Acupuncture is the most well-known TCM method of healing. Hear how it developed in ancient China with accidental discoveries of acupoints. Meridians are thought to be invisible energy channels carrying qi and blood, and connect organs.
Meridians were first described during the West Han Dynasty. Hear why they are believed to be real and learn about contributions of ancient Chinese physicians to their knowledge base, including the twelfth meridian.
Energy channels unify the body and move qi and blood. Twelve meridians correspond to yin or yang organs; there are 361 acupoints that can be unblocked to treat illness. Hear an example of using acupuncture to treat flu.
Hear how the movement practice nurtures qi within the body. Experienced practitioners can see their own and other people's meridians. Principles include unifying body and mind and unblocking the meridians.
Qi concentration varies at different times of day within different meridians and corresponding organs. For instance, physicians intervene to improve lung qi that peaks between 3 and 5 a.m.
Pain occurs when meridians are blocked. Twelve channels are grouped into yin and yang meridians of the hand and foot. Acupuncture targets acupoints on hands and feet corresponding to organs; view examples with the Hegu, Zuzanti and Sanyinjiao acupoints.
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Out of the myriad aspects of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is, without a doubt, the most well-known. It spread to Europe as early as the 17th century. Today acupuncture is practiced in many parts of the world, but the study of acupuncture would not be possible without understanding its underlying counterpart, the Meridian System. After all, most acupoints relate to the meridians and most herbs are believed to enter the meridian pathways.
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