Acupuncture (Zhen Jiu) stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems. According to traditional Chinese Medicine each human organ is associated with specific points in the skin. Invisible lines called meridians or channels link the points. The body’s natural energy or Qi (chi) flows through these channels. When disease or dysfunction occurs, acupuncturists know which points to manipulate to restore the natural flow of energy and to restore balance to the body’s systems.The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.