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Qi circulates through the human body along certain pathways or channels, called meridians. Along these meridians, there are certain places, called acupoints, or simply points, which have been shown to have some influence on pain perception or bodily function when stimulated.
The physicians of ancient China discovered these points over thousands of years of close observation and meditation. Under certain conditions, specific areas of the skin can become tender to the touch. It has also been found that traditional acupoints, as identified thousands of years ago, are areas of reduced electrical resistance on the skin’s surface, and can be detected electronically.
The names of the classic meridians are lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen-pancreas, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidney, pericardium or circulation-sex, triple-heater, gall bladder and liver.