Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing used for thousands of years to anticipate, treat, and prevent disease. It is the oldest continuously-practiced medical system in the world, and one third of the world's population still uses it as their primary health-care system. Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are natural laws which govern not only the world around us, but our bodies as well. These laws describe a life force, qi, that moves in all things.
When qi is flowing properly, we are healthy; however, if qi is blocked or out of balance we experience discomfort or disease. Meridians (energetic channels) conduct the qi, and surface at precise locations on the body known as acupuncture points. Each acupuncture point serves as an access route to the deeper channels within. Acupuncture points are stimulated by the insertion of hair-thin needles, thus activating qi and influencing the internal organs and structures associated with those points.