Modern research is finally catching up with ancient Chinese techniques as CT scans reveal acupuncture points.
A recent study by Chinese researchers at the University of Fudan has revealed distinct anatomical structures around acupuncture points. This follows on from the findings of previous studies (using techniques such as MRI and infrared imaging) and show that in repeated experiments, acupuncture points and acupuncture channels are scientifically measurable phenomena.
The measurements published in The Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena used state of the art CT (computerised tomography) scans to reveal a clear distinction between the structures of acupuncture points and non-acupuncture points. Using a hind limb of a rabbit (which has acu-points similar to a human being) they were able to see an increase in the density of micro-vessels around points St36 and St37 when compared to that of non acupuncture areas.
They concluded that “our results demonstrated again the existence of acupoints, and also show that acupoints are special points in mammals.”
Another recent study which took a look at partial oxygen pressure variations at different locations on the inside of the wrist showed distict correlations with the locations of classic acupoints (see accompanying image).