Western Science Substantiates Acupuncture

In a recent study, CT scans confirmed the existence of acupuncture points, according to an article by HealthCMi. Though this discovery is kind of like the grandchild who comes home from college and validates what his grandfather has been telling him for years, it is a boon for Eastern Medicine practitioners in the United States.

Healers have relied on Eastern Medicine, including acupuncture, for more than 3,000 to treat many conditions from pain to infertility. Hardly more than 100 years old, CT scans involve a series of X-rays taken to create images of body structures.

What Scientists Found

In this study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, state-of-the-art, three-dimensional CT scan images exhibited clear distinctions between the anatomical structure of acupuncture points and non-acupuncture points. Researchers reviewed these CT scans of the human body and found acupuncture points have a higher density of micro-vessels and are composed of a larger amount of involuted microvascular structures.

The subjects of the study were acupuncture points ST36 (Zusanli) and ST37 (Shangiuxu). Both were shown to have different structures than surrounding areas; the acupuncture points contained fine, high-density structures and more thick blood vessels than other areas.

What’s more, researchers acknowledge that other western medical technologies have shown acupuncture points and meridians to have unique structures including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasound, infrared imaging, LCD thermal photography and other CT scan imaging methods.

What does this mean for the field of acupuncture?

The confirmation of the structural difference of tissues that correspond to acupuncture points is not the same as western science proving the efficacy of acupuncture. For now, people considering acupuncture will just have to rely on the success of millions of people who undergo acupuncture every single year.

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Seana Peele