Meridians 101

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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: 

  • Lung Meridian

  • Large Intestine Meridian

  • Stomach Meridian

  • Spleen Meridian

  • Heart Meridian

  • Small Intestine Meridian

  • Bladder Meridian

  • Kidney Meridian

  • Pericardium Meridian

  • Triple Heater (San Jiao) Meridian

  • Gallbladder Meridian

  • Liver Meridian

  • Governing Meridian

  • Central 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: 

Acid indigestion/reflux

Allergies

Bags under the eyes

Bloating and gas

Digestion issues

Hunger

Lip and mouth sores

Neck pain

Nervous tension

Ovary issues

Sinusitis

Sore throat

Stomach aches

Stomach ulcers

Tender breasts

Weight problems

Spleen Meridian Addresses:

Allergies

Anemia

Anything to do with the blood

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Cysts

Diabetes

Edema (swelling)

Fertility / pregnancy isues

Hypoglycemia

Immunodeficiency issues

Infections

Lymph nodes

Varicose veins

Weakness

Weight issues

Heart Meridian Addresses:

Angina

Arteries

Bleeding gums

Blood pressure issues (high or low)

Chest pains

Circulation issues

Dizziness

Eczema

Heart issues

Sleep issues

Swollen glands

Small Intestine Meridian Addresses: 

Abdominal issues or pain

Beer bellies

Knee pain

Shoulder pain

Tinnitus / ear problems

Weakness in legs

Bladder Meridian Addresses:

Ankle pain / weakness

Arthritis

Baldness

Back pain (general)

Calf pain

Elbow issues

Fallen arches / flat feet

Headaches (at the front of the head)

Joint pain

Nervous system issues

Osteoporosis

Sciatica

Scoliosis

Brain issues

Kidney Meridian Addresses:

Acne

Bone weakness/ issues

Back pain (lower back)

Ear issues / ear aches

Edma

Eyesight

Infertility/impotence

Low libido

Prostate issues

Swollen ankles

Tooth / gum issues

Pericardium Meridian (aka Circulation - Sex Meridian) Addresses:

Hormone issues

Impotence

Prostate issues

Sacrum issues

Sexual issues

Sore breasts, nipples or buttocks

Triple Warmer Meridian Addresses:

Adrenal exhaustion or burn-out

Allergies

Asthma

Diabetes

Fever

Hives

Hormonal issues

Hypoglycemia

Menopause

Mood swings

PMS issues

Temperate issues (too hot, too cold)

Weight issues

Liver Meridian Addresses:

Blurry vision

Candida

Eye infections/diseases

Fungal diseases

Hepatitis

Hypertension

Jaundice

Low sperm count

Menopause

PMS issues

Toenail problems (thick / yellow)

Toxicity

Gall Bladder Meridian Addresses: 

Arthritis

Bitter taste in the mouth

Blood pressure (too high)

Gallstones

Hip pain or issues

Jaw pain (TMJ)

Leg pain (sides of legs)

Migraine headaches

One sided issues (including headaches)

Shingles

Teeth grinding

Lung Meridian Addresses:

Bronchitis

Chest infections

Colds

Coughs

Flu

Pleurisy

Pneumonia

Shortness of breath

Respiratory issues

Skin issues

Tuberculosis

Large Intestine Meridian Addresses:

Colic pain

Colonic issues

Constipation; Haemorrhoids

Diarrhea

Herpes

Hip problems

Mineral deficiency

Nose issues

Toothache

Governing Meridian Addresses:

Spinal problems

Mental clarity issues

Mental disorders

Fever 

Nose issues

Headaches

Brain related illnesses

Central (Conception) Meridian Addresses:

Diseases of the urogenital system

Hernia

Cough

Breathing difficulties

Breast problems

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.

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