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Patient undergoing a type of acupuncture

Patient undergoing a type of acupuncture

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SIMON FRASER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Patient undergoing a type of acupuncture treatment known as moxibustion; a small cone of a special dried herb, moxa, is being burned over an acupuncture point. In traditional Chinese medicine, illness is considered to be due to an imbalance of "vital energy" or Ch'i, which flows through the body in twelve pathways or meridians, each meridian corresponding with one of the vital organs. The acupuncturist corrects the imbalance by inserting needles and/or burning moxa at specific points on the meridians to stimulate the energy flow. Moxa is the downy covering of the leaves of the herb Artemisia moxa, a type of wormwood.

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