The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. The Chinese have identified 71 of these rivers of energy which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs is associated with its own highway. Through this network, internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and other organs.
When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the highways to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs it causes a traffic jam, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly or has to flow in the opposite direction. Just like a ten car pile up would stop the flow from one part of a city to the other, resulting in stress, delays and potentially accidents, the body’s innate balance is disrupted and disease (or dis-ease) results.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Qi is engaged and flow is returned by inserting needles at specific points. As the body regains its natural balance and Qi flows freely, well-being and health return.