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The Meridian System in Traditional Chinese Medicine

The meridian system as it relates to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the system of pathways or channels that connect the entire body. This system is essentially a complex web or map of the body in which all the points are interconnected.

Yin and Yang in the Meridian Systems

In traditional Chinese medicine, there are twelve main meridian systems in the body. There are six yin and six yang points. They are all related to and connected to organs in the body.  The yin organs are the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and both kidneys. The yang organs are the small intestine, large intestine, bladder, gall bladder and the stomach.

Since they are all connected, when there is a problem with one organ or system it affects all organs or systems. The same can be said for pain. If one organ is in pain, all the other organs are affected as well.

There are also two additional parts to the meridian system that are independent of the internal organs but connected with the flow of chi energy. These are the governing vessel and the conception vessels, which correspond to the yang and yin respectively.

Acupuncture and the Meridian System

The points of the meridian system can be accessed through needles inserted into the skin. When an acupuncture needle goes through one meridian point, it taps into the internal functions that are connected to that particular point. This helps to ease pain within while also releasing the blocked chi.

When chi energy is released, the meridian system is no longer stagnant and the chi energy within becomes balanced again.  Like water, the chi runs smoothly once again, thus restoring both physical and mental health.  This allows the body to heal from whatever problems occurred due to the blocked chi.

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