In the previous part, we have discussed how TCM views the internal organs (zang fu) as an interconnected system, for converting food, water, and air into the five vital substances. In this part, we will discuss the jing luo, how they connect the organs to the rest of the body, and how acupuncture points, or “acupoints,” are points along the jing luo, and how they can be stimulated to achieve clinical results.
You may sometimes see the term “meridian” used in place of jing luo. Meridian was a term used by French diplomatic scholar George Soulié de Morant who brought acupuncture to Europe in the early 1900s after spending years in China. We will be using the term jing luo, or “channel.”
Previously, we have explained that there are five zang organs, plus the pericardium, and six fu organs, for a total of 12 “organs.” There are twelve primary jing luo, one for each of the “organs.” Each of the primary jing luo channels also has subchannels, eventually linking them to the body’s surface, where they manifest themselves as acupoints. There are many more additional channels (72 total) and hundreds (maybe thousands) of acupoints, depending on how they are counted. However, most treatments deal only with the twelve primary jing luo, plus two other , and their associated acupoints.
Of the 12 primary jing luo, 6 go from torso to hand (3 yin and 3 yang), and 6 go from torso to foot (again, 3 yin and 3 yang). Through subchannels, they go all over the human body. For example, one of the primary jing luo is “Hand’s Major Yin Lung Channel,” which links the hand to the lung. When any of these jing luo are out of balance, such as being affected by a disease or abuse of the body, disharmony occurs, and the disharmony manifest as symptoms of a condition or disease.
How acupuncture point manipulations eliminate “disharmony” will be discussed in part 4. The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) is ready to check your concerns and help you achieve your health goals today.