This is why you are getting it wrong:you have a strong belief in chi for superstitious reasons...
No, I don't. Where have I said anything like this?
However studies on pain via acupuncture show that needling releases endorphins,
How do small needles stuck into the flesh triger an endorphin response? What I mean is, what specifically is happening to the body that needles stuck at SPECIFIC MERIDIAN LINES create an endorphin response?
"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."