The extra meridians
There are 8 extra meridians. Six of them are briefly explained on this scrolling page. Scroll right to take an in depth look into the Du and Ren meridians which are commonly used.

The Dai meridian
The dai meridian starts below the hypochondriac region and runs obliquely downwars to connect the three points of the gall bladder meridian at Daomai Gb 26, Wushu Gb 27 and Weidao Gb 28. It then goes round the waist like a belt. this meridian is considered a belt binding the yin and yang meridians.

Malfunction of the dai meridian will lead to fullness of the abdomen, weakness of the lumbar region and coldness to the pelvic region.

The Chong meridian
The chong meridian starts in the pelvic region, descends and emerges at the pericardium. It ascends the vertabrae column at the back and goes in front, splitting into two to connect with the left and right kidney meridian at the pelvic region at Henggu K 11. It goes to Dajae K 12, Qixue K 13, Siman K 14, Zhongzu K 15, Hangshu K 16, Shangqu K 17, Shiguan K 18, Yindu K 19, Tonggu K 20, and Youmen K 21. It then goes up the chest, throat and ends at the upperlip. The chong meridian is thought to control the qi and blood of the whole body.

Malfunction of the chong meridian will lead to a feeling of the qi from the lower abdomen going up to the throat, leading to abdominal discomfort and gynecological disorders.


The Yangqiao meridian
The yangqiao meridian starts from the lateral side of the heel at Shenmai Ub 62, goes to Pushen Ub 61, ascends to the outer aspect of the leg to Fuyang Ub 59, up the thigh, hypochondrium at Juliao Gb 29, to the shoulder at Naoshu Si 10, Jianyu Li 15, Jugu Li 16, up the neck, face at Dicang St 4, Juliao St 3, Chengqi St 1, Jingming Ub 1 and goes upward to the forehead, top of the head and ends at the back of the head at Fengchi Gb 20.

Malfunction of this meridian will lead to loss of yin qi resulting in excess yang qi leading to insomnia, numbness and muscular atrophy of the lower limbs.


The Yingqiao meridian
The yingqiao meridian starts from the inner aspect of the foot at Zhaohai K 6, ascends to the inner aspect of the leg to Jiaoxin k8, up the abdomen, chest, neck, face and to Jingming Ub 1.

Malfunction of this meridian will lead to loss of yang qi resulting in excess ying qi leading to hypersomnia, numbness and muscular atrophy of the lower limbs.


The Yangwei meridian
The yangwei meridian starts at the outer side of the foot at Jinmen, Ub 63, ascends to the outer aspect of the leg to Yangjiao Gb 35, up the side of the thigh, side of the body to the shoulder at Naoshu, Sj 10, Tianliao Sj 15, Jianjing Gb 21, up the neck to the forehead at Touwei St 8, Yangbai Gb 14, Lingqi Gb 15, to the top of the head at Benshen Gb 13, to the back of the head at Muchuang Gb 16, Zhengying Gb 17, Chengling Gb 18, Naokong Gb 19, and Fengch Gb 20 and communicates with the Du meridian at Fengfu Du 16 and Yamen Du 15.

Malfunction of this meridian will lead to in-cordination of the yang meridians of the 12 original meridians resulting in lack of body qi, weakness of the body and 4 limbs and eventually leading to chills and fevers.


The Yingwei meridian
The yingwei meridian starts at the inner aspect of the leg at Zhubin K 9, ascends to the front of the thigh to the groin at Fushe Sp 13, up to Daheng Sp 15, Fuai Sp 16 and Qimen Liv 14 and up to the throat to communicate to with the ren meridian at Tiantu Ren 22 and Lianquan Ren 23.

Malfunction of this meridian will lead to in-cordination of the yin meridians of the 12 original meridians resulting in loss of will power, fright and eventually leading to cardiac and gastric pain.