Acupuncture has been practiced in China for several thousand years. According to ancient Chinese medical theory, the life force (called Qi and pronounced "chee") flows through the body via 14 invisible channels (called meridians), regulating all physical and mental processes. Opposing forces within the body, called yin and yang, must be balanced to keep Qi flowing properly. The meridians supposedly run deep within the body tissues and organs, surfacing at some 360 places identified as acupuncture points. The points all along such meridians--even in the hands or feet--are believed capable of affecting the associated internal organ. Stimulating these points can balance and restore the flow of Qi.

Hair thin needles are inserted into acupuncture points along the meridians where energy imbalance has been diagnosed. This practice enhances the body natural healing by regulating the energy flow and restoring balance. This promotes better blood flow and encourages healing. Treatments may also include the use of heat---moxibution, if the patient tends to be cold. The patient is left to relax in a softly lit room for about thirty minutes. Patients often fall asleep.