Acupuncture is a treatment in which special needles are inserted into points just under the skin to help correct and rebalance the flow of energy, which promotes pain relief and healing. Acupuncture is based on the belief that health is determined by maintaining a balanced flow of qi, also referred to as chi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. Qi circulates along 12 major energy pathways in the body, called meridians. Each is linked to specific organs and systems in the body. Within the meridian system there are over one thousand acupoints, which are specific anatomical locations on the skin that can be stimulated to control the flow of qi. The word Acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, for “Needle”, and punctura, “To puncture”. This ancient Chinese therapy has been continuously refined over its 4,500 year history. Legend has it that Acupuncture found its beginning in the experience of an ancient soldier who, when struck by an arrow during battle, noted sensations of numbness far removed from the site of the wound.