What are meridians?

Several thousand years ago Chinese Physicians discovered that Qi, the vital life force or energy, circulates throughout the body along fourteen major channels. Twelve of these channels are duplicated on the left and right sides of the body. The other two major channels are located along the front and back midline of the body. In addition several extra channels also run through out the body. These channels are known as meridians.Meridians form a highly complex invisible network that transport and direct Qi to every part of the body from head to toe and skin to bones. You can think of it as the freeways and highways running through your body. Good health depends on the free flow of Qi or energy throughout the meridians. Over centuries of trial and error and meticulous observation, the Chinese accurately mapped the locations of the meridians and identified hundreds of specific points along these pathways where Qi can be accessed and manipulated. These points are known as acupuncture points or acupoints.