The practice of acupuncture is about striking a balance between the body’s natural tendency to heal itself and the stressors that constantly assail nature’s equilibrium. It is an art, not a science, based on thousands of years of empirical evidence and observation, founded by meditators and physicians attuned with the laws of nature. The acupuncturist tends to the body much like a gardener tends to his garden: adjusting, tweaking, and moving influences so that everything exists in harmony. It is a dance of opposites, where Yin engenders Yang and Yang nourishes and supports Yin. Excess must be tempered while deficiency must be tonified. As an artist balances with color, the Oriental medicine doctor creates harmony with Qi and flow. Qi is not an abstract idea, nor is it a mystery to be pondered. Just as the wind must roam and the oceans will flow, our own body’s currents must too. We are a microcosm of the universe—to be in-tune with the flow of the cosmos is to be in perfect health.