Acupuncture is one part of a complete medical system which originated in China around 2,000 years ago, and has now spread to all of Asia, Europe and North America. Acupuncture involves the placement of needles in various points specifically located throughout the body. The needles are stimulated to produce a dull aching feeling, known as the Qi (chee) sensation, which signifies that the practitioner has successfully activated the correct point on the patient’s body for his or her specific condition.There are 365 primary acupuncture points, and no two patients are ever treated using the same point combination. All patients are unique, and have their own causes and manifestations of disease, and need to be treated as individuals. Needles are used in groups to open pathways, or meridians, which traverse the body on all sides, connecting the many acupuncture points together in an intricate system. These energy pathways can be used to both diagnose illness in the body and to treat any condition that needs medical attention. By providing proper stimulation, pain can be alleviated, disease in the body can be regulated, and proper circulation can be restored to all areas of the body, helping to rid itself of illness.