Meridian theory is at the heart of qigong, acupuncture, and other forms of Chinese Medicine. It is the common thread between all Chinese healing arts. This ancient theory is robust, sophisticated, and deep.
But are the meridians even real? If so, where are they?
Naturally, I get questions like this all the time. I’ve already written two articles about the meridians, which you can read below. These articles will answer many of the questions that you might have.
- Qigong Students: Here’s How to Make Sense of the Meridians
- Acupuncture Meridians: What Qigong Students Need to Know
In today’s video blog, I give my thoughts about the meridians and whether or not they are real.
In the video, I mention the discovery of a “new organ” in 2018. Here are just a few of the articles published on that topic:
- National Geographic: New Human ‘Organ’ Was Hiding in Plain Sight
- Scientific American: Meet Your Interstitium, a Newfound “Organ”
I also mention the fascia, which is a topic of great interest to me. Modern research on the fascia is hugely important for qigong practitioners. In particular, the parallels between the fascia and the Chinese concept of the Triple Burner (sanjiao, 三膲) should be of interest to every qigong practitioner, as well as every acupuncture physician.
If you’re new to the idea of the fascia then this quote will be of interest:
“Our biomechanical regulatory system is highly complex and under-studied — though new research is filling in the gap. Understanding fascia is essential to the dance between stability and movement — crucial in high performance, central in recovery from injury and disability, and ever-present in our daily life from our embryological beginnings to the last breath we take.” [Taken from the Anatomy Trains website.)
Watch the video blog here:
From the heart, Sifu Anthony