Acupuncture is a major branch of the traditional Chinese healing arts. The Chinese prescribes to the philosophy that the world is divided between two opposing life forces: the yin
. When these two forces are in balance, the body is healthy and natural energy (chi
) is achieved. If chi does not flow freely throughout the body, this can cause illness and pain.
According to the Chinese, acupuncture
helps release chi
in the body. The process involves the insertion of extremely fine needles to specific anatomical points of the body called acupuncture points. Pressure, heat, and electrical stimulation may also be included to further enhance the experience.