Acupuncture is an ancient oriental healing art in which a doctor places needles in various points on the body surface. These needles are placed along 'energy meridians' and help to break up energy blockages so that a healthy flow of energy may resume. Chinese medicine holds that interruptions in the body's energy flow cause a myriad of ailments, particularly if they are not addressed for long periods of time. By releasing energy blockages which are congesting certain joints or organs, relief is achieved. By the same token, resuming energy supplies to organs which were being deprived allows overall health to be regained.