The Extracellular Matrix In 1975, Dr. Alfred Pischinger, Professor of Histology and Embryology at the University of Vienna presented the results of a lifetime of research on the EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX. From the beginning, Dr. Pischinger understood that the origins of health were not in the individual cells of the body, but within the connective tissue matrix. His ground-breaking research proved that this Extracellular Matrix is the one continuous system in the human body which allows instantaneous communication through alterations in molecular configurations. The lymphatic system is the cellular milieu of this matrix, managing the nutrition of every cell and removal of their waste products. Disease arises as a result of dysfunction of this Matrix from heavy metal loads, effects of stress (Dr. Hans Selye, 1953 Stress and the General Adaptation Syndrome), and various noxious substances causing chronic inflammation including the chronic use of pharmaceuticals. Dr. Pischinger discovered that by normalizing the Extracellular Matrix, chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis became amenable to treatment.
Acupuncture Points: Windows on the Extracellular Matrix In 1988, a German Histologist, Dr. H. Heine, demonstrated that the Matrix stretched from the depths of the body towards the surface in the form of cylinders of meshwork which enclose the perforating nerve and vascular bundles. These “Heine Cylinders” perforate the surface tissue at the Acupuncture points described by the Chinese over three thousand years ago.
The acupuncture points are the precise points on the body where the Extracellular Matrix reaches the surface and where the Matrix can both receive information from the environment, and are influenced over great distances. This recent understanding gives credibility to the ancient science of acupuncture and the Chinese Acupuncture Meridian System.
The first confirmation of this theory focused on the acupuncture point Bladder 17 (BL 17) which is the Master point of the diaphragm. After needling BL17, located on either side of the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra, there was measurable relaxation of the diaphragm muscle, change in the diaphragm contour and increase in the amplitude of the diaphragm movement. This confirms that there is a regulatory relationship between the acupuncture point and its associated organ (in this case, the diaphragm).