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quote:Originally posted by cannabinoidMany practitioners of arts like yoga or qi gong can do wacky things like slow their heart rates to abnormally low levels, pass things through their bodies that shouldnt pass, or generate heat in localized areas. I'm still pretty low on the rungs of my studies in biochemistry and physiology, (that's for grad school, my nearly-completed undergrad degree is in plain ol' chemistry) so I don't have a vast understanding of the mechanisms of these skills. But I can tell you that I spent some time in years past studying qi gong and reiki, and I've seen people do some pretty amazing things to themselves and others. I don't proclaim any of these things to be supernatural, but I do think that one can mess with biological functions of the body that are supposed to be "automatic." Some real research on the validity of holistic healing modalities would make for some kickass graduate thesis work. If anyone's done any kind of studies that provide evidence either for or against various types of alternative medicine, I'd love to hear about it.This message brought to you by The Council of People Who Are Sick of Seeing More People
quote:Originally posted by JolyonIf the tensing is done in a particular way [which I am really at a loss to describe], it triggers waves of an electrical sensation which is generally a precursor to the goose bumps. These “waves” are quite specific in their movement and direction. They begin at the base of the skull just above the “muscle tensing “area then radiate outwards to my upper back and shoulders, then to my arms and finally my legs [most strongly at the front of my thighs]. It also moves around my head in a wave, like I was putting on a tracksuit hood [but no goose bumps manifest there as far as I can tell except on my neck]. I can increase the intensity of these waves,]