Acupuncturists believe that Qi, or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A personal's health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Blockage of Qi in the body hinders the distribution of nourishment that a body requires to function optimally. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, and accidents all can cause an imbalance of Qi. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine promotes the free-flow of Qi in the body so you can enjoy good physical, mental, and emotional health.