Acupuncture is the most recognized of the eight branches. Acupuncture is a very safe and effective treatment with little to no side effects. It requires comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as diagnosis, theory, and treatment. Acupuncture is the shallow insertion and manipulation of fine, sterile, one-time use needles into specific points on the body. These points are located on specific channel pathways where the energy flows. The energy flow is very much like the electrical system of the body and the needles manipulate this system to reduce pain and to promote the innate healing process of the body. The goal is to promote the smooth and correct flow of Qi (vital energy) inside the channel pathways of the body to nourish every area of your body.  When the flow of energy is free without any constraints, the symptoms decrease while the body functions improve remarkably.