Meridians | 经络
Meridians spread throughout the human body in a connected network, their qi nourishes the body's internal organs. There are hundreds of acupuncture points along meridians. Meridians are essentially strings connecting acupuncture points, which are considered as passageways through which energy flows throughout the body.
There are twelve Major Meridians that allow the body to function in a clock-like manner. The qi in the meridians flow according to a kind of circadian cycle, based on the time of day. This cycle can be used to pinpoint and treat illnesses. Each meridian links to an internal organ. Each organ has its own physiological and invisible energy functions, is not only dependent on the other organ systems but also on the greater meridian network.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, as long as Qi flows freely through your meridians and your organs work in harmony, your body remains healthy. This means that when your body’s meridian system functions well, you are feeling your best. But due to a number of causes, e.g. stress—your body’s meridians can become clogged or blocked. This affects the function of the corresponding organ and ultimately the whole body-mind-spirit.