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San Jiao in TCM. San Jiao Controls Water




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 The San Jiao in Traditional Chinese Medicine. How Does San Jiao Control Water?

Exclusion Zone Water (EZ Water or EZ) was discovered by Professor Gerald Pollack

Exclusion Zone Water (EZ Water or EZ) was discovered by Professor Gerald Pollack

It is intriguing that the following common-sense explanation of Dr Batmanghelidj (1) regarding the critical importance of water throughout the entire body has not been realised by main-stream academia.  The quintessential fact that water is responsible for the generation of the majority of energy to drive all biological functions in the process called “life” was paramount in the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) understanding of the San Jiao Organ. Regarding the operation of the San Jiao Organ in TCM, this theory is expounded in the commentaries of the 31st Difficult Issue of Unschuld’s (2) translation of the Nan Ching, where Yeh Lin relates, ‘When fire meets water, a transformation into influences takes place.’ How is “common old water” able to energize systems? It is via a long-established chemical process called “hydrolysis”. The ancient Chinese physicians “called a spade a spade” and were not aware of biochemical reactions and transformations, so when they used the term “fire meets water”, the modern scientific equivalence would be called “hydrolysis”. Thus in a modern transliteration of the 31st Difficult Issue of Unschuld’s (2) translation of the Nan Ching, Yeh Lin’s comment could be rendered, ‘When hydrolysis meets water, a transformation into influences takes place.’

To vindicate the uniqueness of the San Jiao ORGAN (aka Sanjiao, Triple Warmer, Triple Heater or Triple Energizer), I have written a book dedicated to proving that San Jiao is an actual organ in the body. The book titled The ‘Mystical’ TCM Triple Energizer. Its Elusive Location and Morphology Defined (3) is an innovative book full of intriguing information that confirms that ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners knew remarkable facts regarding the human body that modern medical and scientific research is only now discovering and proving. Dr Batmanghelidj’s (1) book shows that water is extremely important in all biological functions, and is in fact responsible for the production of vast amounts of energy required to allow biological processes to proceed.

This easy-reading enlightening book is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about the intricacies of the mysterious TCM organ metasystem that ancient TCM practitioners call San Jiao or Triple Warmer, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) terms the Triple Energizer. This enlightening book can be securely purchased by clicking the ‘BUY NOW’ button at the bottom of this page.

In the enlightening book titled ‘You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty. Water for Health, for Healing, for Life’, Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (1) vividly describes why water is so critical for the brain to function effectively and optimally in the section “Water the Energizer of the Brain”. In that section of the book he states:

It needs be understood that even if the outer skin of the body is comparatively dry and firm, the inner parts of the body should be waterlogged. All the cells of the body live as though they are in an ocean of salt water. Any function of the body has to obey the natural maritime laws. All transport and communications systems inside and outside the cells of the body are designed based on a water atmosphere, much like the habitat of fish in the ocean. All functions of the body depend on the basic relationship of its pump systems to water. Imagine people living in rural areas next to a river. Imagine the technology is so advanced that each house has its own small hydroelectric-power-generation system that is installed on the river. The flow of water in the river has the power and ability to turn the waterwheel of the turbines that manufacture electricity for the houses. At present, the turbines made for this type of use are installed separately from their waterwheels. The turbines have to be kept in a dry area, and the electricity they generate is “wired” to the house and distributed. In its use of hydroelectric energy for its cell functions, the human body has advanced beyond human imagination—a most enviable achievement. It has designed special turbines (as it were) that are installed in the waterwheels themselves, and they are submerged deep in the waterways.

Here, Batmanghelidj clearly states, “All transport and communications systems inside and outside the cells of the body are designed based on a water atmosphere, much like the habitat of fish in the ocean. All functions of the body depend on the basic relationship of its pump systems to water.” While it may appear that he is stating the obvious, biochemists and physiologists do not comprehend the significance of this statement, and delegate water as the ever-present inert material in which life just “happens”.

