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Is Acupuncture Real?

This 5,000 year old healing system of Chinese medicine was introduced into the mainstream in the U.S. after President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. Starting in California in 1976, most States now certify acupuncturists according to national standards. Every year, tens of thousands of acupuncture treatments are performed on patients who experience significant changes in their health. In spite of this, our culture has been slow to embrace acupuncture and its application has been difficult to reconcile with modern science.

Now, CT scans have confirmed the existence of acupuncture points. In a study published by the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and other Related Phenomenon, in-line phase contrast CT imaging was used with synchrotron radiation on acupuncture points and non-acupuncture points. The CT scan revealed clear distinctions between acupuncture and non-acupuncture point anatomical structures. The acupuncture points were found to have a higher density of micro-vessels and to contain a large amount of micro vascular structures. The non-acupuncture points did not exhibit the same properties.

Within the last 50 years, acupuncture is beginning to find its rightful place. The once skeptical Western medical and scientific communities have now become aware of the intensive research that has increased exponentially over the last decades. The United States and China are taking lead roles in understanding the compelling evidence of the actions of acupuncture at organ system, cellular and sub-cellular levels.

When illness or pain cause imbalance, specific acupuncture points on the body may be accessed, both to restore proper function and energetically unblock these meridians. Had acupuncturists not witnessed a clinical benefit to this practice, they would have stopped performing such techniques several thousand years ago, and would not be using them today.

Acupuncture not only treats existing illness or injury, but also prevents recurrence or new illness. It does this through improving the overall functionality of the body’s immune and organ systems: the lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, nervous, musculoskeletal and endocrine.

Significant studies have provided evidence of acupuncture’s effects upon arthritis asthma, anxiety, acne, and pain reduction. It helps with infertility, improving the odds of pregnancy. Acupuncture is effective with addictions such as
I smoking, drinking, drug use or overeating. Fatigue and digestive problems can be treated when conventional medicine fails. There are two explanations which might elucidate how acupuncture works, one is scientific, the other environmental.

Acupuncture is often used alongside conventional medicine to treat musculoskeletal problems, pain and stress. It has well been documented in stateside hospitals and combat zones by doctors working with the armed forces. Richard Hobbs states “Understanding acupuncture in the same manner that we understand the mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics of a particular drug will, similarly, enable us to match treatments better with conditions.”

According to Peter Dorscher {Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, Fl.), several meridians track our major arteries and nerves. He has specified that heart attack pain radiates up, across and down left arm – the very location of the heart meridian; and that gall bladder pain radiates to the right upper shoulder, the location of the gallbladder meridian.

Acupuncture has several mechanisms of action: it stimulates blood flow and tissue repair at the acupuncture sites; sends nerve signals to the brain that regulate the perception of pain; and reboots the autonomic nervous system, governing unconscious functions like heart beat, respiration and digestion, according to Alejandro Elorriaga of McMaster University in Ontario.

Meridians are comprised of a polarized medium, most likely stable water clusters with permanent electric dipole moments. They have electrically distinct properties. This follows along with the folklore that water is the source of life. We can see parts of the meridians in some people, some of the time, by using infrared imaging techniques.

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