Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is the insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. It is sometimes easier to understand how it works if it is described with familiar medical terms. What happens is that muscle spasms are released and connective tissue is relaxed. It strengthens the immune system, increases nerve conduction, increases blood flow, reduces inflammation and releases endorphins for pain. The body is brought back into homeostasis – balance, optimizing our body’s natural resources. On an energetic level, it helps move and consolidate qi (pronounced chee) which is the body’s natural life force.