The Science Behind the Needle
In the last few years, new scientific research and technology are providing documentation for the existence of the acupoints and channels along which the subtle energies flow throughout the body. Acupuncture points have been confirmed through CT scans and meridians have been revealed using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and other methods.
In 2018 scientists discovered a new organ, a spongy, fluid-filled layer of connective tissue called the fascia, which surrounds the organs and runs under the skin in the layer penetrated by acupuncture needles. They speculate that this “fluid-filled highway” could be the mechanism for acupuncture’s efficacy.
The U.S. Military is using auricular acupuncture — tiny needles placed in the external ear — to successfully treat pain on the battlefield. As a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, Marty is trained in a similar protocol which not only relieves physical pain, but also dampens the lingering effects of emotional trauma.