Acupuncture points and channels do not seem to follow any of the physical body structures we’re familiar with — the nervous system, the circulatory system, or the lymph system. In fact, points are generally located away from these structures. After all, sticking a needle directly into a nerve or a blood vessel would not have happy results.
Studies have documented a number of changes in body chemistry and brain function with acupuncture treatment (see sidebar), but scientists are generally at a loss to explain the mechanisms involved. Continue reading