Traditional Chinese Medicine The philosophy is founded on the notion of balance; energetically and physically, everything exists in a balanced state of yin and yang. There are 5 elements (water, earth, fire, metal, wood), each which express yin and yang as represented by different organ systems. This means, when one element is imbalanced (an organ as an imbalanced state of yin, yang, or both) the body expresses illness or disease in relation to that element’s organ. Acupuncture works to stimulate pressure points specific to the organ, and other organ systems to help restore balance in the body. Physiologically, acupuncture causes a microtrauma in the skin that stimulates the body’s response to healing. The response enables blood, oxygen, and other cells to clear out any inflammatory residue that may be in the area causing pain.