The Biophysics of the Vascular Autonomic Signal and Healing. Citation: (Ackerman 2001)

In an article by Dr. John M. Ackerman, the subtle energy research initiated by the orthopedic surgeon, Joseph H. Navach, MD, is highlighted. Work, that has focused on a dermal-vascular reflex to an autonomic nervous system response known as the Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS). VAS palpation has been used for fifty years by thousands of physicians around the world as part of auricular acupuncture and auriculomedicine applications in, or supplementing, their clinical practice. The purpose of the article, a review of hypothesized biophoton/molecular/physiologic aspects of the VAS, clinical utilization of the VAS, and Dopplar documentation of the arterial manifestation of the VAS, is to show use of the VAS as objective evidence of a person’s state of health and/or illness at any moment in time and what traditional and/or complimentary medicine/remedies might be useful. And, that further study of the VAS presents an opportunity for the development of new, inexpensive, non-invasive diagnostic technologies that could evolve from this important clinical palpation.

Navach, who was convinced that homeostasis is governed by a coordinated effect between the central nervous system (particularly the anterior hypothalamus), the endocrine system, the immune system and the autonomic nervous system,[1-2] believed that the VAS — an autonomic response to external stimuli — should be considered as a guide regarding the status of homeostasis. Navach demonstrated VAS responses in primitive phylum (Platyhelminthes and family Trematoda) to acetylcholine and adrenalin that were identical both by direct contact with the worms and also by indirect stimulation via the drug’s electromagnetic resonance.[3] Results indicated that responses in the Platyhelminthes were increased, diminished or even eliminated depending on metal wrappings around the stimuli samples: 1) increased by 50% when stimuli were wrapped in copper screen without grounding; 2) increased by 20% when stimuli were wrapped in solid aluminum; 3) diminished by 30% when stimuli were wrapped in 1 mm lead; And 4) totally eliminated when stimuli were wrapped in 4 mm lead wrap. 

In 1982 Navach completed research with lasers and flatworms to describe how different wave bands and on-off frequencies of a laser stimulated behavioral responses identical to direct or indirect adenergic or cholinergic stimulation.[4] Results which were successfully achieved in additional research with mice and rats using different stimuli, for example electric fields, magnetic fields, propagative electromagnetic fields, and white light passed through Kodak-Wratten filters 44A (adrenergic) and 25 (cholinergic).[5] 

The biophysics involved are shown in related research that has proven organic and inorganic compounds to have inherent electromagnetic resonance, an electromagnetic signature or signal unique to the compound[6,7,8], which are emitted as frequencies respective to the characteristics of the compound plus heat of specific infrared frequencies.[6,7] These frequencies, as documented by Popp, may even be detected as visible light from tissue (cells), and the levels of light illumination differ depending on the health of the tissue.[10,11] Such biophysics are at work from in navigation by migratory birds,[12] near infrared communications across distances of up to a mile in moths,[13] and the resonance between things, such as a study demonstrating the lethal influence of a contaminated tissue culture on another even though each was hermetically sealed and separated from the other.[14]

Navach has claimed to have identified and isolated special compounds, which he called “neurohormones,” that reside, among other anatomic sites, in acupuncture points. He suggested that these neurohormones have the capacity to oscillate when induced by stimulation either by physical contact (i.e. massage, acupuncture, laser) or at distance (i.e. frequency hammer, ampule). These neurohormones, he demonstrated, can be induced to resonate by an external electromagnetic source.[15] Navach believed that the VAS, descriptively, could be explained as information received from an external energy source with either an equivalent or harmonic frequency to a neurohormone. As such, Navach hypothesized that neurohormones are the electro-chemical foundation for transference of electromagentic information and believed that resonating acupuncture points along a meridian rapidly relay information to the brain, with each relay amplifying the power of transmission by a factor of 4. So, Navach theorized, the VAS reflex was completed once the information is received by the sympathetic nervous system.


