Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a part, is one of the oldest forms of medicine in existence. It is the accumulated wisdom of many generations of practitioner’s who have tried and tested its ideas and practices for thousands years.
Before x- rays, scans and blood tests these practitioners developed a complete system of diagnosis using methodical and detailed observation of the body which continues today. Health, illness and how acupuncture works are explained though the concept of qi, theories of yin and yang and the five elemental phases.
Modern science is yet to fully establish the mechanisms of how acupuncture works, however it is has made some recent discoveries which validate some of what traditional acupuncture holds to be true. For example myofascial pathways run along the meridians used by traditional acupuncturists; connections between mind and body and the impact of stress, and how the body’s cells communicate lend credibility to the concept of qi.
Fact sheets describing research into a wide range of conditions are provided by the British Acupuncture Council are listed here: