The Meridian System: The Basis of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
The meridian is a path through which the life-energy known as “qi” flows, in traditional Chinese Acupuncture.
There are about 400 acupuncture points and 20 meridians connecting most of the points, however by the 2nd Century CE, 649 acupuncture points were recognised in China. These 20 meridians include the “twelve regular channels” or “twelve regular meridians”, with each meridian corresponding to each organ, nourishing it and extending to an extremity. There are also “Eight Extraordinary Channels” or meridians, two of which have their own sets of points, and the remaining six have connections to points on other channels.
The best way to understand Meridians is to picture them as an “energy circulation” system. Flow of vital energy runs smoothly within these energy channels, which form a circular network to reach the organs, supply energy and allow organs to function properly. On the other hand, meridians and channels should be filled with vital energy to assist with smooth flow and to provide enough energy to the body, allowing it to function.
Basically, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats low energy by using herbal remedies, and treats blocked channels by acupuncture. However, a TCM practitioner may treat unbalanced energy with a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies if you wish, or we feel it is necessary.