An old form of treatment that originated in
in which long needles of steel, silver or gold are placed in the subcutaneous
connective tissue in precisely determined spots of the body, known as acupuncture points.
The general concept is that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called
which flows through the body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to cause
disease and by stimulating certain acupuncture points
one can correct imbalances in the flow of Qi, through channels known as
meridians. To understand the traditional theoretical framework,
i.e. the anatomy and the physiology of the acupuncture points in a human body,
so-called acupuncture dolls are used.