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Title: Effect of Lotus Posture on Acupuncture Meridian Energies: A Controlled Trial
Authors: Ghosh, Kuntal
Hankey, Alex
TM, Srinivasan
Keywords: AcuGraph
lotus position
acupuncture meridian energies
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: International Journal of Joy by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow
Citation: Kuntal Ghosh, Alex Hankey and Srinivasan TM (2016) " Effect of Lotus Posture on Acupuncture Meridian Energies: A Controlled Trial ", International Journal of Yoga, Wolters Kluwer - Medknow, Vol. 9, Issue.4 Oct-Dec. pp. 1-7
Abstract: Many studies have assessed Yoga practices using instruments such as AcuGraph, which measures conductances at Jing-Well points of acupuncture meridians. Such studies fi nd that participation in Yoga programs ranging from a weekend to many months systematically increases subtle energy. Here, we report comparison of Jing-Well point conductances before and after sitting in Lotus Posture with those before and after sitting in a chair. Methods: This was a controlled study conducted on 52 male Yoga practitioners (mean age in years 23.03 ± 3.23), all with >1 year experience of Yoga practices. Participants were alternately assigned into two groups, sitting in Lotus Posture and sitting in a chair. Each was measured on 3 successive days, before and after sitting as instructed for 10 min on the 1st day, 20 min on the 2nd day, and 30 min on the 3rd day. Results: The two groups yielded completely different results: those sitting in Lotus Posture for 30 min showed increases in subtle energy levels (E_Ls) in all acupuncture meridians; those sitting in chair produced universal decreases. Results for 10 and 20 min showed how these changes in energy values took time to build up with increasing time. Conclusions: Sitting in Lotus Posture is held to strongly stimulate subtle E_Ls, so results agreed with the experimental hypothesis. Nevertheless, decreases in E_Ls of those sitting in a chair were surprising since the rest might be expected to have no effect.
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