Acupuncture is the insertion of one or more ultra-thin needles into very specific points on the body for therapeutic purposes. The beneficial effects of acupuncture are related to its ability to help correct abnormal activity in the body’s nervous system. Needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals and hormones act to decrease pain, relax muscles and stimulate the body’s natural healing process.