No, Really, How Does Acupuncture Work?

In the last article I described human beings as multi-layered organisms, with those layers arranged along a continuum from dense/material to subtle/non-material. A spectrum from physical body to eternal spirit.

At the point on the spectrum where we first move from material to non-material, we have the physical energies. Despite not being material, these energies are crucial to the function of the material form. This is the area where acupuncture has its jurisdiction.

This is a very interesting place from which to interface with the body. Because we are now dealing with energy rather than matter, making changes is easier. Why is that?

Subtle energies are easier to influence than matter because density creates structure, stability and resistance to change.

To illustrate, imagine the difference between a piece of seasoned mahogany and a piece of balsa wood. Due to the balsa's lesser density, it has less structural strength and can be easily broken by hand. The mahogany, on the other hand, being dense, is strong, and cannot be changed without effort and tools.

So, this finally brings us to the core of the issue - how acupuncture works.

An acupuncturist leverages their own consciousness, using technique and intention, to influence the consciousness aspect within the patient's physical energies, and in turn these physical energies leverage the material aspect within them to influence the matter of the patient's body.

With correct technique, small, subtle interventions applied to physical energies can create large changes in those energies. Then, these physical energies go on to exert their usual strong influence on the material form (with the enhancements from treatment), generating improvements in our physical health.

This is how we can take small interventions (such as with a tiny acupuncture needle) and turn them into seemingly disproportionately large changes in material form.