Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. Throughout history, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health methods combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, Europe, and is gaining popularity in the USA. Acupuncture is a healing method that focuses on healing the body as a whole; body, mind and spirit.
The tradition of acupuncture theory believes that energy flows within the human body and this energy can be channelized to create balance and health. This energy flow is called qi (like in Tai qi), and it moves throughout the body along 14 main channels known as meridians. These meridians do not follow pathways of nerves or blood vessels, and do not correspond with any particular anatomical structure. Stimulation of points along the meridians restores balance and aims to maximize health, prevent illness and treat disease. Although acupuncture is mostly associated with insertion of needles as the means of taping into those acupuncture points, acupressure, special lasers, electrical stimulation or tuning forks can also be used. In addition techniques such as cupping and Moxibustion are occasionally chosen to stimulate a single point or larger areas.