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EMF/RF/5G Acupuncture and EHS/Microwave Illnesses; A Chinese Medicine Expert Perspective on Stages of ‘EHS’ 

Images Courtesy Flo Freshman

By Patricia Burke of Safe Tech International

Independent researchers, healers, and laypersons have been engaged in earnest, sincere efforts to educate the public about how artificial frequencies are causing symptoms, adverse health effects, illness, pain and suffering, and disability in a portion of the population.

For example, the WEEP Initiative, “The Canadian Initiative to Stop Wireless, Electric, and Electromagnetic Pollution” has been disseminating information about wireless risks since 2008.  Their guide, “What Is Electrohypersensitivity” (adapted from material written by Beau Binder and Anna Jonsson) includes a list of common symptoms and a description of the stages of the health condition called ‘EHS’ or ‘microwave sickness.’

Common Symptoms

  • Concentration problems
  • Memory lapses
  • Aches or pressure in head, throat and chest
  • Unsteady balance, dizziness
  • Altered heart rate
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Numbness or pain in affected areas
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Eye irritation
  • Red skin blotches, eczema

Four Stages of Electrohypersensitivity

  1. Mild combinations of some of the common symptoms – typically headaches, concentration & memory problems – while working with electronic equipment.
  2. Longer lasting symptoms after working with electronic equipment. Similar reactions in the vicinity of transmission towers and relay antennae. Symptoms often require medical care.
  3. Inability to work full-time; frequent sick leaves taken to cope with symptoms.
  4. Acute adverse reactions from electromagnetic pollution, both in outdoor and indoor environments. Results in unemployment and severe curtailment of freedom. Requires expensive reengineering of home environment or relocation to spartan, EMF/EMR-free rural or wilderness areas.” – WEEP
WEEP Initiative | The Canadian and International Initiative to stop Wireless, Electric, and Electromagnetic Pollution

The Canadian group has also developed a resource for “Talking to Your Doctor,” as many health care providers do not yet recognize the condition.

Other organizations, worldwide, have also developed lists and graphics that summarize health complaints associated with both radiofrequency exposures and polluted power quality.

West Meets East: Training Acupuncturists to Identify and Treat Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

An important bridge between Western and Eastern perspectives on ‘EHS’ and other environmental health challenges is emerging as practitioners of so-called “Alternative Medicine” are sharing insights, experience, and knowledge.

In May of 2002, “TCM Treatments for EMF Sensitivity | Acupuncture CEU Course” was taught by Wisconsin acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner Michelle Meramour, Dipl.Ac..

An introductory overview (1 hour 18 minutes) of the interactive day-long professional CEU training is available free online here:

Lotus | TCM Treatments for EMF Sensitivity (elotus.org)TCM Treatments for EMF Sensitivity | Acupuncture CEU Course, May 16, 2022, Patients with chronic illness exacerbated by electromagnetic field (EMF) sensitivity turn to holistic medicine and TCM for relief. The adverse health effects for people with EMF sensitivity include a disruption in the calcium influx into the cells and the over-activation of free radicals harmful to the cardiovascular, immune, hepatic, neurological, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Understanding the science behind EMF sensitivity and the TCM disease progression allows practitioners to identify early warning signs and formulate acupuncture, herbal, supplement, and essential oil treatments that can help reduce patient’s associated symptoms. Lifestyle changes are crucial for the success of TCM treatments and lasting improvements in health. Upon completion of this course, Participants will learn the biomedical reasons and warning signs for EMF sensitivity. Participants will understand how EMF causes disease progression according to TCM theory. Participants will create treatment plans for EMF sensitivity using acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and essential oils. Participants will learn about lifestyle recommendations for EMF-sensitive patients to reduce exposure and improve tolerance.

Genetic Predispositions

In the introductory talk, Michelle Meramour begins by explaining that there are measurable genetic predispositions towards electrical sensitivity, 

She provides acupuncturists with background on Western RF research, including Martin Pall’s work on voltage gated calcium channels, before introducing a model of EMF injury and illness progression based in Chinese Medicine.

