What are Meridians?
Energy meridians were first mapped in the human body around 3,500 years' ago by Chinese physicians, who understood that some sort of subtle energy (what we would call the soul) was animating the body. When the energy was flowing around the body correctly, the person stayed healthy. When the energy was stuck, stagnant, weak or blocked in some way, the person would get sick.
These early practitioners of Chinese medicine mapped the energy flow around the body, and identified 14 main energy 'pathways', which they called meridians. They termed this energy "Qi" or "Chi" (both pronounced chee).
Each meridian was named for the main organ, or physical system, it governed or regulated in the body. They then developed the systems of acupuncture (using small needles inserted into particular points along each meridian) and acupressure (using light pressure from the fingers on certain points along each meridian - aka "Tapping") to help energy flow better, and to help release the energetic 'blocks' in the body. From the beginning, Chinese medicine recognized that the energetic blocks in the body were usually caused by the person's negative emotions.
Qi (chi) energy flows through the body along energy pathways and make up part of your bio magnetic energy field. The meridians are the super highways for energy flow to travel. The meridians run on the inside of the body, through every major organ and system the body uses to function. These meridians or energy highways, access all parts of the body. Meridians can be mapped throughout the body; they flow within the body and not on the surface. Meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture points along its path.
There are 14 main meridians. They are:
Large Intestine Meridian
Small Intestine Meridian
Triple Heater (San Jiao) Meridian
Each meridian has been identified as being correlated and running through with certain organs, body functions and disease/sickness. Listed below are some of the illnesses one might experience, and which meridian should be tapped to help alleviate that illness or disease:
Stomach Meridian Addresses:
Bags under the eyes
Bloating and gas
Lip and mouth sores
Spleen Meridian Addresses:
Anything to do with the blood
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Fertility / pregnancy isues
Heart Meridian Addresses:
Blood pressure issues (high or low)
Small Intestine Meridian Addresses:
Abdominal issues or pain
Tinnitus / ear problems
Weakness in legs
Bladder Meridian Addresses:
Ankle pain / weakness
Back pain (general)
Fallen arches / flat feet
Headaches (at the front of the head)
Nervous system issues
Kidney Meridian Addresses:
Bone weakness/ issues
Back pain (lower back)
Ear issues / ear aches
Tooth / gum issues
Pericardium Meridian (aka Circulation - Sex Meridian) Addresses:
Sore breasts, nipples or buttocks
Triple Warmer Meridian Addresses:
Adrenal exhaustion or burn-out
Temperate issues (too hot, too cold)
Liver Meridian Addresses:
Low sperm count
Toenail problems (thick / yellow)
Gall Bladder Meridian Addresses:
Bitter taste in the mouth
Blood pressure (too high)
Hip pain or issues
Jaw pain (TMJ)
Leg pain (sides of legs)
One sided issues (including headaches)
Lung Meridian Addresses:
Shortness of breath
Large Intestine Meridian Addresses:
Governing Meridian Addresses:
Mental clarity issues
Brain related illnesses
Central (Conception) Meridian Addresses:
Diseases of the urogenital system
What is a Meridian Flow Wheel?
Each meridian usually has its own 'peak time', a two-hour slot when it's flow is particularly strong, or particularly weak. As Central meridian is a 'global' meridian affecting the whole person, it's peak time is generally at night, particularly around midnight. Governing meridian, the other 'global' meridian peaks in the day, particular around noon.
The energy in each meridian should be especially strong at its 'time of day'. If it's weak at that time, then it's clearly not getting the energetic juice it needs.
You can also diagnose what meridians may be blocked or unbalanced by seeing whether your symptoms show up at a particular time of day. For example, if the shooting pains in your legs tend to worsen between 3-5pm, that could be a key indication that the Bladder meridian in involved.