Acupuncture stems from Chinese medicine and is based on the idea of maintaining balance and harmony within the body. It is thought that when the flow of your life energy or chi becomes disrupted, illness and disease can result because your health is weakened. Acupuncture is used in order to restore chi distribution. An acupuncturist will insert needles into acupuncture points along the energetic pathways or meridians of the body. There are over 350 acupoints on the meridians of the body so an acupuncturist carefully selects the points to be used in the treatment.