Plants and the Force

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Somewhere in the IJRS lessons, we recommend going out and hugging a tree... well, trying to 'get in touch' with it's energies, etc.

Scott Stenwick has a couple of articles that note research which is discovering that plants have energies similar to Qi/Chi... just as people do. Amazing where you find the Force when you poke about!

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In China, scientific studies have been made of Qigong, which has a long history as a traditional medical practice in that country. Most research suggests that the main medical benefits of Qigong are healthier breathing and greater joint flexibility in addition to the usual benefits of increased physical activity. However, some study has also been made of Qigong masters to see if there is any validity to claims that qi can be "emitted" from one person to another. These studies have found that Qigong masters emit infrasonic waves. Infrasonic waves are sound vibrations that are below the frequency level normally perceived by the human ear. In effect, when a Qigong master "infuses" a patient with qi, what appears to be happening is that the master is causing the patient's body to vibrate at these infrasonic frequencies.
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more from Stan --

In other research, it was found that plants have a particular sort of Qi or energy, different from that of animals but present nonetheless. Researchers have now found that plants do in fact produce microscopic sound waves that can influence the growth of other plants. It may be that practitioners who work with Qi are able to sense these same vibrations, as well as issue sonic vibrations of their own.

It has long been known that planting basil near other species can tend to encourage its neighbor’s growth, and it is not new that plants communicate with each other through shade, chemical smells, root structures and other forms of touch. What scientists at the University of Western Australia were looking at specifically is if there is any other ways that plants communicate, and what they found is astonishing. By planting chili pepper next to basil, then separating them from all known methods of plant interaction, the chili plant still grew as if it knew the basil was there.

“We have previously suggested that acoustic signals may offer such a mechanism for mediating plant-plant relationships,” they explained in their conclusion,“ and proposed that such signals may be generated in plants by biochemical processes within the cell, where nanomechanical oscillations of various components in the cytoskeleton can produce a spectrum of vibrations.”


So maybe Qi really corresponds to "energy" after all - sonic vibrations have a measurable physical intensity. This might also explain why some people seem to have "green thumbs" even when they are very casual about caring for their plants. The plants themselves may just like the infrasonic vibrations produced by those individuals. It's also no big secret that sonic waves such as those corresponding to the vibration of names of power and so forth play an important role in magical operations. Closer investigation of the properties of these waves could prove very fruitful in terms of quantifying paranormal phenomena.
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A new book, Blinded by Science by Matthew Silverstone, compiles studies that seem to indicate vibrations produced by trees are also beneficial to human health.

The author points to a number of studies that have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological improvement in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants and trees. Specifically, the research indicates that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Also, he quotes a major public health report that investigated the association between green spaces and mental health concluded that "access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and well-being".

So what is it about Nature that can have these significant effects? Up until now it has been thought to be the open green spaces that cause this effect. However, Matthew Silverstone, shows that it is nothing to do with this by proving scientifically that it is the vibrational properties of trees and plants that give us the health benefits and not the open green spaces.

The answer to how plants and trees affect us physiologically turns out to be very simple. It is all to do with the fact that everything vibrates in a subtle manner, and different vibrations affect biological behaviors. One research experiment showed that if you drink a glass of water that has been treated with a "10Hz vibration" your blood coagulation rates will change immediately on ingesting the treated water. It is the same with trees, when touching a tree its different vibrational pattern will affect various biological behaviors within your body.


A little research into the book shows that it's conclusions are speculative and less scientific than this article makes them out to be. Still, in conjunction with the study previously referenced on plant vibrations, this suggests a straightforward hypothesis that should be subject to straightforward scientific testing and validation. What researchers need to be put together is a simple double-blind trial that tests exposure to vibrations of particular frequencies in the ranges emitted by both Qigong masters and plants.

The vibrations are inaudible in that range so there is no problem with tipping off the subjects, and the trials could be randomized by a computer to eliminate experimenter bias. The apparatus could consist of a simple acoustic chamber with emitters configurable for these low frequencies, and for each subject a computer control system could randomly determine whether the emitters are on or off. Then the health data for each subject could be compiled and matched to the treatment and control groups. That would pretty much do it as far as the experiment goes, just like what you would do for a regular drug trial.

If this effect can be demonstrated in a clear fashion it may provide a mechanism by which the various forms of energy work function and also explain some other effects that have been regarded as paranormal in the past, such as the way in which music seems to influence both plants and developing infants. Perhaps the sounds that work the best are simply those that resonate with or include undertones of these particular frequencies. Another interesting avenue for research could be identifying which frequencies work the best for facilitating health. It may be that there's a vibration range out there beyond those that living things can produce but which is even more conducive to good health.

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Pretty cool stuff.
And not so surprising that we may be 'interacting' at a sub-wave level. I mean, it's only been a few years ago that they finally built a detector sensitive enough to actually 'see' that humans *do* give off their own light. No telling what kind of signals we might be sending out along with our energies! Keep sending positive vibes!!!
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Panchami replied the topic: Plants and the Force

Interesting! Do you have any references to actual papers about the Qi being infrasound thing?
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Measurement and Analysis of Infrasonic Waves from Emitted Qi
Brief description of a study published in the proceedings of "The First World Conference for Academic Exchange of Medical Qigong published in Beijing, China in 1988.


International College of Medical QiGong
Go between halfway and two-thirds down the page to the 'articles' list. Four links to papers on studies on QiGong and healing and the nervous system.


Alternative Therapies (QiGong)
from -- Alternative Therapies, July/Aug 2004, VOL. 10, No.4; Analytic Review of External Qi Studies, page 38- 41.


EBSCO search
EBSCO allows searches through decades of professional journals and periodicals. Helps if you have access through a college or university since (most times) there is no charge that way. Sometimes, some of the articles are available free as PDFs when accessing 'at home'. Plenty if you just put in 'QiGong' or 'Infrasound' but not seen many which are specifically on testing QiGong for infrasound / healing results... but I'm still looking. (( sometimes getting the articles are more an 'art' then a science when it comes to how you put in the words and the 'AND / OR' connecitons... ))


Energy Medicine, Energy Therapies, and Cardiovascular Disease
Complementary and Alternative Cardiovascular Medicine
Contemporary Cardiology 2004, pp 201-214
Energy Medicine, Energy Therapies, and Cardiovascular Disease
by Maria Syldona PhD, Glen Rein PhD

but to get the full article for a non-student might cost as much as $30!
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This is awesome. Thank you for this post!
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