Acupuncture is based on the theory of "Chi" or "Qi" a life force that runs through meridians or lines in the body.
It’s thought that disease and sickness is caused by blockages in the flow of this energy but inserting fine needles into acupuncture points can unblock those areas allowing the energy to flow.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of common illnesses including stress, addiction, pain relief and in China has even been used in open heart surgery.
Traditionally it is thought that it originated in ancient China but recent archaeological evidence from the Neolithic period suggests its use may have been more widespread.
The body of a five thousand year old "Iceman", discovered in a glacier on the Austrian/Italian border was found to have fifteen groups of tattoos on his body which correlate to contemporary acupuncture points.
There’s also new evidence to suggest that it was connected to the early foundation of Ayurvedic Medicine in Sri Lanka as well.