Faith in the Unknown
For all the rapid-fire innovation of modern medicine, there remains an inability to accurately define the science behind the practice and the effects of acupuncture, which dates back at least a couple thousand years, and possibly even much further than that. But therapy of any kind does not endure—certainly not in this day and age—without a consistent track record. Recent studies indicate that acupuncture may ease chronic pain in the lower back, neck and knees. It also seems to lessen the frequency of tension headaches and come as close to preventing migraines altogether as any western practice. Testimonials for a slew of other benefits exist, but they have yet to be verified against the scrutiny of a scientific analysis. Though, acupuncture epitomizes the existence of an unquantifiable factor that exists in both eastern and western medicine: faith.