A foot receiving acupuncture Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world and is used by one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system. It is likely that more people have been treated by Chinese and Asian medicine throughout history than by any other formalized system of medicine. Because of its relatively low cost and its noninvasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary health care in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture treatment for over 40 conditions, including stress, digestive disorders, depression, allergies, sleeping disorders, addictions, headaches and menstrual disorders.

Acupuncture is meant to allow the movement of chi. Chi or qi is the movement of energy and information in the body. The movement of chi can keep the healthy person healthy and ameliorate the discomforts and fatigue of short term and chronic illness. Acupuncture affects the body, mind, and spirit. In times of personal growth and transformation the presence of this subtle but profound intervention can be powerfully supportive.