The Life Force Energy or Chi flows in pathways called meridians, that correspond to each organ of the body. Along these meridians at the surface of the skin are acupuncture points that function to move the Chi in specific ways. When these points are contacted, through the use of an acupuncture needle, the Chi moves, and we are able to support and restore the balance and flow of energy in the body. When the person’s own Chi is flowing properly the body’s inherent healing capacity is restored. Symptoms begin to resolve, and there is movement toward greater health and well-being.
A central part of Acupuncture is taking the pulses on the wrists of both hands. There are six positions on each hand, which correspond to the twelve meridians and the organs of the body. The pulses provide essential information about the quantity and quality of the Chi flowing in the meridians and to the organs.
Moxibustion is also part of Chinese medicine. Moxa is made from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris). The moxa cone is placed directly on the acupuncture point, on the skin. The moxa is lit and as it burns slowly, the heat permeates the acupuncture point, warming the Chi and supporting the energy flow of the blood. It has a strengthening effect that magnifies the benefit of treatment.