Consider your organs as little mini kingdoms. They all have territories, rivers of Qi that interact and weave all over the body like a canal system.
There are twelve major meridians and they are mirrored on both sides of the body. Each meridian goes along with a particular organ. And each organ, with its own physiological and invisible energy functions, is not only dependent on the other organ systems but also on the overall meridian network – the kingdom at large.
These meridians can be followed like a line, traced with pinpoint accuracy: this is what acupuncturists do. You have to treat within a space the size of half a grain of rice for the points to be effective. The job of the acupuncturist is to understand that these 361 points in the body are specific and detailed, they interrelate and can work in myriad ways. But, these rivers are also broad and carried through the fascia in a more general way. And when you are self-treating, this makes them very accessible. This is what we do with gua sha and tapping and Qigong!
According to Chinese medicine, as long as Qi flows freely through your meridians and your organs work in harmony, your body will remain healthy. When your body’s meridian system functions well, you are well. Yet due to a number of causes, like excess stress, an unhealthy diet or lack of oxygen – your body’s meridians can become clogged or even blocked.
Meridians are incredibly sensitive. They can carry the effects of stimulation in the form of healing energy throughout your entire being. It is this special quality that allows the various Chinese medicine treatment modalities to work. By using food, herbs, Qigong, acupuncture or acupressure, the flow of energy in the meridians can be stimulated, restoring balance and health.