Acupuncture is based on the idea that health is determined by a balanced flow of energy. This energy is called Qi (pronounced chee), and is circulated through the body through energy pathways called meridians. These meridians, and specific acupuncture points, are linked to various internal organs. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points upon these meridians to help correct the flow of energy within these meridians and thus allowing the body to balance out overall energy. This process of restoring proper energy flow allows the body to function at a more optimal level, and is a safe and highly effective treatment for many different conditions.