Acupuncture is the practice of inserting extremely thin stainless steel needles into specific points of the body to relieve pain and cure a variety of physical ailments. Over a period of 2000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors have mapped these points onto an intricate network of Meridians, or pathways, that cover the body somewhat like nerves and blood vessels do. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and locations of the traditional acupuncture points.
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi and Xue through these distinct meridians. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."