Acupuncture originated from China and has been practiced for five thousands of years. It is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There is an energy force flowing throughout the body. This force, known as Qi (pronounced "Chee"). Qi flows through various channels throughout the body, called "meridians", are like series of interconnected highways. If the flow of Qi is blocked or unbalanced at any point on a pathway, is like traffic jams on the highway, or when the flow of Qi is impeded, illness can result.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very thin sterile stainless steel needles to specific points on the body, to eliminate meridian blockages and stimulate the body to promote natural healing. These specific points are located in meridians. The acupuncture stimulates these specific points in order to process the movement of energy or Qi (pronounced chee) thus strengthening the body's natural ability to heal itself. Acupuncture does not cut or block nerve fibers and there are no chemicals on the needles.