For example, you need to know that “meridian” in Chinese translates to “Jing Luo.” The Chinese term means two different things that are often conflated together in the English word. Jing meridians are defined as the pathways that act as the interior or the core meridians in the body. Lou meridians describe those pathways that branch off from that core meridian area and usually move outward in a horizontal direction. The word “Jing,” in Chinese means to pass through. Luo translates roughly to mean “network.” These terms come together to enhance our understanding of the idea of the meridian system within the body that is used to guide Chinese medicinal principles. These pathways are chiefly understood as channels and connections, like rivers and streams that flow through your being.
A common misconception is that the meridian system represents the body’s blood vessels. While it is highly similar, as the meridian works as a channel system that distributes qi around the body when needed, they are not anatomical structures. An anatomical representation for the meridian system, at this point, does not exist. Blood vessels and nervous systems are, however, a baseline for how the meridian system looks, and interacts with the body’s systems. They are all channels that transfer signals and fluids to where they need to go to encourage proper functionality of the body.