Thousands of years ago, acupuncturists discovered that Chi, the vital force, circulates throughout the body along fourteen major channels, twelve of which are duplicated on the left and right sides of the body. They two other channels are located in the center of the body, one in the front and one in the back. Today, acupuncturists usually call the channels "meridians"
Meridians form a highly complex invisible network transporting and directing Chi to every part of the body including the head, arms, legs, torso, organs, and systems. Good health depends on a balanced circulation of Chi throughout the meridians. Over centuries acupuncturists mapped the locations of the meridians and identified hundreds of specific points in the meridians where Chi can be accessed and stimulated. Those points are commonly called "acupoints."
Next week we will go over the importance of Chi.