The idea behind Chinese medicine is that our body works as one whole unit. All of its parts work together and affect each other. When there are imbalances in this system or blockages, it causes dysfunction and dis-ease. Certain body systems can become out of balance by experiencing stagnation, excessive qualities or deficiencies. By working to support or suppress the systems that are in deficiency or excess, it gives the body a chance to regain balance and return to normalcy. Acupuncture also works by removing blockages in what are called meridian systems that traverse the entire body. If the body’s energy and resources can circulate freely, we can eliminate problems such as pain, limited mobility and other internal dysfunction.