What are MERIDIANS?
If you’ve ever seen an anatomical pressure point chart you have noticed many lines running up and down the body and limbs. These lines represent channels of energy or QI. QI is a vital energy force, which brings a form of communication of actions to all parts of the body. These Meridians, with Qi flowing through them, control the activity of the various organs as well.
There are 12 Meridians communicating to the internal organs. Six of these are categorized as Yin meridians and the other six are categorized as Yang Meridians. The Yin organs run deeper anatomically and communicate activity to most of the vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidney, spleen, lungs and the pericardium. The Yang Meridians run closer to the surface of the body and communicate activity to the stomach, large intestine, small intestine, gall bladder, bladder and the triple warmer.
The energy that travels within a Yang Meridian flows from the top of the body downward while the Yin Meridians travel in an upward manner. There are two other Meridians that are found in the body. They are called the Conception Vessel and the Governing Vessel. The Conception Vessel runs in the center of the frontal portion of the body and exercises control over the Yin organs. While the Governing vessel exercises control over the Yang organs and run down the back.
Although the 12 meridians run vertically they are connected at some points horizontally as well. In this way communication is formed from a pressure point on one meridian to a pressure point on another. In short, all meridians form an electrical communications network from organ to organ from pressure point to pressure point or in terms of electric’s, one continuous electrical loop or circuit interconnecting all parts of the body as one magnificent whole.
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