Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested treatment that is used extensively in modern health care today. Evidence-based research and clinical studies vouch for its efficacy in treating a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture is based on the philosophy underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which states that when our bodies' vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chi”), flows through our body meridians in a smooth and balanced way, we enjoy optimal health and wellness. However, any interruption, blockage or imbalance of our vital energy can lead to a variety of symptoms, illnesses, and poor health. To restore the flow of vital energy (Qi), fine, disposable needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. This procedure initiates a series of positive changes in both brain and body as the body's energy flow is balanced and released from blockage. On a physiological level, acupuncture stimulates the body's nervous system to release 'feel good' substances such as endorphins, which alleviate pain, and serotonin, a mood-lifting neurotransmitter, as well stimulating the production of other beneficial brain chemicals. Activating all these positive changes through acupuncture invigorates the body's own natural healing processes, promoting overall good health and emotional well-being. Most people describe an acupuncture session as a very pleasant and relaxing experience.