Many people have asked me how acupuncture works to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by trauma or accidents. To Westerners, it does seem absurd that the body can be healed by poking or sticking tiny pins and needles into various parts of it. However, this ancient form of healing has been, and is continually being proven to be effective for all kinds of physical pain and discomfort. The underlying premise of acupuncture lies in the energetic system of the body, which consists of Chi. Chi is energy which circulates throughout the body and is responsible for the proper harmonious functioning of all of the organs and processes of the body. When the Chi or energy becomes blocked or deficient, or travels in the incorrect direction, then disease ensues.