In Chinese Medicine, we believe that Qi circulates through the body along stream-like meridians. If the flow of Qi gets blocked, like water flooding behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture releases blocked Qi in the body and stimulates the body's natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture's effect on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body's various homeostatic systems, acupuncture helps to resolve pain, balance hormones, decrease stress and inflammation, and improve sleep, digestive function, and well-being.