Acupuncture began almost 4000 years ago in China and has survived to this day. In Chinese acupuncture, specific points through out the body are stimulated or sedated to produce a local or generalized effect. These points are treated with needles, massage, heat and even lasers. The choice of points depends on the meridians that need calmed or stimulated to balance the body’s energy and promote healing. Modern scientists have studied acupuncture and feel that it causes the release of hormones, cortisone, natural painkillers, endorphins and many other substances that account for its incredible effects. Acupuncture also stimulates the local tissues to respond and the blood supply to increase. It is nice to have a “conventional” explanation to help understand how acupuncture may work but it is important to remember that traditional acupuncture deals with energy and balance.