We all try to understand new concepts by trying to fit these novel ideas into our existing mental framework. Sometimes, this does not work. For some people acupuncture is one of the treatments that doesn’t easily fit into ideas we already own. During my first year of graduate school, I remember struggling with trying to understand acupuncture from a Western point of view; then I surrendered and learned about TCM from an Eastern view and it all began to make sense to me. In the several years since I entered grad school, as studies figure out more and more about the scientific ways that acupuncture works, understanding from a Western point of view becomes more possible. I recently read an article that tries to explain acupuncture and does a good job. Here’s a small excerpt.
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