Acupuncture is an ancient form of therapy derived over 5,000 years ago in China. The art of acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points along meridians of the body. The therapeutic goal of acupuncture is to regulate the movement of blood and fluids through the body, its organs, and meridians. When qi (energetics of movement) and blood flow freely, the body is healthy. When a pathogen, emotion, or trauma disrupts the flow of qi, blood, and fluids, illness and pain can result. Acupuncture helps the body's immune system build, balance, and remove obstructions. By promoting free flow, acupuncture boosts the overall function of the body and its organs.