The concept of acupuncture is to use very fine needles to access the body's Qui (energy). According to Chinese medicine, the body's Qui is contained in and flows through a system of channels in the body called meridians. The meridians connect and nourish all aspects of the body with Qui. If someone is unwell, there will be an imbalance or a disruption to the Qui flow through the body's meridians. The Qui may have become stagnated, blocked, or weakened. Acupuncture can be used to stimulate or nourish an area of imbalance by directly accessing the flow of Qui.
Single-use acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points around the body. The needles are normally retained for a period of twenty minutes. This may vary depending on the individual and on the treatment strategy. Acupuncture should not be a painful or unpleasant experience. The sensations during treatment can vary and are often described as a heavy, numb, dull, or a slightly achy feeling in the area needled.