Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 282–288 | Cite as

Modern quantum theories and experimental achievements motivate new exploration of acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine

  • Stevenson Xutian
  • John Junion
Critical Review


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a theoretical medical system founded about three thousand years ago, originated from the richness of Chinese culture with the support and development of ancient astronomy and philosophy. It has illuminated many mysteries of nature and the human body. This has not always been easy for the layperson to understand. In modern times, some of these processes have been gradually discovered or confirmed by frontier science. The experiments of quantum physics have shaken the fundamental concepts of conventional science, refuting criticism of Chinese culture and TCM theories. The new discoveries have triggered a new understanding of TCM theories. For example, the theory of quantum mechanics interfering with certain human functions helps explain a series of phenomena that were previously difficult to understand. The veil of many wonderful phenomena of Chinese culture and TCM acupuncture has not yet been fully pierced. For example, the body's energy system, the invisible qi, and the phenomenon of consciousness and subconscious function remain mysterious. However, quantum theory and numerous scientific experiments can lead to the explanations of difficult problems which were not understood in the past. For example, the nature of the changes in yin and yang, and associated principles; the five-element principles; consciousness and sub-consciousness which might affect scientific experiments and treatment outcomes; the objective existence of qi and qi field; and the essence of the meridian system in the human body and the principles of acupuncture. This article explores the scientific principles of TCM and acupuncture. The unique characteristics of TCM and acupuncture position themselves as Eastern cultural treasures. The authors endeavor to strengthen readers’ confidence in theoretical TCM and believe that it is a major step in integrating TCM acupuncture into modern science and medicine.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Western Medicine Qi Qi Field Spirit Consciousness View of Life and View of Body Quantum Theory 



传统中医学是创建于约三千年前的理论医学, 起源于中国早期文化的繁荣, 借助于古天文学及哲学的支持与发展。它深刻地预见和揭示了自然界和人体的许多奥秘, 但一直不易为常人所理解, 数千年后才逐步被现代科学发现或印证。当代最前沿的量子物理实验正彻底动摇着传统科学的某些基础观念, 从而打破那些对中国文化及中医针灸理论的无知指责与批判, 引发了对中医理论的重新认识。比如, 量子力学理论与某些人体功能相互契合, 解释了一系列过去曾难以理解的现象。但中国文化和中医的很多奇妙现象的面纱还尚未彻底揭开。例如, 人体能量体系与气的作用及其不可见性, 意识与下意识的功能现象。量子理论及大量科学实验范例, 启发我们解释了一系列过去不容易理解的难题。例如, 阴阳变化的本质、五行的原理、人的意识与下意识确实可能影响科学实验及治病结果、气与气场的客观存在以及人体经络系统的本质及针灸技术原理。本文试图探索中医与针灸的科学原理, 支持及维护其人类文化瑰宝的地位, 加强我们自身的理论自信和文化自信, 为今后正确地弘扬中医事业开路。


中医学 西医学 气 气场 精神 意识 生命观与身体观 量子论 





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The authors are grateful to Dr. Steven K.H Aung, Dr. She Zhen-su, Dr. Johanne Boisvert, Mr. Ted Moorman, Mrs. Maureen Schaber, Mr. Philippe Thouin, and for their kind review and constructive comments on the manuscripts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine ResearchEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.AdvanceMed CorporationOhioUSA

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