Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As an essential part of TCM, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, metallic needles, (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus), on some specific points (acupuncture points or acupoints) of the body's surface.
The extreme thinness of the needles ensures that little or no discomfort will be experienced during the treatment. At medical level, the insertion of these very fine needles on the acupoints influences the physiological functions of the body, cures the diseases and restores the health.
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that there is a universal life energy 'Qi' in every living creature and it works on it. This energy is circulating in regulated patterns throughout the body along specific pathways that are called 'Meridians". These meridians conduct the flow of the vital energy 'Qi'. Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. This encourages the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning.