Acupuncture is a fascinating art with mystical origins dating back centuries. This ancient Chinese practice focuses on directing the qi (pronounced CHEE) flow of various meridians (qi pathways) in order to provide relief of internal illness’. You may already be saying to yourself “Well gee! This doesn’t sound like science at all! Of course it’s fiction! There’s no such thing as qi!” But don’t worry, all will be addressed in due time.
There are 14 meridians (pathways) which qi is said to flow through. Those meridians function based on the time of day and are the paths which the greatest amount of qi flows through. Qi diverges from these 14 meridians along other minor meridians, which conveniently follow certain arteries and veins.
Until recent studies in the late 20th century, the art of acupuncture was thought to be a sort of voodoo magic that worked at convenient times and was mostly guesswork. However, according to this article I read in the World Science Journal the art of acupuncture has some “parallels between the ancient concepts and modern anatomy.” Acupuncture is becoming a widely recognized as a legitimate medicinal art that can be used to treat various stress related problems as well as chronic pain-related injuries such as arthritis. Acupuncture has been so well researched in the past twenty years, that the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force use it to treat soldiers and reduce stress and pain from minor injuries that they may suffer during combat.
Also, acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular among our consumerist society. The survey taken by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that in 2007, “3.2 million Americans had undergone acupuncture in the past year—up from 2.1 million in 2001, according to the government’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.” So, on average, about 183,000 more people per year between 2001 and 2007 chose to seek some sort of acupuncture treatment in the United States alone. On a grander scale, this is not very many people, but significant nonetheless.
What may be even more appealing is that accupuncture sessions are relatively inexpensive. At only $50 a pop, you can get an FDA certified acupuncturist to work a little magic on your meridians. Another thing to note is that acupuncture releases endorphines, which (in excess) can make you feel fly like a G6.
Now that I’ve bored you to death with statistics and a pro-acupuncture agenda, I would like for y’all to discuss if acupuncture is a legitamate science or if it should still be considered science fiction?
And just to remind you, the root of science comes from the latin scientia which means “knowledge”. Is the art of acupuncture knowledge?
For more info, see:
Wikipedia (not recommended)