by Hong Lu
Acupuncture has been used as a treatment method for many ailments for more than a thousand years, yet it still remains a mystery as to the exact nature of how and why it works. New research is shedding light on several perspectives of its underlying mechanisms. One important theory will be discussed here.
One of the most fascinating theories to emerge explaining the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture is the phenomenon of fascia. Fascia is a layer of connective tissue located below the skin and all throughout the body. Fascia wraps around every body tissue such as bone, tendon, ligament, muscle and every organ group in the entire body. It acts much like a vacuum bag that separates all the tissue groups into functional compartments. Fascia is very strong and hence protects each body compartment from each other. It also nourishes each compartment since fascia contains blood vessels, fluids, nerves, oxygen, and so on, which makes it an excellent pathway for transportation and communication.