Utilizing histochemical and magnetochemical investigative techniques, Navach went beyond demonstrations showing that clusters of neurohormones are present at acupuncture points. He also found neurohormone clusters within the surface of epithelial basement membrane, on the surface of melanocytes of the dermis, in the pia mater of the ventral surface of the medulla oblongata, in the pigmented tissue of the choroid of the eye, and on the sheaths of all naturally electroconductive tissues. However, not in nivae, melanomas, or lentigenes. Additionally he identified all neurohormones to have an aromatic biochemical component and that the active component of approximately 50% of neurohormone compounds contained a five member benzine ring in linear array (resembling the compound).

Having also done researched into evolutionary divisions to find that neurohormone receptor sites may change in number indicating they serve as a primitive neurological system, Navach contended that their general function is to initiate and guide healing.[22] In research up to December 1987,  for example, amphibians such as salamanders were shown to have only three of the twenty-four neurohormones identified in mammals. Navach found that resonating neurohormones in collagen facilitate healing (demonstrated by the role they play in the proliferation of mature collagen[20]), that they proliferate at the site of injury repair[24,25,26], and are as indispensable as the five growth hormone factors.[23] He went on to demonstrate that neurohormone compounds (at the cellular level) speed the overall healing process by accelerating the impact of DNA on messenger RNA.[25]

Navach believed that the VAS can be used as a measure of health.[28] For example, he found that even an ill person will have a resting VAS relative to the dynamic state of homeostasis. He set out to quantitatively document such micro information of the arterial pulse wave by recording over the radial artery using infrared reflection and three types of ultrasound: continuous wave form, Dopplar and set angle reflection.[1,2,29]

To validate the findings of Navach and complete much of his research, the author is serving as Director of the International Joseph H. Navach Project, Human Energy Systems Laboratory, University of Arizona-Tucson.

Read the full article at the website for the International Association for Auricular Medicine as originally published in Frontier Perspectives, Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University, Vo. X, No. 2, Fall, 2001.


Citation: Ackerman, JM. The Biophysics of the Vascular Autonomic Signal and Healing. International Association of Auricular Medicine (IAAM) website. Accessed April 7, 2021.


[1] Ackerman, J. M. (1989). The Biophysics of the VAS published in The Proceedings of Energy Fields in Medicine: A Study of Device Technology Based on Acupuncture Meridians and Chi Energy, published by the John E. Fetzer Foundation, pages 123-136.

[2] Ackerman J. M. (Part I: February, 1998, Issue No. 2, pp. 5-22; Part II: January, 1999, Issue No. 1, pp. 3-11), The biophysics of the VAS: its relationship to healing. COHERENCE - International Journal of Integrated Medicine.

[3] Navach, J. H. Biological Models of Electromagnetic Transmission of Information. International Congress of Acupuncture and Applied Techniques, Sorrento, Italy, September 10, 1982. Not published due to premature death of author.

[4] Navach, J. H. Biological Model of 902 Nanometer 'Soft-Laser' Tissue Penetration, Tissue Reaction Relative to Exposure Time, Scatter in Tissue, and the Shielding Effect of Various Materials. International Congress of Acupuncture and Applied Techniques, Sorrento, Italy, September 12, 1982.

[5] Navach, J. H. Animal Models Demonstrating Electromagnetic Effects Upon Vertebrate Animals Utilizing Rodents. International Congress of Acupuncture and Applied Techniques, Sorrento, Italy, September 10, 1982.

[6] Masnovi, J., Koholic, D.J., and Birki, R. (1987). Reductive clevage sulfonate deprotection of carbohydrates to sylates by photo-induced electron transfer. Journal of American Chemical Society,109(9).

[7] Noller, Carl R. (1957). Chemistry of Organic Compounds, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders and Co., Chapter 30, pp. 657-679.

[8] Popp, Becker, Konig, Peshka. Electromagnetic Bio-Information. Proceedings of the Symposium, Marburg September 5, 1977, Urban and Schwarzenberg, 1979.

