The basis of acupuncture is an energy force known as "Qi" (roughly pronounced “chee”). A person’s health is influenced by the flow of this energy, or qi, in the body. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, illness may occur. Qi travels throughout the body along pathways called “channels.” The acupuncture points are specific locations where the channels are accessible and where Qi is easily directed by the placement of needles, moxibustion or acupressure. Acupuncture can balance the opposing forces of yin and yang, keep the normal flow of Qi unblocked, and maintain or restore health to the body and mind.