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Has Science Finally Confirmed the Existence of Acupuncture Points, Validating Chinese Medicine?

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The number of acupuncturists, Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) doctors, and complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) patients is growing in the United States, yet mainstream science, medicine and health insurance companies often disregard acupuncture as a legitimate medical treatment.

However, it appears that science may finally be able to visually verify the existence of acupuncture points, meridians (vessels within the body that conduct Chi, or life force energy, much like the wires in an electrical circuit), and Chi cavities within the human body.

Using a new combination of imaging techniques and CT scans (computerized tomography), researchers have observed concentrated points of microvascular structures  that clearly correspond to the map of acupuncture points created by Chinese energy doctors nearly 2000 years ago.

“In this study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, researchers used in-line phase contrast CT imaging with synchrotron radiation on both non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points. The CT scans revealed clear distinctions between the non-acupuncture point and acupuncture point anatomical structures.

A CT (computerized tomography) scan is a series of X-rays used to create cross-sectional images. In this study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, researchers used in-line phase contrast CT imaging with synchrotron radiation on both non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points. The CT scans revealed clear distinctions between the non-acupuncture point and acupuncture point anatomical structures.” [Source]

The CT scans have discovered that known acupuncture points within the body have a higher density of “micro-vessels and contain a large amount of involuted microvascular structures.”

According to Chinese medicine, life force energy is carried throughout the body in a complex system of vessels called Meridians, and follows the free flow of blood within the body. If the movement of blood is restricted within the body, then so is the movement of life force energy, thereby causing disharmony in the otherwise proper symbiotic functioning of the organs.

The physical and esoteric arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong deliberately work to improve the vascular flow of blood in order to move Chi more freely throughout the body. The effect of which is improved health and immunity, higher energy levels, and improved mental and emotional functioning. This would appear to now be validated scientifically by this research, which concludes that acupuncture points have higher concentrations of micro-vessels near the surface of the skin. The points do indeed appear to be connected to locations within the body where more blood can be concentrated.

“Acupuncture points have a higher density of micro-vessels and contain a large amount of involuted microvascular structures. The non-acupuncture points did not exhibit these properties.”

This study also identifies some of the major Meridians in the body, which are credited to have been discovered over 2000 years ago during the reign of the mystical Yellow Emporer (Huang Di), who is broadly accepted as the founder of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

“They also commented that other research has found unique structures of acupuncture points and acupuncture meridians using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), infrared imaging, LCD thermal photography, ultrasound and other CT imaging methods. The researchers commented that many studies using these technological approaches have already shown that acupuncture points exist.”

Related studies using amperometric oxygen microsensors has revealed partial oxygen pressure variations which, again, correspond with the energetic maps of the human body developed by the Chinese, who, without our modern technology somehow derived this system of health and wellness which has benefitted millions over the years. Below are images related to these scans:

This research should provide a boon for complementary alternative medicine, which undoubtedly provides relief and healing to many people, yet is constantly being derided and downplayed by so called ‘skeptics’ and rigid scientists as ‘pseudo-science.’ Many detractors of acupuncture claim that the treatments represent nothing more than elaborate placebos, yet, for those who’ve directly benefitted from TCM or who’ve committed themselves to the practices of the Chinese energetic arts there really is no dependency on Western science for validation of the effectiveness of TCM.

About the Author

Buck Rogers is the earth bound incarnation of that familiar part of our timeless cosmic selves, the rebel within. He is a surfer of ideals and meditates often on the promise of happiness in a world battered by the angry seas of human thoughtlessness. He is a staff writer for


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  • Josephine Dorion

    Science, as we know it, has no Spirit, but is catching up.
    Accupuncture meridians update. These meridians are the body’s distribution system of prana, life-force, essence. It has been upgraded. As you know, we are moving from physical back to non-physical. Called ascension.NO, we are not ascending. WE ARE the SOURCE. We are ascending our physical, mental emotional bodies. We just can’t be dense physical, then …pooffffff….become light beings. We will combust. So, SOURCE decided to build a temporary structure of light from inside our DNAs up to the edges of our highest level non-physical self, about 100 inches away from the skin.This is a complex wirings of light and crystals. The acupuncture meridians have 4th dimensional light wire. When EFT practitioners tap into this system, they are tapping NOT only into the 4th dimension, but also into the 5th dimension, (5thD wiring of circulatory system), ; they are also tapping into the 6th Dimension (6th D wiring of the outer layer of the human energy system, which is the etheric mental-emotional bodies.). Awesome..! When you tap into this complex interconnected body light wires, densities in our physical, mental emotional bodies…just dissolve, A mismatch of vibrations. It is awesome now…wait till it is activated. We are patiently waiting for this activation in planetary scale any time now. Why do you think CERN is going NUTs..? the story is, they don’t want this to happen. Who do you think will prevail..? SOURCE or the bad guys..?

