Acupuncture is based on the assumption that Qi ("chee") flows through channels in the body - just as water courses through a stream. These distinct meridians or pathways in the body are called Acupuncture channels or Acupuncture meridians. Acupuncture points are located in specific places along these channels. These points are used to adjust the flow of Qi in the channels, much like dams are opened or closed to manage water flow. The points used in any given treatment are determined according to your specific symptoms and overall constitution. The goal is to balance your body's natural energy flow in these channels.
Acupuncture works by mobilizing Qi, and by stimulating the proper function of muscles, nerves, vessels, glands and organs.