Batmanghelidj (1) proceeds to explain that creation has invested the human body with a profoundly sophisticated hydroelectric energy production system that dispenses with insulated wiring to distribute the energy. In fact all energy is generated in-situ rather than having a power station supplying energy needs from a distance. Batmanghelidj states:

Miniaturizing the turbines in this way makes another breakthrough in power generation in the body. As a result of this breakthrough, it has become possible to install each turbine where hydroelectric energy is needed. This makes it possible to economize on the need to use wires or electrical insulation to energize the whole body from its hydroelectric source of energy. The energy-generating battery of turbines is installed where energy is needed to perform a function. These hydroelectric-energy-generating units, which also perform a number of other functions, are called cation (pronounced cat-i-on) pumps. The human body has made another enviable advancement. Normally, in industrial settings, power is generated in one spot and used in another spot to turn motors that perform particular functions. In the body, the water-dependent, energy-generating components and work-performing functions are installed in the same unit.

But wait, there is more! In his logical illustrative and scientific writing style, Batmanghelidj explains that this highly-sophisticated biological hydroelectric generation plant has the capacity to store extra energy in the numerous “batteries” that biologists refer to as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), guanosine triphosphate (GTP) and thirdly, the calcium dumps in the cells known as endoplasmic reticulum. He states:

To economize further, when the workload is not too excessive and the rate of energy generation is more than is needed, the extra energy is stored. If the rate of water flow is more than adequate, the extra energy that is manufactured is stored in the batteries, like the coal and coke dump reserves next to the power stations that manufacture and distribute electricity. The widely scattered batteries that store the extra energy are called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and guano- sine triphosphate (GTP). A third area where energy is stored is in the calcium dumps in the cells. These areas are known as endoplasmic reticulum.

The enlightened doctor further notes that the human body has an automatic self-cleansing system installed to remove all wastes that are generated from each of its many trillions of cells, which is in his words “obviously powered by hydroelectricity”, How does this self-cleansing system operate? Batmanghelidj states, “It employs a type of “bilge pump,” the cation pump.” He explains further:

Cation pumps maintain balance in the interior of the cells of the body. They use hydroelectric energy generated from the rush of water through them to take some elements outside the cell and assist in the transfer of the needed elements into the cell. They energize the cells by also making more power than they need for their own task. This extra energy is stored for later use. Extra energy is manufactured only when water supply and its pressure is adequate. All functions of the brain depend in a major way on this source of energy.

It is my understanding that the microtubules in the waterways of all cells, including the long nerves, are made of cation pumps that are stuck together. You now understand why the rush of water from the outside to the inside of the microtubules also turns all the energy-dependent cation pumps that make up the microtubule.

Contrary to the belief of physiologists and biologists, Batmanghelidj (1) states, “Next to oxygen, water is the most essential material for the efficient working of the brain. Water is a primary nutrient for all brain functions and transmission of information. This is why the brain is 85 percent water and is housed in a very special “water bag” that goes all the way down the spinal cord into the lower back. The use of cation pumps is not limited to the nervous system. They are employed in all the cells of the body, in their outer membranes and in the membranes inside the cells.”

In his analysis of how water energizes the brain, Batmanghelidj (1) is describing the mechanism that defines the functionality of the San Jiao Organ from the ancient traditional Chinese standpoint of TCM. I invite you to learn more about the location and functionality of the San Jiao by digesting the contents of the book The ‘Mystical’ TCM Triple Energizer. Its Elusive Location and Morphology Defined (3).


(1) Batmanghelidj, F., ‘You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! Water for Health, for Healing, for Life’. (Grand Central Publishing, 2003).

(2) Unschuld, P. U., Nan Ching: The Classic of Difficult Issues (e-book edn, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1986), 771. With commentaries by Chinese and Japanese authors from the third through the twentieth century.

(3) Gordon, L., The ‘Mystical’ TCM Triple Energizer. Its Elusive Location and Morphology Defined. Xlibris Press, Australia. 2016.


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:

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