Common phenomena central to acupuncture have been overlooked by previous hypotheses on how acupuncture works, with the result that the hypotheses are unable to account for acupuncture's effects. This article describes the main features overlooked and suggests how these might be investigated in future acupuncture research.
The main contentious issue is the rapid speed of acupuncture's effect on the organ functions, which rules out mediation by the nervous or hormonal systems, and even by the primo vascular system (which is thought to underlie the meridians).
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26 December 2017
Further details of the author's acupuncture research project.