Traditional oriental medical philosophy believes that there is a magnetic energy, having both a North and South Pole that are expressed in the body as positive and negative polarities. This energy is often called “chi” or “ki”, but can in fact be considered “life energy”.
This life energy flows through fourteen prominent, three- dimensional energy pathways that we call meridians. The energy flows in a continuous cycle through twelve of these fourteen meridians, completing a full cycle every twenty-four hours. Each meridian has a peak energy period of two hours every day. The remaining two meridians, the Central and Governing meridians act as “energy reservoirs”. Depending on the direction of this energy flow and the polarity of the energy, six of the meridians are considered to be Yang (positive polarity) and six to be Yin (negative polarity) meridians. A balance between Yin and Yang and therefore the polarity of our life energy is essential for optimal health.
The meridians have been named by the “life function” to which they are most closely associated. Mostly this is an anatomical organ we are familiar with. It is important to know that an energy imbalance in a specific meridian does not necessarily equal disease or damage to that organ. A chronic imbalance in a meridian may however eventually cause damage or disease in its associated organ.
Every muscle in the body is affected by the life energy flowing through its associated meridian. Every muscle in the body is associated with a specific meridian and organ. An imbalance in the life energy of the meridian system will therefore affect posture and biomechanical function via the muscular system. Any imbalance will also affect the functioning and relationships between the organs of the body.
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to balance the flow of this energy or "chi" through the fourteen meridians to achieve an energetic balance balance and therefore optimal health.