Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine which has been used to successfully alleviate both pain and dysfunction within the body for thousands of years. Early Chinese practitioners discovered that there is an energy network throughout the human body just below the surface of the skin which connects the exterior of the body with the internal organs at over 1,000 different points throughout the body. This energy network works in harmony with the body's muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive and other body systems. When this energy becomes blocked or weakened, there is a resulting effect on a body system or at a particular anatomic location. By stimulating one or more of these key points, the body can restore balance to the affected area. Acupuncture treatment not only targets the symptoms, but also the root of the problem.