Research: HOU and LI, Xinjia

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HOU and LI, Xinjiang Academy of Forestry Science, China have previously shown that plants exhibit functional characteristics similar to the meridian system in humans and animals, including high potential and low electrical resistance, high temperature and spontaneous sound production. In this paper the authors show the effect of acupuncture on plants.



2 cultivars of Phaseolus vulgaris (pole bean and bush bean) were subjected to acupuncture by the insertion of 2 needles into opposite sides of the stem of the unifoliolate buds.


Acupuncture strengthened the growth and development of the plants . Two repeated experiments demonstrated that, compared to the control plants under the same growing conditions, the mean net photosynthesis rate of the acupuncture-treated plants increased by about 20.5%, mean transpiration by 27.2%, growth, total internodal length by 22.5%, and total dry weight of shoots from the cotyledon to the apex by 22.9%. Additionally acupuncture-treated plants flowered 3 days earlier and produced 14.4% more fruit than untreated control plants.


Acupuncture may become a viable technique for increasing agricultural yield of crop plants.


Hou TZ and Li MD. Experimental evidence of a plant meridian system: IV. The effects of acupuncture on growth and metabolism of Phaseolus vulgaris L. beans. Am J Chin Med 25(2): 135-42. 1997 .


What astonishing research results, which, in addition to adding to the evidence of the existence of acupuncture meridians, also shows that acupuncture increases agricultural productivity in food crops such as beans!

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