Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile thin needles into particular points on the body.
The purpose of this treatment is to prevent or reduce pain and to help your body function at it’s best.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.
By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your 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.