Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest medical practices on record – documentation suggests it originated over 5,000 years ago. The ancient Chinese developed this unique medical system through careful and diligent study of the body, mind, emotions and the natural world around them. This methodology is based on the idea that pathways of energy, or ‘qi’, run in systematized patterns throughout the body. These pathways or ‘meridians’ circulate energy and nourish the tissues. Obstructions in the movement of this energy can result in a variety of potential imbalances and, if untreated, eventually lead to pathology and disease. Acupuncture points, carefully chosen for specific, individual conditions, are stimulated along these pathways to encourage the flow of Qi and Blood in the body resulting in better health and vitality.