Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing that views health as the balance within an individual’s healing energy, or chi. Acupuncturists help chi move along pathways, known as meridians, that connect various organs and systems within the body.
The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one’s overall health. However, blockages and imbalances result in pain and illness. The acupuncturist inserts very fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points along the meridians to redirect and reposition the flow of energy. Instead of or in addition to needles, small rolled-up cones of moxa, the dried leaves of the mugwort plant, are often placed on the point and burned until heat is felt..