A network of invisible channels of energy (Qi or Chi, pronounced 'Chee') runs just beneath the skin's surface. The Qi moves in a balanced and smooth way in health, but if this becomes unbalanced then pain and illness may result. The Qi can be affected in several ways - there may be too much, too little, it may not flow smoothly, in the wrong direction or it could be a combination any of these. The flow of Qi may be affected by a number of factors, such as emotional states, i.e. stress, grief, anger, or other factors such as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, trauma, weather conditions or infection.
Very fine disposable acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points along the channels to alter the balance of the Qi, thus effecting an energetic change to the body and working to restore health and well being.
The aim of acupuncture when treating a person as a whole is to recover the equilibrium between the emotional, physical and mental aspects of the person.