[9] Popp, Fritz-Albert. (1985). Living cells emit light. Cell Biophysics, 6(1), 33-51.

[10] Editors: Ho, M-W., Popp, F-A., and Warnke, U. (1994). Bioelectric Dynamics and Biocommunication. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Company.

[11] Popp, Fritz-Albert. Presentation regarding research in ultra-weak illuminance from living systems and research involved in measuring the storage and emissions of photons in biological systems. World Research Foundation Congress of Bio-Energetic Medicine, Los Angeles, California, November 9, 1986.

[12] Davis, L. (1986). Homing in on animal magnetism. Science News,130(8),117.

[13] Callahan, P.S. (1975). Tuning into Nature: Solar Energy, Infrared radiation and the Insect Communication System. Old Greenwich, CT: The Devin-Adair Company.

[14] Kaznacheyev, V. P., et al. (1974). Apparent Information Transfer Between Two Groups of Cells. Psychoenergetic Syestems,1(1), 37.

[15] Navach, J. H. Histochemical and Magnetic Chemistry Investigation of Basement Membrane Collagen. Not published due to premature death of author.

[16] Popp, Fritz-Albert, Van Wijk, Roeland, and Ackerman, John M. Personal communication, May 25, 2001.

[17] Allen, M.J. and Usherwood, P.N.R. (1984). Charge and Field Effects in Biosystems. United Kingdom: Abacus Press.

[18] Brighton, C.T., Block, J., and Pollack, S.R. (1979).Electrical Properities of Bone and Cartilage, Experimental Effects and Clinical Applications. New York, NY: Grune and Stratton.

[19] Navach, J. H. Enhancement of Cerebellar Implanted Electrodes in the Treatment of Athetoid and Spastic Cerebral Palsy in Amino Acid and Vitamin Supplementation. Not published due to premature death of author.

[20] Navach , J. H. Invitro Effects of Various Types and Strengths of Electromagnetic Fields on Collagen. Not published due to premature death of author.

[21] Navach, J.H. Invitro Effects of Various Types and Strengths of Electromagnetic Fields on Different Tissue Cultures. Not published due to premature death of author.

[22] Navach, J.H. Efficacy Comparison of Electromagnetic and Infrared Stimulation Alone n the Treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Versus Treatment With Amino Acid and Vitamin Supplementation Alone and in the Integration of Both Techniques. Not published due to premature death of author.

[23] Navach, J.H. Alterations of Collagen Fibrils in Immunologically Altered Vertebrates Correlated With HLA Phenotype. Not published due to premature death of author.

[24] Navach, J. H. Accelerated Healing of Surgical Fractures in Cattle by Electromagnetic Stimulation. Not published due to premature death of author.

[25] Navach, J. H. Accumulation of Electromagnetically Sensitive Organic Compounds at Sites of Surgical Injury. Not published due to premature death of author.

[26] Navach, J. H. Accumulation of Similar Electromagnetically Sensitive Organic Compounds in Neural and Non-Neural Tissues. Not published due to premature death of author.

[27] Weisburd, Stefi. (1984). DNA Helix Found To Oscillate In Resonance With Microwaves. Science News,125(16), 248.

[28] Navach, J. H. Clinical Correlation of the Vascular Autonomic System Pulse. First International Congress on Acupuncture and Auricular Medicine , Mallorca,Spain, September 20, 1980.

[29] Kenyon, Julian N. (1983). "Auricular Medicine: The Auricular Cardiac Reflex." and Appendix I. MODERN TECHNIQUES OF ACUPUNCTURE, VOL.II. Thorsons, New York, New York, pp. 82-96 and 191-195.

[30] Patel, Narayan G., Ph.D., coordinator of special ayurveda projects: in search of medicinal plants, radial pulse evaluation, scholarly exchanges with ayurvedic teachers and physicians, collaborator with educational organizations and universities: private communication with Dr. Patel.

[31] Pauca, A. and Jiang, X. (2001). Pulse wave analysis. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 51, 507-522.



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