1 General introduction to meridians and acupoints. The theory of meridians and acupoints is the basic theory of acupuncture and moxibustion therapy.
run up and down ,interiorly and exteriorly within the body
in the deeper layer .
branches of meridians networks,thinner and smaller than the meridians,
run crisscrossly over the body .
Collaterals can be further divided into subcollaterals which called minute collaterals.
The shallow collaterals are called superficial collaterals which distribute all over the body.Differentence between meridians and collaterals
22.214.171.124.1 Distribution on the surface of the body
126.96.36.199.2 Association of the twelve meridians with the viscera
188.8.131.52.3 Running direction , circulation and convergent principle of the twelve meridians
184.108.40.206.4 Extetnal and internal relation
1.No external and internal relation
. 2. in close relation with the extraordinary fu organs.
3. No their own distributing routes and just run around among the twelve meridians except the governor and conception vessels.
4.No their own specific acupoints except the governor and conception vessels.
5. they do not transport qi and blood like that of the twelve meridians, just accumulate and regulate qi and blood in the twelve regular meridians.