Acupuncture is a form of Oriental Medicine that has been used for over 3,000 years. The Chinese believe that there is an invisible life force referred to as “qi” (pronounced chee) that moves inside every living organism. When the qi becomes blocked or unbalanced there will be disharmony in the body’s processes. Acupuncture works by balancing any stagnation or disharmony in the qi’s natural flow through the body which in turn teaches the body to heal itself naturally. This involves the insertion of solid, stainless steel, hair fine flexible needles into the body to help maintain a free flow of the body’s qi. The sensation of the needles going into the skin should feel like nothing more than a mild mosquito bite. Often times patients do not even notice the insertion of the needles into the body at all. After the needles are inserted the patient may feel a dull distending or tingling sensation that designates the movement of the body’s own natural energy which may have been blocked or imbalanced in a certain area. Acupuncture also helps the body to release endorphins, which are the body’s own natural pain killers, and balance hormone levels. Many patients find treatments very relaxing and often have more energy afterwards. Acupuncture has been recognized as an effective treatment for over forty different disorders by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), some of which include arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, women's health, stress, sleep disturbances, allergies, emotional disorders, and much more.