During an acupuncture session, the patient will typically lie down on a treatment table while the acupuncturist inserts thin, sterile micro needles into specific points on the body. The needles are left in place for a period of time, usually between 20 and 40 minutes, while the patient relaxes. The acupuncturist may stimulate the needles by gently twisting or tapping them, or by applying heat or electrical stimulation. After the needles are removed, the acupuncturist may recommend other treatments such as cupping or moxibustion to further stimulate acupuncture points. The patient feels a sense of relaxation during the treatment. The acupuncturist will discuss the patient's progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture also treats the roots of illness and accelerates the body's innate biochemical healing mechanisms.