The meridian concept comes from traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure. Ambas theory says that the body’s vital energy (氣 qi in Mandarin Chinese) flows through the body through specific channels called meridians. The different meridians are interconnected.
Meaning: “to merge spirituality and science”?
“In all cultures and medical traditions before ours, healing was accomplished by shifting energies.” – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Laureate.
Do Meridians really exist?
The Meridian Theory has been developed according to empirical knowledge. It is a complex and integrative system that has no equivalent in Western medicine, although some of its aspects sometimes seem to correspond with the circulatory, lymphatic, nervous or muscular systems that we are familiar with.
Should Meridians be considered simply as a mnemonic tool that has the power to synthesize observations from different physiological systems of the organism, or do they constitute a distinct real system that still escapes the knowledge of science? current?
The question remains open, but acupuncturists can affirm, from their daily practice, that the Meridian Theory provides remarkable clinical efficacy. In addition, patients regularly testify to the existence of something that corresponds precisely to Meridians, either by the descriptions they make of pain trajectories, or when they describe the sensations caused by the placing of needles on the points. acupuncture.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the network that Qi borrows to come and go in the body of man. The word Jing speaks of the idea of journeys, what we call the Meridians, while the term Luo describes to him the multiple ramifications and crossings deriving from the main branches of the Meridians. The whole gives the “Meridian Systems” that feed or connect the different parts of our anatomy, and make connections between organs, and acupuncture points, on the surface of the skin.
For decades, in various civilizations, the guardians of wisdom and the healers understood the energetic body well. The techniques of medicine to treat countries such as China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well as those of other countries, have all evoked or used the energy channels, meridians or nadis along which the vital energy of our body is in permanent circulation.
Life on earth exists by the force of life and the energy that travels and animates the body, allowing us to communicate, move, breathe, eat, think and even feel.
The old traditional healing techniques all spoke of energy channels, sen, meridians or nadis.
Now let’s talk about energy channels
This force, which is vital or chi, is made up of 2 types of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy paths or highways, running through our body.
More than 2,000 years ago, some cultures already knew about the existence of these energy channels.
They are called “sen” among Thais, “nadis” for Indians, “meridians”, “canals” or “vessels” for Chinese and Japanese, and “canals” for Tibetians.
For the Indians, where many Eastern healing arts have been developed, it is said that there are 72,000 nadis or energy pathways.
The disease is considered as a blockage, in these channels, of the flow of energy.
Like many medicinal traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are based on the principle of the existence of these energy channels or channels, also called meridians or nadis, which circulate through a vast network in the whole body in a vast network.
This idea may seem far-fetched for some to consider that our body is made of energy while we are made up of flesh and bones, we are a field of energy, integrated into another field of energy.
Our bodies are electromagnetic and scientists have measured these frequencies with machines, such as ECG and MRI. Many studies show that these energy pathways and these points conduct electricity even when needles are not used.
And the Shiatsu massage was created to give the same energetic effects.
Similarly, Qigong, Tai Chi and yoga postures were created to increase electrical conductivity in acupoints, but science has never believed in the existence of meridians so far.
A range of healing traditions that are based on the principle of meridians.
Results and scientific research
Researchers at the Seoul National University have confirmed the existence of meridians, which they call a “primary-vascular system.” They say that this system is a crucial part of the cardiovascular system.
Earlier, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han suggested the existence of meridians in the early 1960s. More than 50 years ago, S. Kim Bong-Han showed that new tubular structures existed indoors and outside the blood vessels and lymphatics, as well as on the surface of the internal organs and under the dermis. He thought they were traditional meridian lines. The meridians are then called “Bonghan canals” or canals, after its discovery, and now the existence of this system in various organs has been corroborated by other research.
In Korea, scientists believe that the primary-vascular system is actually the physical component of the meridian system used in acupuncture.
And they also suggest that this system is involved in the routing of energy flow and information, relayed by bio-photons (which are the electromagnetic waves of light) and by DNA.
There could be a link between the meridians, the energy and the information disseminated by the DNA.
Korean scientists are studying Oriental medicine with biophysical methods and injecting a solution containing a special dye that colors the meridians. By injecting this dye into the acupuncture points, they could see fine lines. These are not visible on sites where there are no acu-points and therefore no meridians.
The researchers found that meridians are not limited to the skin, but are in fact a system of channels through which a fluid circulates, and that this liquid can form aggregates of stem cells.
Previously, scientists used a combination of imaging and computed tomography techniques to observe concentrated points of microvascular structures that clearly corresponded to the map of acupuncture points created by Chinese practitioners in ancient times.
In a study published in the “Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and related phenomena”, scientists used a scanner on non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points. Computed tomography revealed a clear distinction between the anatomical structures of non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points.
The researchers injected a special coloring that dyes the meridians.
The meridians system
These Meridian Systems regroup all the regular Meridians, called JingMai. They form a complex organization ensuring the circulation of the three Yin energies and the three Yang energies present in the body. Each of the Meridian Systems is associated not only with specific Yin or Yang energy, but also with either the lower limbs (Meridians Zu) or upper limbs (Meridians Shu), and specific Viscera.
There are 12 pairs of primary meridians and 2 intermediate simple meridians, 6 yang and 6 yin. The yang meridians descend along the body and the yin meridians move up the body.
Each meridian is also linked to an element.
Each meridian is more active at a certain time of the day or night and each meridian is influenced by an element or a season.
The nature of the meridians in their elemental structure, and as vessels carrying the life force, shows the complex and deep connection of our body to the universe, at the cellular level.
