Meridians are described as the “pathways” through which the energy (Qi) flows. This notion can lead to a limited representation of what Qi essentially is.
Using an analogy, we can compare the lines of the meridians on the body with the lines on a weather map. On a weather map, the lines reflect the invisible flow of air. This movement is everywhere in the atmosphere and is crucial for a balanced climate and general well-being of the planet.
We can look at a map of the meridians in the similar way. It shows how invisible energy moves and flows through our body. These energy flows are present everywhere much like an atmosphere, and determine the well-being of body and mind. It benefits the overall balance if, so to speak, “the high and low pressure areas” in the body move in a balanced manner with respect to each other.
If there is an unbalanced distribution of energy flows, if the concentration of energy is too high or too low, this has negative consequences for the general flow of energy, and consequently our health. If the flow becomes too weak or gets too strong, it can cause stagnation of the energy flow, or a deviation of the flow’s direction.
Acupuncture points are empirically established places on the body where influential nodes of these different energy flows are located. Active and properly functioning nodes are an expression of a balanced energy atmosphere. Painful, empty or stagnated nodes give an acupuncturist insight into which energy flows need attention and adjustment.