The body can be affected by its environment, and when surrounded by other people who are in an extremely relaxed state, a person?s body begins to relax as well. It is this principle on which the shared treatment room at North Shore Community Acupuncture operates. Acupuncture patients lay back fully clothed on zero-gravity recliners as the needles do their work. Balance plays a large role in the acupuncture practice of head acupuncturist Stephanie Kula and her board-certified staff, who treat patients according to the theory of five-element acupuncture. This theory is based in the fundamental elements of nature?wood, fire, earth, metal, and water?which, when out of balance, can cause sickness and a shift in over overall well-being.