There are twelve main meridians, or
invisible channels, throughout the body with Qi or energy flows. Each limb is traversed by
six channels, three Yin channels on the inside, and three Yang channels on the outside. Each
of the twelve regular channels corresponds to the five Yin organs, the six Yang organs as
well as the Pericardium and San Jiao. These are organs that have no anatomical counterpart in
Western medicine but also relate to processes in the body. It is also important to remember
that organs should not be thought of as being identical with the physical, anatomical organs
of the body.
Each meridian is a Yin Yang pair, meaning
each Yin organ is paired with its corresponding Yang Organ: the Yin Lung organ, for example,
corresponds with the Yang large intestine.
Within Chinese Medicine
, the Eight
Extraordinary Meridians represent the body’s deepest level of energetic structuring. These
meridians are the first to form in utero, and are carriers of Yuan Qi
– the ancestral energy
which corresponds to our genetic inheritance. They function as deep reservoirs from which
the twelve main meridians
can be replenished, and
into which the latter can drain their excesses.
Here is a link to a dental chart that
allows interactive associations of the individual teeth. Dental Chart