Meridians transport Qi and blood all over the body, link up the upper and the lower, the inside and the surface of the human body, response and conduct the information. No doubt, it is an important theory that make us holistic practitioners.
It is stated in Chapter 10 of Miraculous Pivot(《灵枢》) that "so important are the meridians and collaterals which determine life and death in the treatment of all diseases and the regulation of deficiency and excess conditions that one must gain a thorough understanding o f them"
In our body, there are:
12 Main Meridians.
8 Extra Meridians.
12 Divergent Meridians.
12 Muscle Regions.
12 Cutaneous Regions.
12 Main Meridians are:
1>The Lung Meridian of Hand-Taiyin.
2>The Large Intestine Meridian of Hand-Yangming.
3>The Stomach Meridian of Foot-Yangming.
4>The Spleen Meridian of Food- Taiyin.
5>The Heart Meridian of Hand-Shaoyin.
6>The Small Intestine Meridian of Hand-Taiyang.
7>The Bladder Meridian of Foot-Taiyang.
8> The Kidney Meridian of Foot-Shaoyin.
9>The Pericardium Meridian of Hand-Jueyin.
10>The Triple Energizer Meridian of Hand-Shaoyang.
11>The Gall Bladder Meridian of Foot-Shao yang.
12>The Liver Meridian of Foot-Jueyin.
8 Extra Meridians are:
1> Governor Vesse(lalso called Du Meridian).
2> Conception Vessel (also called Ren Meridian).
4> Belt Vessel.
5>Yin Heel Vessel.
6>Yang Hell Vessel.
7> Yin Link Vessel.
8> Yang Link Vessel.
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Functions of meridians:
1>Transporting Qi and blood and regulating Yin and Yang.
2>Resisting pathogens and reflecting symptoms and signs.
3>Transmitting needling sensation and regulating deficiency and excess conditions.
We can say that the meridian theory is the core of TCM. It is not only used in acupuncture practice, but also in herb medicine, Tuina (Chinese remedial massage), Gua Sha, Daoyin (ancient deep breathing exercises) and etc.. We classify the herbs by it's entering meridian. Nothing is too strange, there was a TCM doctor with special power, he could see through our body to watch the dynamic condition of the herb people took, and thus he created a special and effective herb formula therapy, called Small Small Formula.
Thank you for your reading! --- Magic TCM