Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that bodily functions are regulated by flow of energy called Qi, in channels called Meridians.
Disease is generally perceived as a disharmony in the functions or interactions of the flow of Qi and the organs.
By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that the energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow and stimulate repair mechanism.