Acupuncture is a part of an ancient healing system that developed over a period of 5000 years. This system is referred to as Chinese Medicine or Oriental Medicine. In this holistic system the individual’s emotions, diet, habits and environment are taken into consideration along with the signs and symptoms the individual is experiencing. It is now used by millions of people in almost every country around the world. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points of the body in order to stimulate healing. With acupressure the surface of the skin is stimulated over the specific points without penetrating the skin. This method of healing is based on a network of pathways called “meridians” through which the life force energy “Qi” (chi) circulates within the body. Internal and environmental factors can cause blockages or weakness in the body’s natural flow of Qi, resulting in discomfort or disease. Using specific points on the meridians, the acupuncturist stimulates changes in the energy flow, the circulation of the body and the functioning of the organs. As a result, the body is able to rally its innate healing capabilities, bringing about optimum health.