Does Acupuncture Work?

I have been asked this question countless times. What I would often like to do is give a sarcastic response. 'Well I don't know but I figure since I spent all that time and money getting my degree and license, I just keep at it.' Instead I say something like, "In my clinical experience, yes, it works." People usually try acupuncture after they have tried everything else. And they almost always leave pleasantly surprised.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Teachers have passed on their skill, their lineage, and their clinical wisdom to their students. If it didn't work, I imagine somewhere in all those years, clinicians would have realized it didn't work and they would have tried something else. People everywhere exclaim yes, acupuncture works, despite biomedicine's scientific double-blind tests' inability to grant acupuncture the clinical respect it deserves. 
How does it work? Western medical language doesn't deal with Qi and meridians. In order to get a picture of how acupuncture works, one has to be open to learning a whole new view of the body. Our Western view of the body is as a machine with disparate parts. There are systems that work independently and there are layers of muscle, tissue, bone, fluids, and blood. Acupuncture's view of the body takes all of that into account but also sees the subtle levels. It sees the body less as a machine and more like a network of rivers, channels, estuaries of flowing and stagnating energy. Each part is connected to another and to the whole. The individual is also connected and influenced by nature and the world - microcosm and macrocosm. Bringing a person to health means balancing all of these influences as they exist uniquely in each body.