These are examples of meridians with a series of acupuncture points.
So, what is an acupuncture point? For one, it is a small spot on the skin that has very low resistance to electricity.
Water carries electricity very well, which is why we don’t swim during a thunder storm. In other words, water has very low resistance to electricity.
Glass or rubber have very high resistance to electricity, which why we wear rubber gloves if we are handling anything that might give us an electrical shock.
Everything has varying levels of resistance to electricity. An acupuncture point has, like water, a lower resistance to electric currents than the rest of the skin. Because of this, they can use modern electronic tools to measure acu-points, by measuring resistance.
They use this same idea to locate the points.
While we can’t see the Ch’I energy, acupuncture points can be proven to exist by these modern electronics. Each of the acupuncture points is connected to an internal organ or specific place in the organ.
For instance, there is a point on the Ear that is connected to the thumb. At a certain school of acupuncture they would demonstrate to their students how acu-points are connected to remote areas of the body by locating this point on the ear and gently touching it with a probe.
There would be no discomfort in doing so. They would then bring out a thumb screw and place it on the thumb. They tighten it until the thumb became sore and they then again would place the probe on the thumb point on the ear.
The student would now grimace and jerk their head back because the point was now painful to touch. When the thumb screw was removed the ear was again probed and the point’s sensitivity had returned to normal. Acupuncturists use painful points to diagnose where a problem exists in the body.
For example, if an acupuncture point on the Small Intestine meridian is painful, there may be a problem with the small intestine.
In the Small Intestine Meridian of Hand - Taiyang meridian, (slide on the right) the numbering starts at the little finger and counts up the arm toward the shoulder, which gives us the direction of the energy’s movement.
Because we can electronically test and verify the points, this is the only real evidence we have that the meridians really exist, other than the fact that acupuncture works.
They were tireless observers of nature, conscious of the ever recurring changes from night to day, season to season, life to death.
These continuous changes were guided by the TAO (pronounced Dow) – a Chinese idea close to God in the west.
Tao means infinite origin, that from which flows all that exists. From the Tao emanates the dual principles of yin and yang.
All change is the result of the rhythmic interchange between yin and yang. Day changes to night, night changes to day. Everything changes from a passive stage to an active phase back to a passive one.
Yin is the cold, dark, passive and negative stage. Yang is the warm, bright, active and positive. (Not Good and evil – poles of a battery are not good or evil) Each depends on the other for survival.
The human body is divided into yin and yang regions. The upper parts are yang because they are closest to the great yang, the heavens. The lower regions are yin because they are closest to the earth, the great yin. The front and inner regions are yin, while the back and outer regions are yang.
Even the internal organs are divided along yin and yang. The mostly solid organs (heart, kidneys, lungs, spleen and liver) are yin, while the mostly hollow organs (large intestine, bladder, stomach, small intestines and gall bladder) are yang.
At the core of the yin/yang balance in the body is what the Chinese call “Ch’I” energy – the most basic form of energy – the energy which we have been discussing. It is this energy that flows through the organs of the body and along the meridians.
This energy is the most significant difference between western and Chinese medicine.
Western medicine is preoccupied with the physical body and its chemical reactions – used to explain everything. It studies the body and its anatomy.
The Chinese physician studies the body’s energies, which consist of rivers and streams of well defined energy patterns and acupuncture points.