A local acupuncturist is a wellness provider who specializes in treating patients using acupuncture and Chinese medicine. They insert thin needles into various points of the body to treat diseases and conditions. Acupuncture is believed to improve the flow of your Qi, which is your energy flow. Studies have shown that acupuncture may reduce stress, headaches, digestive disorders, joint pain and back pain; improve your immune system and sleep patterns; and treat infertility, osteoarthritis, premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and menstrual cramps. If your local family physician feels that you may benefit from seeing a local acupuncturist they may refer you, or you can see a local acupuncturist without a referral.