Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of the life force known as "qi," pronounced "chi." Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.
Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through over 350 acupuncture points in the body.
Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations brings the energy flow back into proper balance.
Acupuncture performs certain functions in traditional Chinese medicine. It regulates the flow of Qi through the channels and Organs, removes blockages, strengthens the body's Protective Qi and lessens the virulence of Excesses.