The Clinical Stress Relief and Counseling Center does not offer acupuncture theory training, only practical treatment. Some basic information may assist you in conceptualizing your sessions, such as the fact that acupuncture causes the release of endorphins, and dilates blood-flow channels, lower blood pressure and calming hypertension. . Specialized Acupuncture is the mind-focused branch of acupuncture, which is especially effective for chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, migraines, backaches, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Asian medicine does not separate the body from the mind in the treatment of gaps in wellness; symptoms are considered crucial information, and are not suppressed. As such, it’s challenging to explain Acupuncture in “modern” terms. Qi (pronounced “Chi”) is life-force energy which flows through the body, and can become blocked, stagnant, or depleted, to name just a few issues. Acupuncture is an energy modality which stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself, and can be a regulator for the body and mind.