Acupuncture is an ancient art which originated in China. The insertion of very fine needles into the body along meridians is used to open and balance the channels of the body. The theory is that disease is caused by either too much or too little energy flowing through the body. The needles open and balance the channels, restoring health to the system. The channels can be thought of as the electrical system of the body. They are the invisible wires that run through our entire body. Inserting a needle in a point on the channel affects the entire system. All the the channels connect with each other. Our life force, or qi, moves through the wiring system. If there is a break or damage to the system through disease or trauma, the needle insertion can help reestablish communication in the broken system. Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities.