Acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi, a key component of Eastern philosophy. The term Qi loosely translates as “vital energy” or “life force energy” and runs throughout the body in channels called meridians. Insertion of a very fine needle into various acupuncture points aids in restoring the flow of Qi. Western medicine, being unfamiliar with the concept of Qi, proposes other mechanisms are at work. Research shows that acupuncture stimulates biochemical, neurological, hormonal and other physiological responses. It reduces inflammation and pain while promoting healing. It impacts neurotransmitters (responsible for moods, sleep, appetite etc), circulation and the immune system.