A: Science can trace the development of a baby, but it cannot explain exactly how the miracle of life begins. Science can study what happens when bones mend or wounds heal, but cannot explain why this happens. Acupuncture works with the life force behind these processes.
This life force (Chi or Qi) is the vital energy which created the body originally and continues to keep it alive and functioning properly. This vital energy originates from major organs, and flows along the continuous circulatory channels called meridians. When the energy flow is smooth and in balance, a person is healthy; if the balance is disturbed, then a person will feel ill or pain.
There are some specific points along the meridians called acupuncture points where the energy flow can be stimulated and the function of related organs can be regulated. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body, allowing it to heal.