For Starters: What's a Meridian?
As I start this SoCal career, it's interesting what kind of misconceptions people have about acupuncture: both what it is, and what it isn't. So let's talk about what acupuncture is. Acupuncture activates the body’s natural healing process to combat illness and disease. Hair-thin needles are inserted at specific points on the body, sometimes with the application of heat or low-intensity electricity.
Acupuncture theory states that 12 channels of energy, called meridians, run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. If the movement of energy is blocked, it creates a “traffic jam” that properly inserted acupuncture needles are able to unblock. Each channel/meridian is a group of points up and down the body, and their names are based on the main organ they’re associated with: heart, liver, spleen, stomach, etc. So if you have a problem with your liver, an acupuncturist would treat the liver meridian to help that organ. So knowledge of meridians, their locations, their points and how they influence each other are a big part of acupuncture training. Once this knowledge is mastered, however, it paves the way to patients' pain relief!
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Jane Rong Rohrs, L.Ac.
Using knowledge of the ages to treat patients in the present.