Figure 1: Anterior View of Meridians|
Figure 2: Posterior View of Meridians
Figure 3: Lateral View of Meridians
Figure 4: Meridians of the Head
Figure 1: Anterior View of Meridians
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the body to stimulate acupoints, of which the major ones are shown on this chart These points are located along 14 meridians traversing the head, arms, legs, and trunk With the exception of the Ren and Du meridians, all meridians are symmetrical, traversing both sides of the body.
(Note: Although this chart shows meridians on both sides of the body, only one side is labeled) These meridians are channels through which Qi (vital energy) flows throughout the body If the flow of Qi is insufficient or interrupted, then the body's yin and yang become unbalanced, and illness may result.
Note: The first point of the Ren Meridian (RN 1) cannot be seen in this figure It is located between the scrotum and the anus in men, and between the posterior commissure of the labia and the anus in women.
Chart available from PAPERTECH
Calvin Dale Smith, BA, MSc, DOM
Doctor of Oriental Medicine (USA)
Riverside Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 106
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5
cdalesmith at calvindale.com