Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, disposable needles, there are 14 main meridians in the body, each meridian travels through a specific organ. For example, there is the stomach meridian, heart meridian, kidney meridian and so on. Qi flow through these meridians and nourish the organs. On these meridians there are energy points (acupuncture points) that have very important and precise functions. Each point may be considered a switch that controls Qi flow. If the Qi flow is blocked or the flow is too weak or too strong, then illness occurs.
Acupuncture regulates the Qi flow, improves the blood circulation, balances the organs function, calms the mind and restores health. It is commonly known to be very effective for pain disorders and is also used for a wide range of internal problems. Beside acupuncture therapist may also use cupping, moxibustion, dermal needle, auricular therapy, etc.
Although acupuncture is virtually painless, as a rule, it is better to produce a little sensation to achieve improvement, but some people feel nothing at all. Many people find that acupuncture is quite relaxing and afterwards they may feel so relaxed to the point of sleepiness. Patients are advised to take it easy for at least a few hours after an acupuncture treatment and to not undertake any strenuous tasks, like a work out at the gym for example.