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What is Sanjiao? What is the Triple Warmer Function in Chinese Medicine? What is Triple Energizer Function? How Does the Triple Energizer Function Correlate to Connective Tissue Function, Connective Tissue Disease and Connective Tissue Disorders?

 

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  Exactly What is Sanjiao? What is the Triple Warmer Function in Chinese Medicine? What is Triple Energizer Function? How Does the Triple Energizer Function Correlate to Connective Tissue Function, Connective Tissue Disease and Connective Tissue Disorders? 

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32.5 Collagen Liquid Crystalline Mesophases and Memory

With reference to the intercommunication of liquid crystalline collagens and the intrinsic memory therein, in the 2014 article by Ho and Knight (82), the authors note that researchers have confirmed that subtle changes to the three-dimensional configuration of the collagen triple helix cause the collagen to express altered biological activities. Collagen is known to regulate the growth and movement of cells when contact is made, and numerous cell membrane proteins recognize specific sites of the collagen protein. When subtle errors occur in the amino acid sequencing during the formation of collagen, the outcome can be profound, yielding hereditary disorders, including chondrodysplasias, osteogenesis imperfecta, and Ehler-Danlos syndrome. The authors state, ‘As the collagens and bound water form a global network, there will be a certain degree of stability, or resistance to change’ (emphasis is mine). They note that this arrangement constitutes a memory and that further cross-linking and other chemical adaptations of the collagens would stabilize that memory even more so. While the collagenous network does preserve tissue memory of former experiences, it is also able to register new experiences because all connective tissues, including bones, are relentlessly communicating and responding to information as well as experiencing metabolic processes. They state, ‘Memory is thus dynamically distributed in the structured network and the associated, self-reinforcing circuits of proton currents, the sum total of which will be expected to make up the DC body field itself.’ Note that the authors stated, ‘The collagens and bound water form a global network.’ Note that as the hydrophilic collagen network is the fixed infrastructure, the attracted water is essentially drawn to the collagen and goes along for the ride throughout the entire body. That sounds remarkably like the major function of the Minister of Dykes and Dredges, the Triple-Energizer organ complex (San Jiao), which is ‘the official in charge of irrigation and it controls the water passages’.

36.2 Fascia (Connective Tissue) Is Ubiquitous as It Intimately Permeates Our Entire Body

To show how fascia intimately permeates our entire body from the fibrin in blood to the coral structure of bone, Myers (110) stresses that as time progresses, enlightened researchers and professionals around the world are agreeing that fascia is far more encompassing than previously thought, and the definition of fascia now includes the array of collagenous-based soft tissues throughout the body, also comprising the various cells that construct and uphold the complex network of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Myers notes that the broadened definition now includes the ligaments, tendons, and bursae, along with the muscle-associated fascia, including endomysium, perimysium, and epimysium. Further to this, organ-associated fascia is included, namely, coelomic bags that contain the organs in the peritoneum and the mesentery within your abdominal cavity, the mediastinum, pericardium, and the pleura that contain the chest cavity organs. Also, membranes comprising the dura, pia, and perineuria that mantle the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves are included as ‘fascia’. In spite of the more enlightened definition of fascia, many researchers still exclude bone and cartilage as fascia. Myers believes that because these harder structures are actually also derived from the fiber, gel, and water composition of the ECM (as are all the other ‘fascia’), they too rightfully should be defined as fascia.

36.3 The Major Building Component of Omnipresent Connective Tissue Is Water

An interesting comment is made by Myers (110), that water makes up a large part of this omnipresent fascial connective-tissue structure, which makes up a vast array of diverse structural components throughout the body. He says (110), ‘You would need a large shopping cart to purchase all the materials you would need to make a body, but connective tissue manages to build all of them—strings, wires, elastics, sheets, sacs, insulating material, bushings, struts, and springs—your connective tissue cells wrestle all of these from three simple elements: water, gels, and fibers’ (emphasis is mine). Myers also states that the extracellular matrix (ECM) + connective tissue cells = fascia.

