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Acupuncture meridians are subtle energy pathways in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has for many centuries studied and worked therapeutically with these energy channels.
The body’s vital energies (called “qi” or“chi” in TCM) flow continuously through these pathways -- like blood through our blood vessels -- nourishing, maintaining and restoring all the body’s organ systems.
There are twelve standard channels, each of which is associated with a human biological function:
There are also two additional acupuncture meridians, called
The site, www.acupuncture.com, lets you get a detailed look at each of the fourteen channels.
The fourteen energy pathways, and the chi that flows through them, are critical to life. If the flow of qi is out of balance -- either too strong or too weak -- the system supported by the channel is disrupted.
There are more than 72,000 nadis, channelling prana to ever cell. The most important of them are
Practices such as alternate-nostril breathing are said to help bring Ida and Pingala into a desired state of balance.
Here's a great site, Acupressure.com, where you can learn a lot of great acupressure remedies and wellness techniques.
And here's another excellent site, Acutake, where you can learn a lot of background about acupressure and different acupressure points, written in a very friendly, accessible style.
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