Science Backs Acupuncture: Whether it Likes it or Not

To heal eye ailments, practitioners of acupuncture often insert a needle into the little toe. For acupuncturists, this is an obvious method of treatment as the toe and the eyes are on the same meridian. Scientists, however, weren't buying it.

Western doctors were free to doubt acupuncture’s power until a recent tool of their own making proved them wrong. A real-time MRI showed that the brain's visual cortex was stimulated by the acupuncture that was taking place in the toe.

Sorry, guys, this stuff is for real.

This is not the first case of science accidentally substantiating acupuncture, but the toe findings have pushed the modality into another notch of legitimacy. Americans are becoming increasingly interested in exploring acupuncture for themselves.

“Before, more patients were rather skeptical,” said Lixing Lao, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and a licensed acupuncturist who is also fully trained in western medicine. “Now, not only patients want to see me, but also doctors say, ‘Hey, I want to make an appointment.’ There’s been a big change."

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