The practice of acupuncture has been around for over 2000 years and has proven to be a safe and effective treatment, especially for pain management and chronic illness. Acupuncture treats illness and promotes health by bringing the body’s vital energy or Chi into proper balance. Acupuncture involves the use of very thin needles, which are inserted into certain points along the body’s meridians or channels located just under the skin. Acupuncture stimulates the nerve receptors in the skin and muscle, causing the nervous system to release chemicals. These chemicals in turn influence the body’s internal regulating system to stimulate its own natural healing ability including the promotion of physical and emotional well-being.  Specific effects of acupuncture include, but are not limited to pain relief from headaches, arthritis and sciatica, inactivating muscle trigger points, relieving stress, relaxation, regulating hormones, improving fertility, and much more.