Meridians are believed to be specific, interconnected channels which pass through all regions of the body. There is no physical, verifiable, anatomical or histological evidence that supports the existence of meridians, although some research has shown that transmission of information experienced as Chi could be possible through the subcutaneous fascia.
Life Force Flow
Chi (also known as Qi), which can be roughly translated as “life force energy” or “spiritual energy”), is believed to flow through the bodys meridians. When the flow of “life force” is blocked, impeded, or imbalanced at a point in the body, illness or loss of function can result. Such beliefs underpins many of the techniques and treatments used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and various TCM therapies (such as Acupuncture and Acupressure) aim to improve the flow of Chi and restore balance to its flow by reducing or eliminating blockages in these meridians.
As well as Chi, the balance of Yin and Yang in the human body is also considered with respect to blood, jing (“kidney essence” or “semen”), other bodily fluids, emotions, and the soul or spirit (shen).
Patterns of disharmony in the body (such as illness, disease, emotional disorders, etc) are thought to be caused by disruptions in the body’s energy flow along the meridians. To correct those disruptions, specific points on the meridians, called acupoints, are stimulated via needles, burning incense cones (moxa), applying pressure, massage, or other means.’
It is also believed that blockages of the life force are reflected through the feet, hands and ears in the form of lumps or crystals and that particular treatments, such as Acupressure and Reflexology, that stimulate these points can dissipate the blockages and improve the flow of vital energy to various unhealthy parts of the body and promote healing.
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