At about 45 minutes into the video, she describes the progression of six stages of EHS from the Chinese Medicine perspective, as disharmony moves through six meridian pairs. (Meridians are the invisible electromagnetic pathways that act like fiber optic networks carrying light energy throughout the body.)

Exterior Pathogenic “Heat” Becomes Internal Wind

According to the evocative imagery of Traditional Chinese Medicine, “Unseen pathogens that enter the body are thought to travel on the Wind.”

Michelle Meramour’s modernized model considers RF as exterior pathogenic ‘heat.’

But the use of term ‘heat’ does not refer to measuring the temperature of inanimate engineering models. This practice forms the backbone of industry and regulator claims about the ‘safety’ of tech devices and infrastructure.

Prevailing regulation of wireless exposures (derived from military radar and economic priorities) only protects against acute short-term exposures, and heating and burns, Yet Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological conditions are not caused by “a ‘temperature,’”

Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses pathogenic properties, including inflammation, and is not restricted to measurable thermal injury and/or increased core body temperature.

As an example, one observed manifestation of damage caused by RF exposure in some individuals is high blood pressure, which, again, does not feature increased body temperature. When high blood pressure is associated with RF, it is perceived in Michele’s model as an external force that then manifests as increased internal Wind.

 “…The people who have the most severe EMF sensitivities are often having neurological issues, and that’s Wind. That’s when Wind becomes internal Wind. That’s when the body’s damaged so much and the blood is damaged so much that then they have internally generated wind. It starts exterior, and if it goes for too long deep enough in the body it ends up acting like an internal Wind.”

The First of Six Stages: Small Intestine and Urinary Bladder

(In Chinese medicine, although the meridians have the same names as organs in the West, the labels refer to both the invisible lines of energy as well as an entire resonant field that corresponds with an organ system’s frequency. Names of meridians are customarily capitalized.)

Michele created a body feedback system rooted in TCM acupuncture that uses Six Level Theory to diagnose and treat EHS.

From Michele’s feedback system, in the first stage, EMF infiltrates the body via two meridian pathways: Small Intestine, and Urinary Bladder.  

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Small Intestine is associated with the entire enteric nervous system, ie the ‘gut’.

(Scholarpedia describes the Enteric Nervous System: “The enteric nervous system (ENS) is the intrinsic nervous system of the gastrointestinal tract. It contains complete reflex circuits that detect the physiological condition of the gastrointestinal tract, integrate information about the state of the gastrointestinal tract, and provide outputs to control gut movement, fluid exchange between the gut and its lumen, and local blood flow (Gershon 2005; Furness 2006). It is the only part of the peripheral nervous system that contains extensive neural circuits that are capable of local, autonomous function. The ENS has extensive, two-way, connections with the central nervous system (CNS), and works in concert with the CNS to control the digestive system in the context of local and whole body physiological demands. Because of its extent and its degree of autonomy, the ENS has been referred to as a second brain.”)

In TCM, the Urinary Bladder is associated with the functioning of the autonomic nervous system.

(Scholarpedia describes the Autonomic Nervous System: “The term autonomic nervous system (ANS) refers to collections of motor neurons (ganglia) situated in the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, and to the axonal connections of these neurons [ ] Autonomic pathways, together with somatic motor pathways to skeletal muscle and neuroendocrine pathways, are the means whereby the central nervous system (CNS) sends commands to the rest of the body.”)

Symptoms from TCM Perspective = Imbalance

Michelle Meramour explains “In the Body-Feedback system, the tai yang meridians (Small intestine and Urinary Bladder) correspond with the hypothalamus, which determines how information is processed through the autonomic nervous system. The hypothalamus then creates hormones via the pituitary gland and endocrine system connection. Symptoms of EMFs affecting tai yang include poor quality sleep, general hypersensitivity, ANS dysfunction, weak immune function, and moodiness.”

As she addresses the other five levels of disharmony associated with the five additional meridian pairs, she discusses histamines, allergies, MAST cell activation, chronic inflammation, and manifestations of deeper levels of imbalance that are very familiar to the EHS patient and practitioner population, including cardiac conditions.

