According to Western physiology, there are numerous theories as to how and why acupuncture works; however, conclusive proof has not yet been found. During his time, George Soulie de Morant researched True Acupuncture in a medical facility for many years and provided massive amounts of research, which led to his nomination for the Nobel prize. Even with this body of research on True Acupuncture, Western anatomy and physiology studies still remain vague when it comes to understanding how and why acupuncture works. Chinese classical texts on acupuncture provide many theories behind acupuncture’s ability to work, but as these theories rely on “energetics” for their explanation, Western science has had great difficulty in accepting them and no significant evidence has been produced to prove these theories.
What is certain is that there are true physiological effects produced when True Acupuncture is applied correctly. This is consistently verifiable via the radial pulses according to Morant's radial pulse diagnosis. The response in the radial pulses is unmistakable when a true acupoint is needles verses a non-acupuncture point area; however, all explanations as to how and why these effects take place during and after needling remain purely theoretical and belong outside of the clinic. We can discuss many possible theories as to why the effects take place — neural responses, "energetic" pathways, mind-body integration mechanisms, etc. . . however, the clinical reality with True Acupuncture is that it is verifiable via the instant physiological changes that take place and reflect in the radial pulses. With years of clinical evidence behind such observations, the validity of True Acupuncture has consistently been experienced.