The Chinese use the term “jing luo”, meaning channels, or meridians. According to the school of acupuncture these are invisible channels carrying Qi (energy) through the body. The acupuncture points are areas where the Qi in the meridians approach the surface.

There are 12 main meridians, 6 yin and 6 yang, and many extra meridians, which form an intricate network of energy channels throughout the body. Each of the main meridians is linked to a vital organ or a bodily function, i.e. lung, spleen, stomach or small intestine, and their energy can be influenced by needling acupuncture points.

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