Meridians Are Energetic Channels Within the Body

Qi Pathways

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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

Originating in Chinese Medicine, the meridian healing system is based on the concept that an insufficient supply of qi makes a person vulnerable to disease.

Restoring the qi to its optimal flow is the ultimate goal in restoring overall health and well being to the individual. Acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, massage therapists, and other holistic health practitioners assist clients in repairing dysfunctional areas within their meridian systems as a means to restore a natural balance by utilizing various healing methods.

Jing luo is the Chinese term for meridians or energy channels. Jing meridians are the vertical interior channels within the meridian system. Luo are the horizontal connecting lines. Jing and lou work in concert, creating a seamless and healthful flow throughout the body. Unless of course, there is a break which indicates imbalance.

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

Twelve Major Meridians

The twelve major meridians correspond to specific human organs.

Yin meridians flow upwards while Yang meridians flow downwards. Pathways corresponding to the Yang organ are often used to treat disorders of its related Yin organ.

Chinese Names of the Major Meridians
Lung MeridianArm Tai YinLu1 - Lu11
Stomach MeridianLeg Yang MingSt1 - St45
Heart MeridianArm Shao YinHt1 - Ht9
Small Intestine MeridianArm Tai YangSi1 - Si19
Bladder MeridianLeg Tai Yang KidneyBl1 - Bl67
Kidney MeridianLeg Shao Yin KidneyK1 - K19
Pericardium MeridianArm Jue YinPc1 - Pc9
Triple Burner MeridianArm Shao YangSj1 - Sj23
Gall Bladder MeridianLeg Shao YangGb1 1 Gb44
Spleen MeridianLeg Tai YinSp1 - Sp21
Liver MeridianLeg Jue YinLr1 - Lr14
Large Intestine MeridianArm Yang MingLi1 - Li20



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