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Meridians are the pathways of qi (chi) and blood flow through the body. Qi flows continuously from one meridian to another. Any break in the flow is an indication of imbalance. If a person's vitality or energy is recognizably diminished it is an indication that the body's organs or tissues are functioning poorly, therefore the qi flow is inadequate.

Meridian Healing System

The meridian healing system (originating in Chinese Medicine) is based on the concept that an insufficient supply of qi makes a person vulnerable to disease. Restoring the qi is the ultimate goal in restoring overall health and well being to the individual. Practitioners (acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, massage therapists, etc.) assist clients in repairing dysfunctioning areas within their meridian systems to restore a natural balance by utilizing various healing methods.

The meridian system is used in herbal therapies, massage, acupuncture, and Shiatsu.

Twelve Major Meridians

The twelve major meridians correspond to specific human organs: kidneys, liver, spleen, hearth, lungs, pericardium, bladder, gall bladder, stomach, small and large intestines, and the triple burner (body temperature regulator). Yin meridians flow upwards. Yang meridians flow downwards. Pathways corresponding to the Yang organ is often used to treat disorders of its related Yin organ.

Resources and Related Links

  • The Fifteen Luo (Connecting) Points / Excepts from the book: Acupuncture, Meridian Theory and Acupuncture Points
  • Buddha Body / The Master Meridian Check
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies - Book written by C. Norman Shealy M.D., Ph.D.
  • The Complete Guide to Natural Healing / Book by Tom Monte and the Editors of National Health Magazine
  • Watsu and the Meridians
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