Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions. It is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine – a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. Over centuries it has been developed, tested, and refined to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. Meridians are open or closed, if they are closed or not functioning correctly there are painful on palpation or touch. When they are open pain is greatly reduced. So, through palpation the acupuncturist can make a diagnosis for the acupuncture point. Once the meridians are open this will allow chi to flow and start the healing process. The majority of patients notice a change in their symptoms after the first session.