|There are several theories as to how acupuncture work and a lot of research has gone into trying to explain the mechanisms by which it achieves its beneficial effects – or Why it works!
How it works is via the Electromagnetic interface of the needle – that the needle creates a short circuit between interior and exterior environment – which allows current to flow into or out of the interior space. This is self evident and underpins the process of establishment of balance/equilibrium/homeostasis that is the goal of all health practitioners.
Why it works is that the practitioner chooses the correct positions to place the needles, with the correct type of stimulation, in order to have the specific effect, to target the specific organs, cell lines or physiological process required for that patient.
The qualified acupuncturist will assess the patient's condition by asking detailed questions, observing the skin, tongue and eyes and taking the patients pulse. Together these would give an indication of the underlying issues to be addressed.
Within Chinese medicine there are 12 organs and one triple warmer, stomach bladder heart and so on. If the organs need stimulating or sedating, this can be achieved by what is called the mother son clock, where the organ corresponds to hours of the day. For example, the heart organ corresponds to 12 noon; 4 am on the clock corresponds to the lung organ.