The East: Harmonizing the Internal Field with the External Field

Individuals navigating the challenge of a mainstream medical model, industry, regulatory environment, and mass culture that discounts EHS health complaints may experience tremendous comfort and support by being introduced to a modern application of an extensive cosmological model that has stood the test of time.

A goal of Chinese Medicine is to harmonize the internal energies with the changing patterns of the external Cosmic Current, making TCM a relevant framework for understanding disharmony resulting from EMF/RF pollution on the subtle energy body.

TCM is modified by the time that treatment is provided. because time is recognized as an energetic, synchronizing frequency, and not simply a commodity or a tool to coordinate the masses.

For the TCM perspective, imbalance is apparent long before causal proof of association with a specific disease, which is a criterion that continues to dominate in the West (for example, regulating tobacco re: lung cancer, and the question of cell phone use and brain tumors, while ignoring other symptoms and evidence of harm, including proximal infrastructure).

Because of the misguided focus on disease rather than dis-ease, products like lead remain in common use, causing harm decades after evidence of health and environmental damage is apparent, as noted in numerous cases of “Late Lessons from Early Warnings” quantified by the European Environment Agency,” which promotes the Precautionary Principle.

Treatment is Individualized: Constitutional Medicine

As Michele explains, feedback from the individual’s body informs the treatment approach, because Chinese Medicine recognizes that healing is an individualized journey.

Although not discussed in the video, Chinese Medicine (as well as India’s Ayurvedic sciences) recognize that individuals vary by constitutional type,

For example, recognition of varying capacities for detoxification tied to Liver function is beginning to receive mainstream attention, based on models of preventing disease, and genetic testing.

But recognition of the Spleen’s role in distributing chi throughout the entire organism, based on an understanding of individual constitution playing out against the changing backdrop of the Cosmic Current, has not reached critical mass. (Donna Eden is one of the foremost teachers of energy medicine, including the Spleen- Triple Warmer dynamic and its role in managing stress. Her daughter Dondi Dahlin has authored her own book on constitution via Five-Element theory,)

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, the Spleen constitution may be one of the most vulnerable to EMF/RF injury. The mainstream mass medical model does not recognize that certain constitutional types are prone to different types of health challenges., including an increased sensitivity to EMF/RF and dirty electricity, or that certain conditions can be exacerbated by exposures, for example, M.S.

This knowledge has not yet been translated into accessible, informed, individualized lifestyle choices or policy decisions.

Chinese medicine’s insights offer an extraordinarily accessible and applicable template that could quickly progress society’s understanding of ecology and health.

The Evolutionary Role of Sensitivity

Trauma expert Peter Levine wrote, “In a herd of deer, we need some super-sensitive ones. They are the ones that will hear that teeniest little crack or smell the one or two molecules of scent from the mountain lion that’s stalking them. Their job is to use their hyper-sensitivity to alert the whole group.”

Peter Levine’s perspective on sensitivity’s evolutionary protective function has not gained a foothold, due to an enduring focus on economic growth at the expense of health and the environment. 

The European Union prioritises economics over health in the rollout of radiofrequency technologies (degruyter.com)

Destroying The Web of Life; Wireless as Technocratic Pollutant

Access to the remarkable knowledge shared in the acupuncture training video is a reminder of the benefits of the internet and ‘world wide web’ for sharing wisdom from many sources around the world.

But dominance and ridicule interfere with the evolution of science and understanding, for example, via Wikipedia: “Acupuncture is a pseudoscience the theories and practices of TCM are not based on scientific knowledge, and it has been characterized as quackery.”

The West does not understand the exquisite synchronizing force of the cosmos. Lack of literacy is amplified by enduring trauma of the witch trials and fueled by increasing fear of ‘climate’ narratives that justify even more technology overreach. Humanity has been insidiously led to embrace the belief that data and ‘connectivity’ (doubling as surveillance and control) must be faster and more ubiquitous and provided by wireless applications.

The consumer-based economic growth model remains dissociated from the laws of nature and health that were quantified thousands of years ago, in reverential societies grounded in principles of balance and harmony.

Proof of Disease or Proof of Dis-regulation?

