How acupuncture works from a Western medical perspective

FlowersAn explanation of how acupuncture works can be found in the research carried out by the Austrian Dr. Alfred Pischinger, Professor of Histology and Embryology at the University of Vienna and the German histologist Prof. Dr. H. Heine.

Dr. Pischinger identified the connective tissue matrix, which he termed the ground regulating system (GRS) in which cells are imbedded, as being the key to health.  He proved that this continuous system of the extracellular matrix allows instantaneous communication through alteration in molecular configuration.  This matrix supports, nurtures and detoxifies all cells and tissues by supplying them with oxygen, nutritive agents and hormone messengers, and by removing waste products, toxins and other residues.  It aids in inflammatory and immune processes, in acid and alkaline balance and in cell communication.

Dr. Heine was the first person to prove the existence of acupuncture points and described them as “miniature windows” of this extracellular matrix.  Acupuncture points are characterized by a nerve-vessel bundle wrapped in a sheet of loose connective tissue (mesenchyme), perforating the superficial body fascia through openings of 3-8mm.

Acupuncture points demonstrate a lower electrical skin resistance compared to the immediate environment.  They can therefore be seen as precise points where the extracellular matrix reaches the surface and where this matrix can receive information and be influenced over a great distance.  The points represent a communication network which link the inside of the body with the outside of the body, and the signal transmission between the acupuncture point and an organ is believed to take place in the extracellular matrix in a process comparable to the principles of wireless technology in mobile phones.