Acupuncture has been around for over 4,000 years, and works on the principals of the flow of qi (energy), and the balance of yin and yang in the body. Qi moves through acupuncture points which are organized into meridians. Acupuncture helps “move the qi” through the meridian system, helping to eliminate energy blockages or to bring more energy to any particular area in the body. According to western medicine, acupuncture promotes circulation, affects hormones, affects the blood, muscles, bones and nerves, and reduces inflammation. While acupuncture affects all of these things, it does much more. The acupuncture point prescription your acupuncturist uses for you directs your qi to whatever areas need it the most.