Acupuncture Acupuncture has been developing in china for 5,000 years. Since 1950, Chinese universities in conjunction with the world health organisation have continued to thoroughly research and develop it under modern scientific controls. Nowadays, skilled physicians’ world-wide, use it in the treatment of a vast range of medical and surgical problems. How does acupuncture work? All Chinese medicine is guided by the meridian theory, the study of a system of electrical pathways which flows over the body surface, connecting to the various internal organs. While these meridians cannot be seen, their locations and the positions of the acupuncture points which lie along them can be detected by sensitive touch, measurement of electrical skin resistance, or by specialised systems of photography. Science is only recently grudgingly confirming what the Chinese have asserted for millennia. Acupuncture influences the flow of bio-electricity or “QI” along these pathways. This in turn challenges the organism to regulate systems or functions which have become over-active or under-active, this restoring the normal physiological balance. Natural immune and repair mechanisms are strengthened and harmonised so that the function or resistance to infection and repair are enhanced. All the systems of the body depend utterly on free flow of fluid and electricity. It becomes clear to see how important to medicine a practice is, which can so strongly influence almost every aspect of the entire organism.