When there is shock or intense pain, either physical or emotional, the organism is pushed to its limit of tolerance. Often these sensations and feelings cannot be processed immediately. It takes time for the organism to regain equilibrium, and in the interim, the body actually blocks energy from flowing to the affected areas. This can result in the appearance of physical symptoms. So, sensitivity to the energy language of the body plays an important part in the deep understanding of symptoms, and is the beginning of truly harmonizing these subtle energies. Acupuncture is a way of gently restoring energetic harmony by communicating with the body in its own language.