What are meridians?



What are meridians?

Chinese medicine postulates a system of energy paths known as meridians, which run through a horse's body in a network. 


There are twelve regular and eight extraordinary meridians. The most important examples of the latter group are the Ren Mai, the conception vessel, and the Du Mai, the governing vessel. According to the traditional Chinese concept, a form of energy known as Qi flows through the meridians.

Just as the water flow can change in a river bed, the flow of energy is also susceptible to change. Energy obstructions within the meridian system cause pains, which, importantly, can manifest themselves as muscular tension, back pain, lameness, or – in particular with horses – insubordination towards the rider.