ (and the energetic aspect of the meridian also represents the energy predominant in the corresponding internal organ).

"A brief introduction into the concept of Chi — Chi is generated with the interaction of two opposing energies, Yin and Yang. Yin is absorptive and yeilding energy while Yang is expanding and "pushing" energy. There are various categorizations of Yin and Yang. Let it suffice to understand (for now) that Yin-Yang represents all duality in the universe, such as cold-hot, dark-bright, female-male, and so on (respectively)"

A point to be noted is, that according to TCM, the organs often are considered as part of the meridian (as opposed to the organs being the source of the meridians).

Meridian Energetic Aspect
Lung Meridian Yin
Large Intestine Meridian Yang
Stomach Meridian Yang
Spleen Meridian Yin
Heart Meridian Yin
Bladder Meridian Yang
Small Intestine Meridian Yang
Kidney Meridian Yin
Pericardium Meridian Yin
Triple Warmer Meridian Yang
Gall Bladder Meridian Yang
Liver Meridian Yin

In general, all health (adverse or positive) is a result of the interplay of energies (Yin-Yang) in the body and directly influenced by the flow (or lack of it) of Prana in the body.

Illustrations of the Meridian system (source:

Also, some great detailed illustrations can be found here —

All ailments in the human body afflict and manifest themselves as physiological and/or psychological disorders, and are tied into these meridians.

Health problems occur influenced by some or all of the following conditions —

  • Environmental factors (weather, temperature, climate, etc)
  • Life-style factors (stress in one's life, or other similar factors)
  • Dietary factors (lack of appropriate diet — also ties into the previous factors. For instance, certain types of food might not be suitable for specific environmental conditions)

Treatment for these ailments are done as follows —

  • Accupuncture (insertion of fine needles into combination of various meridian points. There are about 400 accupuncture points in the human meridian system).
  • Massage (Shiatsu, Accupressure, Tui Na, Ayurvedic massage)
  • Therapeutic corrections (such as Shirodhara, where medicated oil is dripped onto the head of the patient)
  • Mind-body practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi
  • Herbal medications
  • Dietary corrections

In most cases, treatment is a combination of the techniques listed above. For instance, In Ayurveda, there is a detoxification system known as [[Panchakarma]] that includes several of the afore-mentioned treatment techniques.

The most important thing to note is that these Energetic healing systems put the responsibility of health maintenance and disease prevention in the hands of the individual and not his/her physician. To get best benefit out of these systems, one has to have a mind-body practice such as Yoga or Tai Chi, proper dietary and life-style habits.

I leave you with a couple of videos that are beautifully presented and by experts in their respective fields. I hope to follow up on this article with more details on the various systems of Energetic healthcare.

WARNING: What you are going to see in the section below is extremely gripping and extends over two hours of video footage. The reader is urged to watch these at his/her leisure (Meaning, if you have to get up and go somewhere in 15 minutes, bookmark this page and come back and revisit it when you have about 2 hours to watch these videos).

A very nice video on Traditional Chinese Medicine from The University of California in Santa Francisco (UCSF):


A very nice video on Ayurveda from The University of California in San Francisco (UCSF):


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