Originating from the Latin 'Acu' – Needle; Literally meaning to puncture with a needle. Despite sounding aggressive it is far gentler in practice!!
It is based on the existence of 12 meridian lines of energy (Qi – pronounced "chee") which flow around the body both internally and externally. When this energy is disrupted then illness results.
The insertion of fine needles along specific points of these channels frees up or strengthens the energy thus allowing the body to rebalance and return to good health. Auricular acupuncture is also available.