Posted on: September 1, 2016 at 10:06 am
Last updated: September 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Science is beginning to catch up to what ancient Chinese legends have known for centuries. Researchers have succeeded in capturing an infrared picture of meridian lines. This proves the traditional approach to healing using body energy. For those who are unfamiliar with acupuncture, let’s begin with the basics:

What are Meridian Lines?

Imagine a busy road with interlinking streets and zooming cars. A meridian is like a highway in the human body, but instead of cars, Qi (chee), pure energy, flows through it. This is not be confused with the circulatory system that holds the blood, since the meridian lines channel energy, the Qi, in the human being. Qi is more of a process than a structure. (1) 

body meridian lines


There are twelve main meridians inside the body with Qi. Each limb is crisscrossed by six channels, three Yin channels on the inside, and three Yang channels on the outside. (2)

Yin and Yang

The black and white symbol of the yin-yang is one of the most known emblems from ancient Chinese culture. It represents the two forces of the universe. Although they are opposites, they compliment each other. (3) For example, hot and cold, life and death, day and night. This balance is the essence of Qi. (4)


Acupuncture is a method of healing using the yin-yang and meridian lines in the human body. Acupuncturists insert thin needles into certain points on the meridian lines to stimulate the Qi in these channels. The insertions send messages to the nervous and immune systems to inhibit pain and resolve disease, thus balancing the yin-yang energy in the body. (5)

The Images That Proved It

infrared meridian 1

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Scientists have finally discovered meridian lines. Since these channels are comprised of Qi energy, it seemed unlikely they would ever be able to accomplish this. They used an infrared thermal imaging technique on thirty healthy volunteers. (6) By measuring and capturing the environmental temperature of the body, the researchers were shown symmetrical channels through the face and all along the spine and limbs. These channels were exact parallels to the meridian lines. (7) Interestingly enough, ailments such as tumors were revealed through these pictures, viewed as disruptions to the Qi and the yin-yang. (8)

In this groundbreaking discovery, they observed the time and rhythm of the radiant tracks. These findings not only prove the existence of meridian lines as a vital human function, but as well open the possibility for studying the physiology and pathology of acupuncture through this technique of measuring regional skin temperature, also know as thermography. (9)


infrared meridian 4


Acupuncture is now a proven method of healing. It can cure a vast spectrum of afflictions and illnesses, including ear, nose, throat, circulatory, gastrointestinal, gynecological / genitourinary, immune, addiction, emotional and psychological, musculoskeletal and neurological, and respiratory disorders. It empowers the body to heal itself without the use of outside drugs or other unnatural remedies that neglect to fix the root of the issue.

With this discovery on the rise, it makes me wonder about other traditional cures. Science may catch up to them one day.



(1) (2) Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences

(3) (4) Terry Hurley

(5) Kath Bartlett (2016)

(6) (9) Hong-Qin Yang (2007)

(7) Ling Guan, Gaobo Li, Yiling Yang, Xiufang Deng, and Peisi Cai (Mar 25, 2012)

(8) Yin Lo (March, 2004)

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