"The lines on the acupuncture charts indicate the channels of rivers; rivers of energy which are the external pathway of the energetic field of the organ. That river has carved the contours of the body the same way a river carves its way around the rocks and obstacles in its path. The Chinese term for these pathways is “Jing”, which translates “channel” or “riverbed”."
"These pathways have been identified and utilized for centuries. Recent studies in France by Jean-Claude Darras and others have revealed the existence of these pathways using irrefutable techniques of modern Western science. These pathways are separate from and independent of the nerves, blood vessels or lymphatic channels. There is a direct communication between these pathways and the associated internal organs and structures. Acupuncture stimulates the body's intrinsic healing abilities by activating or influencing specific points on these energetic channels, along the pathway of its circulation. Each acupuncture point is like a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. It is a point on the body where that energy surfaces, so that we are able to influence those energetics back towards health." Source