How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is used to work on the bioelectricity of the body, the meridian system. The meridian system is highways of energy, Chi, flows to the various organs of the body enabling the body to function. Acupuncture can balance the body’s bioelectrical system. If the electrical energy flow, called the life force, Chi, is impaired, symptoms of illness will be experienced by the patient.
Acupuncture possesses the unique ability to correct an impaired flow of electrical energy accounting for symptoms suffered. A patient complaining of an ailment is given an objective physical examination including a battery of laboratory tests and X-ray examinations. If nothing abnormal is seen, the doctor tells the patient, “I can’t find a thing wrong with you physically, so your problem must be mental.” This statement belies the truth. The doctor, not realizing that a category of subjective illnesses does indeed exist, may unintentionally be guilty of a very serious error of omission. The patient feels the pain of a migraine headache, which is a subjective problem not visible by X-ray visualization. If he is told that his suffering is “all in the mind” or that medical science has no cure for his condition and that he has to learn to live with the pain, he feels condemned. He is being cheated from the possibility of being cured. How unfortunate, because these subjective problems can be effectively treated by acupuncture.
For some problems, the use of drugs is unsatisfactory. Drugs may work in some aspects of the illness, but the side effects are common and can be harmful. Since many symptoms are due to an impairment of electrical energy flow. These kinds of illnesses cannot be corrected by either physical or psychological means.
Acupuncture treats subjective ailments, painful and non-Painful.
The non-painful ailments are: various skin ailments, insomnia, dizziness, nervous tension, dry or tired eyes, poor vision, excessive body perspiration, asthma, sinus trouble, numbness and/or weakness of the arm, hand, finger or leg, constipation, poor stomach or gallbladder digestion with belching or gassiness, edema of the ankles, falling hair with baldness, lack of vitality, infertility, menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, urinary frequency and high blood pressure.
The painful ailments are: migraine headache, facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia), pain of the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, finger, hip, leg, foot or toe, lower back or knee pain, menstrual pain, inability to raise an arm, shingles, traumatic injury from accidents or sports (no fractures), muscle cramps, stomach ache of functional cause and gout pain.
Is acupuncture a subjective science? Those who think that acupuncture is unscientific should note that Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1981, defines science as:
1. Possession of knowledge distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding;
2. Possession of knowledge distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding;
3. A department of systematized knowledge as an object of study, e.g., the science of theology; 40 something that may be studied or learned like systemized knowledge. Acupuncture fits all of the above definitions, thus qualifying as a science.
There is one solid scientific proof to show how acupuncture works. A study from Unive