What is the Qi or Energy?
The Qi is a living force in the human body:
- to support the activities of vital organs
- to circulate blood and body fluid
- to provide powers for metabolisms
- to maintain harmony
What is the Meridians or Energy Channels
Acupuncture meridians are the pathways of energy or Qi. They run up and down along the human body. Each meridian connects an internal organ, such as heart, liver, kidney, large intestine, etc., and there also are branches of meridians that connect meridians into a network. There are twelve regular meridians and 722 regular acupuncture points are on these channels. Meridians are NOT nerve systems.
Possible Mechanisms for Acupuncture
Stimulate release of ß-endorphins into the cerebrospinal fluid and its analgesic effect can be reversed by naloxone and antiserum against endorphins.
Activate hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and ovarian.
Influence the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones.
Regulate and increase blood flow to the injured region.
Alternating immune functions.