Have you ever seen an acupuncture model and wondered what the dots on the body represent? The dots indicate acupuncture points along specific meridians.
The meridians form the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. There are 12 primary meridians that connect the major organs and regulate the flow of Qi or energy throughout the body.
The meridians have yin-yang properties, there are:
- Three yin meridians of the arm – the heart, lung and pericardium meridians
- Three yang meridians of the arm – the small intestine, large intestine, and the sanjiao (there is no organ in Western medicine which corresponds with the sanjiao)
- Three yin meridians of the leg – the liver, kidney and spleen
- Three yang meridians of the leg – the urinary bladder, gall bladder, and stomach.
Each of the 12 primary meridians exists as half of a yin-yang pairing that establishes an internal-external relationship with the organs. Each arm meridian has a corresponding leg meridian; the meridians also affect the organ pairing. For example, illness of the heart or its meridian is treated through healing via meridian points of the kidney.
The knowledge of the relationship between the meridians and organs is the basis for understanding traditional Chinese medicine, in particular acupuncture which is focused on restoring the proper flow of Qi in the meridians with needles.
The meridians function as a system or network. Understanding this complex network takes years of study and practice. Victor Fenech has a Diploma of Acupuncture and a Master of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been practicing acupuncture for more than 30 years. Victor offers acupuncture for a range of conditions including pain, stress and fatigue.