The concept of QI and meridian in Acupuncture

Before we delve further into the actual treatment of Acupuncture, it is also good to know about the concepts behind it and the terminology that you will hear from your acupuncturist from time to time. Getting to know the vital information about the process will be able to prepare your mind and body for what is to come.

Acupuncture is believed to help regulate the flow of Qi in the body, an important energy that aids in maintaining its natural balance and connection to the universe.

The main goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to help the body achieve harmony in relation with the major organs, and harmony with the body’s external surroundings.

Zang-Fu Organs, Qi, and Meridians Defined

Qi and meridian

Although Qi may have different names in different parts of the world, the belief that it is an important energy that balances all living things, is one and the same.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi is considered to be an important bodily substance along with blood and plasma, and are considered vital components that allow human life to flourish. These three important elements are what comprise the foundations that allow the “zang-fu” organs, tissues and meridians to function properly.

The term zang-fu is a collective term pertaining to the twelve major organs of the body. The first six being the zang organs which include the heart, lungs, kidney, liver, spleen and pericardium, while the remaining six are called the fu organs which include the stomach, gallbladder, small and large intestine bladder, and the san jiao – a term unique to traditional Chinese medicine which pertains to a mechanism responsible for the body’s regulation of temperature .

Each zang organ has a specific fu organ that complements its function. Any disharmony between the organs will greatly affect the body’s Qi and could eventually lead to sickness.

Qi circulates the body through pathways known as meridians. The regular flow of Qi in our organs and tissues is the main reason why we become healthy and illness-free. An accumulation of Qi in a certain organ or area of the body could possibly lead to blockages or masses that may have an adverse effect to the whole body’s balance.

The Meridian Connection

Meridians make it possible for every vital organ in the body to receive the right amount of Qi it needs to function properly and sustain human life. There are twelve primary meridians (zang-fu organs) and are divided into pairs as mentioned earlier.

The meridian pairings are 1) Lungs & Large intestine, 2) Stomach & Spleen, 3) Heart & Small Intestine, 4) Bladder & Kidneys, 5) Liver & Gall Bladder, and 6) Pericardium and San Jiao. Primary meridians flow throughout the body, while a separate meridian connection also flows through each zang and fu organ pair.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years and these terms are still being used in different branches of Chinese healing today. Scientific back-up or none, these concepts are important in understanding how various treatments work, eventually aiding you in choosing whether it’s right for you.

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