Sleep disruption caused by electrosmog is just one indication of interference with synchronicity with the Cosmic Current; digestive challenges are another, and both impair immune function. Chronobiology has only been recently discovered in the West. With the insights of TCM, society can reject industry’s demand for proof of disease onset, and instead heed immediate evidence of dis-regulation and assault on the internal sovereignty of individuals,

Outdated Beliefs, and The Skin as Intelligent Information Highway

The industry narratives that non-ionizing is not harmful because it is not ionizing, and that adverse health effects can only be caused by thermal injury, are inaccurate.

In 2009, researcher Dr Morry Silberstein of Curtin University discovered that, ” the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin disrupts the branching point of nerves called C fibres, which transmit low-grade sensory information over very long distances by using Merkel cells as intermediaries. “We have known for some time that acupuncture points have a much lower electrical resistance than nearby areas of skin,” Dr Silberstein said.”

In addition, researchers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, including Yael Stein, researched “5G” millimeter wave technology (Sub Terahertz frequencies) interaction with the human body. They discovered that human sweat glands act as helical antennas.

This indicates that inanimate engineering models designed to justify the safety of 5G that treat the skin as homogeneous are incorrect, for example, inanimate tissue modeling that claims that 5G “vanishes” before it reaches “the brain layer.”

Chinese medicine implies that research should be conducted to determine how artificial frequencies impact the ”points” in the skin that act as receivers and serve as the distribution network for chi that impacts internal function, regardless of temperature.

Accessing the wisdom of Chinese Medicine offers humanity a remarkable opportunity to move into deeper literacy regarding balance and health, and to make newly informed decisions about the role of unconscious conveniences, outdated beliefs, and the reign of technocracy.

It also offers the promise of addressing dismissal, ridicule, fear and/or dominance towards indigenous, Eastern, Chinese and Russian intellectual contributions.

Unacknowledged fear and arrogance is blocking global human healing potentials and enabling untold health and environmental harm.

Recognition of disharmony, entitlement, and lack of reverence is mounting.

The marker must be moved away from evidence of a causal link to disease onset and inanimate engineering models supporting theoretical thermal thresholds, and towards safer technologies. We already have the map – no GPS navigation via satellite is needed.

“If we make no effort to change direction, we will end up where we are heading.”  — Chinese Proverb


  1. “The Pulse, The Electronic Age and Radiation: Early Detection.” 2009 article by Leon I. Hammer, M.D
  2. EMF Exposures; Adverse Effects and Patient Health and Outcomes, Feb. 2022 by Kathy Veon, DAOM, AP, CCN
  3. EMF/RF/EHS and How I Broke My Nose on the Acupuncture Table Oct. 2022 by Patricia Burke
  4. Acupuncture and EHS/Microwave Illnesses; Taking Another Look at Electrical Pollution Oct. 2022 by Patricia Burke
  5. Does Free Electrons Flow Through Specific Acupuncture Meridians? April 2019 by Dwight Chien “In the case of Earthing, the main meridians entered are:Spleen, Stomach, Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidneys, and Urinary Bladder.”
  6. Curtin researchers unlock the secrets of acupuncture, 2009
  7. An important paper by the International Commission on the Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (ICBE-EMF) has just been published
Scientific evidence invalidates health assumptions underlying FCC and ICNIRP exposure limits determinations for radiofrequency radiation: implications for 5G (icbe-emf.org) 15-minute slide presentation that summarizes the paper:  Flawed Assumptions Regarding FCC and ICNIRP Exposure Limits for Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR) 
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  1. Acupuncture is/was the only thing that helped me. I had radiation poisoning for 18 years and the doctors gave me another reason…depression, pseudo dementia etc. I had 21 symptoms including cancer 4 times that I identified in time. Had to put 2 cats down too, they were indoor cats and got the same symptoms I got but it was too late for them before I found out what was going on. I investigated 5G and realized that it was my very strong router that was on 24/7 that was killing me. I found out 2 months before covid hit. I fixed my house and all my emf emitting devices and I feel better. I told my doctor and he believed me and put the systems in my file in case other have the same thing.
    So, if a router can do that (it happened over a few years) what can a tower do?

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