Pulses in the Shower
Do arteries of
everyone respond the same way? Of course, they do
not. In this tutorial, I offer suggestions for those
whose pulses do not respond initially.
Fingertips to Fingertips Pulses
I focus on the
fingertips during early training in autoreg for a
simple reason. Fingertips contain the richest supply
of sympathetic nerve fibers. It is easy to see the
wisdom of Nature in this. We use our fingertips for
more functions than any other body organ. It also
means that the walls of arteries in our fingertips
have the tightest reins on them from the vasomotor
center in the brain. It also explains why our
fingers and hands are the first body organs to feel
cold when we are stressed or become depressed.
There is yet
another simple method that many of my patients found
to be very useful during early training. This method
is especially valuable for those who do succeed in
getting the pulses when training with a professional
but are unable to get them on their own.
In this method, I
ask my patients to hold their hands together in
their laps with the fingertips of one hand touching
the fingertips of the other. Juxtaposition of the
fingertips assists in the perception of the pulses.
Again, once a person succeeds in getting the pulses,
he should separate his two hands to see if he can
sustain the pulses when his fingertips are not
autoregulation fast. They can be quickly taught to
ease up on these autonomic reins on their arteries
and let the pulses flow freely.
Pulses in the Wash
I wrote earlier
that a vast majority of patients in my
autoregulation class learn the method of directed
pulses during the very first training session. It
was different when I began teaching autoregulation
to my patients over ten years ago. At that time,
many patients were frustrated by their inability to
perceive any energy in their tissues with
autoregulation. This was quite common among very ill
patients. Even when some of them felt the pulses
during my autoregulation class, they were unable to
perceive or sustain pulses later when they tried the
method on their own. It didn't take long before
their angst became my frustration. I began to think
of ways that I could help such patients overcome
their systemic resistance.
The answer to the
riddle became obvious one day in my laboratory when
a woman in her mid-eighties related her experience.
She had patiently sat through the training session
for more than two hours without perceiving any
energy in her hands as other patients in the class
related their positive experiences. After the last
autoregulation exercise, suddenly her face beamed
with excitement as she loudly proclaimed that
finally she had felt the pulses. Then she added, "I
guess it happened now because my hands have been
slowly and steadily warming during the class, even
though I didn't feel clear pulses."
Like a flash, her
comment gave me the idea of using warm water for the
initial warming of hands, before beginning
autoregulation. The next question was simple and
predictable: What would be the simplest and most
convenient way to warm hands?
In the method of
pulses in the washbasin, a person dips both hands in
a washbasin full of lukewarm water for five to ten
minutes. When the temperature of the hands and
fingers rises to that of the warm water, the person
takes his hands out of the washbasin, dries them and
I have now
validated the clinical efficacy of this method with
extensive experience. Most patients who report
initial difficulties with autoregulation find this
method very useful in breaking the initial systemic
Pulses in the
washbasin may be tried in a kitchen or bathroom sink
or in a warm-water bathtub.
Pulses in the Shower
As I stated
earlier, pulses in the shower is another method I
tried—and found to be very effective—during my early
years of research with autoregulation. I
experimented with this method before I thought of
using warm water in a washbasin for overcoming
initial systemic resistance. This was an important
discovery for me—a powerful demonstration of the
phenomena of energy in self-regulation work. I moved
on to the method of pulses in the washbasin for some
important reasons, which I describe later in this
I strongly caution
chronically ill persons against this exercise.
Specifically, those with high blood pressure and
heart disease must not attempt this method.
Furthermore, all readers must read about the three
cautions given on the following pages before trying
this simple method.
Persons in robust
health may try this method as follows: After a
relaxing bath or shower, dry yourself with a towel.
Stand upright and still for a few moments. Keep your
back and neck straight and loose. Now move your
shoulders a little and feel your arms literally hang
loose from your shoulders. Shift your awareness to
your hands. (Do not try to focus or concentrate on
your hands or on anything. Also, do not try to
unfocus, since that is also a cortical trap.) Simply
be aware of your hands, keeping them limp and loose.
Now repeat to yourself seven times each of the
following five sentences:
- My hands are
heavy and warm.
- My hands are
heavy and warm and limp and loose.
- My fingertips
- My fingertips
- My fingertips
At the end of this
simple exercise, in all likelihood your hands will
feel heavy like lead and very comfortable. You will
probably also feel clear and strong pulses in most,
if not all, ten fingertips. On rare occasions,
extremely ill patients have told me they did not
succeed in feeling the pulses with their first
attempt. Such people require more than one trial.
After you have
succeeded in getting the pulses, you may continue
this exercise for as long as you wish. If you lose
the pulses, you can easily bring them back by
repeating the same sentences.
When Not to Do Pulses in the Shower
For emphasis, I
reiterate that the method of pulses in the shower
should not be tried under certain circumstances.
There are three important considerations.
paragraphs on cortical braking on the previous
pages. You may be surprised or even overwhelmed by
the way tissues respond. Pulses are an element of
self-discovery and it is a very pleasant surprise.
Still, it is necessary to be prepared to receive the
response from your tissues.
If you are under
treatment by your physician for a specific disease,
please check with him or her. It may be necessary to
practice the initial training under professional
supervision. Autoregulation is regulating yourself.
But in the midst of an established illness, it is
necessary to be cautious.
There are other
more suitable methods for ill patients to begin
practicing autoregulation methods. One good
alternative is pulses in the washbasin.
When Not to Do Pulses Anywhere
are a simple, safe, and useful method for stress
control and for increasing the blood supply (and
healing energy) to any part of the body. In general,
one cannot overdo the pulses. I have taught this
technique to a very large number of patients. There
are, however, a few situations where it is best to
avoid directing pulses to some part of the body.
1. The pain in
acutely inflamed tissues may be intensified with the
dilatation of blood vessels brought about with
pulses. The same holds for acute abscesses where the
pulses may precipitate throbbing pain.
2. Congestion in
the nose and sinuses is usually made worse with the
3. An established
severe headache is generally made worse with this
method. The pulses are useful for dissolving
headaches, but only during the initial period.
4. While internal
wounds heal, dilated vessels carry the risk of
internal bleeding. A patient underwent
prostatectomy. The wound in his bladder stopped
bleeding in two days. He was very proficient in the
method of the pulses. On the third day, without
consulting with me, he tried it on his own to
facilitate wound healing by sending the pulses to
his gland. Within an hour, the wound started
bleeding. He called me for advice. I told him not to
do the pulses. He stopped, and within a few hours,
the bleeding stopped.