The Science of Acupuncture

Complementary and Alternative Medicine, used for thousands of years by people all over the world, are now being taken far more seriously by the scientific and medical professions. This is especially true of classical acupuncture, which since the 1950’s has been the subject of many studies and research programmes in different parts of the world.

In 2007 and 2011, in conjunction with the Open-University, the BBC aired a documentary specifically about classical acupuncture, where scientific tests were carried out to establish its efficacy, especially in the control of pain. Presented by Professor Kathy Sykes, this fascinating documentary confirms that over 2,500 years of use of this time-honoured medicine in China has been perfectly justified.

See how a patient in Shanghai has open-heart surgery (not administered by general anaesthetic, but by acupuncture needles) and remains conscious throughout the whole procedure. Amazed by this, Kathy recruits a team of top scientists in the UK to evaluate the possible reasons behind this success. The conclusions challenge current understanding of the working of the brain and throws new light on the ancient, but effective practice of classical acupuncture…