What is Acupuncture Acupuncture is the most ancient and continuously practiced form of medicine with a 4,000 year history. By inserting very thin, solid, hair-like needles, acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body to positively affect both the central and peripheral nervous systems, increase proper blood flow to the symptomatic areas, and enhance overall healthy functioning of the entire human body. It also triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals, such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties. Acupuncture focuses on Qi, blood, organs and the nervous system and draws upon the body’s natural healing abilities. By repairing internal organ functioning and stimulating the flow of blood and Qi, acupuncture does more that cover up symptoms with medications which often fail to heal the body and may lead to more serious problems in the future.