The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as energy flows freely along the meridians, health is maintained. However, should these meridians become blocked, the system is disrupted and pain or illness can occur. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting special sterile stainless steel needles into specific areas along these meridians to clear the blocked Chi and “reprogram” the normal function of the body. This can improve health and alleviate pain.