Myers shows that water is a major component of the Connective-Tissue Metasystem. Remember that the Triple-Energizer Metasystem also masters the water throughout the entire body. The author goes further to state, ‘However you define it, fascia is everywhere—top to toe, birth to death, micro to macro. . . . Fascia is one network, embryologically and anatomically. All these different names we give elements within it—this tendon or that ligament—can tend to hide the fact that it is all one connected system’ (emphasis is mine). Regarding the expanded definition of fascia, there is an amazing connection with the fact that the Triple Energizer is the activator of the Yuan Qi, and here we see that the author states that the fascial system is intrinsic from birth to death and encompasses one network embryologically and anatomically into adulthood.

36.4 The Triple Energizer and Fascia Truly Permeate Our Entire Being

Myers (110) continues that, just as our circulatory system acts as a chemical regulator throughout the entire body and the nervous system manages timing sequences throughout the entire body, similarly, fascia constitutes the Biomechanical Regulation System throughout the entire body and should be given the respect it deserves and should be researched and treated as an omnipresent system rather than being segregated into a series of individual elements. He stresses that the omnipresent Biomechanical Regulation System, which is the fascial metasystem, should be more correctly defined in modern terms associated with Einstein’s theory on relativity, synergetic systems theory, fractal mathematics, and tensegrity geometry associated with biological systems.

In a like manner, the Triple Energizer needs to be seen for what it truly is—an integral system that permeates the entire body. The diagram on Myers’s website asks the question ‘Are there really 600 muscles?’ It pertinently answers with the comment ‘Or only one muscle in 600 fascial pockets?’

Summary of Chapter 36

What is Connective Tissue? The terminology connective tissue denotes the tissues that surround, support, and protect all the other anatomical structures of the body. Connective tissue is the matrix that attaches and fastens together all of the body’s organs and systems while simultaneously providing compartmentalization and differentiation between them. The connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, for example, is not an isolated and independent entity, but rather, it is a continuous substance extending throughout the body. As Myers says, ‘You would need a large shopping cart to purchase all the materials you would need to make a body, but connective tissue manages to build all of them—strings, wires, elastics, sheets, sacs, insulating material, bushings, struts, and springs—your connective tissue cells wrestle all these from three simple elements: water, gels, and fibers.’

Fascia, a specific kind of connective tissue, is a strong, continuous sheath that provides structural support for the skeleton and the soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc. Increasingly in scientific and research circles and professionals worldwide, fascia has a wider definition and includes all the collagen-based soft tissues in the body, including the cells that create and maintain that network of extracellular matrix (ECM). Fascia is everywhere—top to toe, birth to death, micro to macro. Fascia is one network embryologically and anatomically. All these different names we give elements within it—this tendon or that ligament—can tend to hide the fact that it is all one connected system. Myers states that the extracellular matrix (ECM) + connective-tissue cells = fascia.

Of the four general classes of animal tissues, connective tissue (CT) is the most diverse in the cellular arrangements that it constructs. CT is ‘found everywhere’, like a bag or a wall; ‘it is located in between other tissues’. All CTs ‘are immersed in the body fluids’. All these facts about the Connective-Tissue Metasystem apply equally for the definition and the structure of the Triple-Energizer Metasystem. Likewise, the nine functions attributed to the Connective-Tissue Metasystem above apply equally to the Triple-Energizer Metasystem. I absolutely believe that these two metasystems are substantially one and the same.

REFERENCES:

(82) Ho, M. W., and D. P. Knight, ‘The Acupuncture System and the Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues: Liquid Crystalline Meridians’, American Journal of Complementary Medicine (in press) (2014).

(110) Myers, T., ‘Fascia & Tensegrity’ (2014). Available from <http://www.anatomytrains.com/fascia/>.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

I wish to sincerely thank Dr Paul U. Unschuld for the selfless and tireless work he has committed to make many ancient Chinese medical classics available in English for study and research. My book is based predominantly around his scholarly work ‘Nan-Ching: The Classic of Difficult Issues’. I also wish to sincerely thank Professor Unschuld for permission to use citations of his translation in my book. His translation of ‘Nan-Ching: The Classic of Difficult Issues’ can be purchased from the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Nan-ching_The-Classic-Difficult-Comparative-Studies/dp/0520053729

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