Acupuncture, which originated in China, is a way of adjusting the body's "life energy" (Qi or Chi) flow. It involves the insertion of fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. The points are selected on the basis of pulse and tongue diagnosis, observation, and questioning. The points affect the meridian system. Each meridian has a specific effect on a specific body system or organ of the body.
Needles are inserted on the points and then manipulated, either by twirling or by a gentle pumping action. This removes blockages or stimulates energy flow. Stagnant energy can be dispersed and the whole energy flow regulated.
According to Chinese medicine, there are 12 main meridians, corresponding to six Yin and six Yang organs. Each is paired either side of the body and has many acupuncture points on it.
Acupuncture can be used to restore balance and healthy functioning to the internal organs of the body.