Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called Qi (pronounced "chi"), flowing through energy pathways called Meridians in the body. Any block or imbalance of the flow of Qi at any point on a pathway may result in illness.
Acupuncture is commonly used to relieve pain and is also a powerful therapy that can treat and heal many illnesses. Acupuncture usually is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. This is done to influence energy flow along the body's meridians.