  • Sometimes science has to explain what some believe to be “hocus pocus”. It is nice to see articles like this. I have used acupuncture and also recommend it highly to my patients. Good article!

  • Ryu


    Just because something has been around for “thousands” of years doesn’t make it right or valid. I, for one, am quite happy to have science give actual reasons on how or why something works or doesn’t work. I am one of those who want and appreciate explanations and refuse to accept something blindly just because someone thousands of years ago said so.

    Science has NOT been proven wrong everyday, in fact if it wasn’t for science, which you hate so much, we’d still be wallowing in ignorance much like a pig wallows in its own filth.
    We would not have the medicines, medical procedures or the understanding of physics.

    Anyways, interesting article. It gives nice insight to this issue of acupuncture.

  • Anonymous

    Answer to this articles headlines is … “NO”. But please, don’t let that stop you writing fiction.

  • Terry Tyler

    My mother once asked me: “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” That sat me up straight. Somewhere along the way, I finally figured out the name of the game for me is to do my best with whatever talents I possess and let the skeptics play their game.

    She also told me: “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” I don’t know where she learned that; but it taught me reality stands on its own two feet regardless of the naysayers.

    In my simplistic world of practical reality, validation is readily recognizable. Those who delight in promoting assumptions based on their own biases – can go pound sand.

  • Everything is already valid according to each of us and what we experience. Did the Native Indians here need science to validate what they already knew? Each person has their own courage to live their experiences without the need to be validated by any of the Invented Systems that control the planet.

    Your DreamVisions The RealSide LifeIS, can be your ticket to RealFreedom when properly understood. We are all more than just a physical body, we are Beings of Light moreso than just the five vehicles we work with in the PsycRealms. What we are experiencing here is an Educational Process to Become MoreAware of The RealU, Your RealAwareniss. Find me on the Internet, DUANE THE GREAT WRITER and I will send you a Free NUBook in PDF Format. I am here to share My RealSide Experiences… Have Fun!

  • Antonietta Francini MD MA

    Why do you want to be extremist and want it all in black or white? As an allopathic doctor I used also acupuncture, hypnosis, and herbs, since the early 70s when it was indicated; other treatments when they were indicated. My patients were happy and got better. I was successful. But, I never claimed that “only” this is ‘good’ or only this is ‘bad’. Stop this nonsense, get calm and reasonable! Let every one do what they like to do and be useful in their own ways!
    Do not expand the wave of neurosis!

  • Why do we need science to validate anything? Acupuncture has been around for 4000 years, so someone back then knew more than modern science is just discovering now!

    Science is the new kid on the block — ignorant, arrogant, and being proved wrong every day. It knows nothing about reality, nothing about us, who we are, where we came from.

    So why is this newsworthy, Buck..?

    • It’s cool first of all. Secondly, we enjoy examining the convergence of science, spirit and ancient wisdom, thirdly, we regularly receive criticism for being ‘pseudo-scientific’ so this kind of article ‘sticks it to the man’, and finally, much of our audience doesn’t yet practice these ancient healing modalities so we like to give as much impetus as possible for doing so.

      If you look at the closing of the article, you’ll see that your viewpoint is addressed.

      Thanks for the comment,


    • Clare Bredell

      I was going to comment but David Exo said it all, and much better than I ever could. Too bad he doesn’t write articles for Waking Times.

      • Write some articles with us, David! 😉


    • Anonymous

      That’s a great view to have David, but I also find it a little limited. In my belief, everything spiritual has the potential to be explained scientifically, it just hasn’t all been found out yet. It doesn’t have to be found out of course, but it can be damn interesting. Science isn’t ‘owned’ by any group of people, as much as some of these people who think they own it may like to think. Scientific workings of the nature of natural things is owned by the universe. It can be fascinating to see how something that ancient people understood in a context other than science, already knew what hadn’t yet been understood scientifically. I am an acupuncturist and most of us find the emerging science of acupuncture fascinating, not necessarily because we feel we need to prove ourselves (although some do), but because it is just fascinating. I already knew about what I have read here and a lot of us were excited when the news came out. How amazing it is that so many ancient and traditional civilisations understood so much of what science sometimes shows later AND that is why I enjoyed this article. I think people often box science negatively. It doesn’t always have to be about proof, but instead a peek into the workings of our universe. Thanks Waking Times 🙂

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