Just the other day I was reading through a book that mentioned the piezoelectric effect. Are you familiar with this?
It is a property of crystalline structures whereby pressure will generate electricity.
I’ve heard of this several times throughout the years, but while reading about this effect this time a lightbulb went off for me!
Understand that your bones and connective tissues are crystalline structures. Therefore the piezoelectric effect occurs inside the human body.
For the last hundred years or so, humanity has almost singularly gone down the path of us being chemical beings. Obviously, this is true and has become a large part of what medicine is based on and even how we see biology via molecular interactions.
But it is just as true, perhaps even more so, that we are electrical beings.
EEG’s read our brain waves with an electric pattern.
The heart generates an electromagnetic field magnitudes bigger than the brain.
Nowadays, we know that our DNA shoots off biophotons too.
So back to the piezoelectric effect. Part of the ‘aha’ moment for me was to realize that this may, at least in part, explain the Eastern concept of Qi (chi).
Pressure on the tissues generates an electric effect. This electric effect then does what? It’s a good question.
Understand again that so much of biology is based on dissecting dead bodies, or looking at how chemicals affect cells. Looking at how “energy” in different forms affects living bodies is something that is harder to see and study…so we’ve done far less of it.
So let’s move to examples.
Walking is very good for us human beings. Bipedal motion is something we humans are uniquely suited for, so much that we require this motion for good health. And with each step, you may be charging your body with qi based on this piezoelectric effect.
Strength training is obviously very helpful. Whether weights or bodyweight, you’re placing loads on your body. And these loads may similarly be charging your body with qi based on this piezoelectric effect.
To take it to another level, some of the training methods I’m a big fan of include partials, supports, and carrying exercises as I discuss in Strengthen Your Structure.
Why are these exercises so great? It may just be that the heavier loads and pressure across the frame of the body (super loading on the bones) generate an even stronger piezoelectric and vitality enhancing effect.
In deep breathing exercises, your diaphragm pushes down on all the organs in your abdomen which are held in place by connective tissues.
Perhaps this generates a local piezoelectric effect that nourishes the organs in some way, going beyond the greater oxygenation that we know occurs from deep breathing.
And then we can look at acupressure by rubbing and tapping points, as I cover in Buzzing with Energy, that could possibly be explained by this effect.
These are just theories at this point. I’m not aware of any research that may back these up, but my guess is that it’s out there. (If you happen to know of any please do share it with me.)
The more I get into health, the more I recognize that the electric part of us is so important. And possibly I just “discovered” how the mechanical in turn work on the electrical.
Anyway, just some thoughts that I felt were worth sharing.