We are intimately bound by the elements, the energetic structure and the flow of energy, to all life, on a cellular level.
Our planet is also known to have its own energy pathways or telluric lines, which can be compared to meridians.
The map was created by Chinese practitioners almost 2,000 years ago.
How are meridians related to our health?
It’s an absolute truth: Our body and mind needs balance.
A balanced flow or energy, not too much or not too little, is conducive to good health.
As the Buddha said: “the middle way” or moderation in all things.
We can see this harmony and equilibrium in life, as the relationship between the energies of yin and yang – or more simply, between the masculine and the feminine – the two opposing and catalyzing energies.
In our body, we have to balance, not too much or not too little.
Our health is dynamic if in our body there is harmony and balance between these two forces.
If the equilibrium is disturbed, and if the flow of one of these forces is greater than the other, then the disease may occur. These forces or energies circulate in very specific channels in the body, or meridians , and these are the energetic ways of healing the body.
In traditional Indian medicine, meridians are developed.
These are the nadis found in the physical body and these nadis constitute the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the respiratory system, the lymphatic system, and so on.
Blockages can lead to physical health problems.
The nadis can also be in the subtle body in which they carry thoughts, feelings and nerve impulses.
When they are blocked, we lose our ability to feel, and connect deeply with others, but with our environment and ourselves.
In the same way that veins are important for our proper functioning, nadis intertwine with our physical nerves and the matrix of consciousness to create the circuit of the mind and the self, supporting our physical expression through the dimensions of ‘another world.
Chi is composed of 2 kinds of forces, yin and yang.
The families of points
The points are divided into families defining their energy nature and their specific functions. A point has precise indications, it will always be used according to its synergistic action with other points. Prescription of points is not a universal recipe; it takes into account as much the treated condition as its chronicity, the energy state of the patient and external climatic factors. It will be deduced the number of points, the type of association between them, the tools to use, the manipulations to perform, and the application times.
The points can be distinguished according to their local or distal action. A local point is usually used to treat a condition located in the area of the point, such as when inflamed bladder is treated by points in the lower abdomen. A distal point offers the possibility of treating a pathology “at a distance”. This technique is used among others for cases of acute pain where it is impossible to directly treat the affected area. Distal points are also an integral part of a so-called “balanced” acupuncture session, where both head, trunk and limb points are solicited. Seasonal allergy prevention treatment, for example, will include both local points at the head (the affected area) and distal points at the ankles and forearms.
Another family is that of the points “Shu” and “Mu” (see Palper). They make it possible to effectively treat Viscera affections without having to use the meridians of entrails or organs concerned. The Shu points, all located on the first chain of the Meridian of the Bladder, which irrigates the back, are used to balance the Yang, thus the functions of the Organs.
Mu points (see opposite), by their location on the Yin side of the body, the abdomen and the thorax, give access to the structural aspect of an Organ and will be used to feed the Yin of it .
At the time of the Han (206 BC – 220 AD), while it was forbidden to completely undress in front of his doctor, a system of distal points was developed. Jing points, still very much used in our time. They constitute control points of the 5 Movements (Wood, Fire, Metal, Water and Earth) on each of the Meridians (see Five Elements). Each Viscera having its Meridian, they therefore alone allow the regulation of the Organs, in accordance with the Theory of the Five Elements. For example, on the Liver Meridian, the Fire Point may be stimulated to relieve symptoms associated with Excess “Fire” in that organ.
To these families are added several other types of points, each offering specific therapeutic features. I give you the main ones: the Luo points, located on the main Meridian (LuoMai) of each organ, allow to reach precisely anatomical zones; Yuan points regulate the use of the original Energy of each Meridian and the functions and Organs associated with it; Xi points, called emergency points, are used to treat an organ in acute crisis.
When the flow of energy is blocked, it causes a drop in energy and illness.
Practices like yoga and meditation on these subtle channels of energy, support the flow of energy through the body.
According to some ancient Indian texts, there are 350,000 nadis or energy pathways in the body.
In Indian medicine and spiritual science, it is said that the energies of the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body flow through the nadis.
In this context, it is said that the nadis connect at points of particular intensity called “nadichakras”.
The three most important nadis are those running along the spine: ida, pingala and sushumna.
Sushumna is the central channel of energy in the human body, it runs from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and carries kundalini energy, which is the primitive evolutionary force.
The Kundalini is awakened by yoga and meditation and is inert at the base of the spine. The activation of kundalini leads to an increase in states of consciousness.
The goal of yoga is to expand sushumna and unite these pathways.
Purifying the three nadis leads to overall health and well-being of body and mind, as well as to spiritual growth. Various Pranayama techniques help keep these channels open.
The three most important nadis are those who run along the spine: ida, pingala and sushunma.
If you are sensitive to energy and if you have had energy treatments, such as acupuncture, you may have felt some energy currents or cold or hot flow, for example, in the legs or in the legs. arms.
This is a release of energy in the meridians and energy flows released when the blockage is removed.
There are many kinds of healing based on the meridian system that promote radiant health.
By improving the flow of energy through the body, balance and health is achieved and we come into contact with our true selves.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality used in China since the end of the Stone Age. She treated all diseases that affect patients. Acupuncture entered the modern Western consciousness around the 1970s, when China stopped its isolation period and resumed political and cultural contacts with foreigners.
Acupuncture grew slowly in the West, perhaps because of the belief that there was no scientific basis.
Perhaps with the scientific evidence of meridians, acupuncture will become more prevalent, as well as other great healing modalities based on the body’s energies, thus supporting more people to have a health and a dynamic well-being.