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The Meridians

Heart Meridian

The heart channel begins with two internal pathways starting at the heart, one runs down to the diaphragm and small intestine, and the other runs up to the throat and eye. The primary pathway starts at the armpit and travels down the midline of the upper arm until it reaches the inner point located in between the pinkie and ring finger. Find the heart shenmen point at the crease of the wrist. Press gently on the point, to calm the mind and nourish your heart. It can help with insomnia and anxiety. The organ of the heart controls the circulation and distribution of blood. Poor heart chi manifests as extreme emotions, which in turn suppresses the immune system and the ability to communicate clearly.

Large Intestine Meridian

The large intestine channel begins at the radial tip of the index finger and travels down the finger and between the thumb and index finger. You can find the acupuncture point Hegu there. Press gently on this point in the case of headaches, toothaches, and menstrual pain… The large intestine organ is responsible for the transformation of digestive waste. Poor large intestine chi manifests as digestive issues.

Small Intestine Meridian

The small intestine channel begins on the outer edge of the pinkie finger, crosses the edge of the palm, and travels up to the elbow. It climbs up your arm to the upper back down to the throat and back up to the front of the ear. Find the point Houxi located at the end of the transverse crease and the junction of the red and white skin. It can help to free some neck pain by applying gentle pressure on the point. The small intestine organ refines digested food. Poor chi in the small intestine manifests

Lung Meridian

The lung meridian internal pathway begins in the middle of the body cavity. It runs downward to connect to the large intestine, goes back up, and passes through the diaphragm, lungs, and throat, emerging on the chest under the clavicle. Find the points of Zhongfu and Yunmen that help in the case of lung congestion, breathing trouble, asthma cough, and excess grief. The meridian then runs down from the clavicle to the thumb. The Lungs are responsible for cellular respiration, and the quality of the blood. Poor lung chi manifests in respiratory problems.

Liver Meridian

The liver meridian begins on the inner side of the big toe traveling up to the ankle and then ascending the leg (inner side of the leg). From here it encircles the genitals and then rises to the abdomen. This meridian also connects to the gallbladder and the lungs. You can find the liver 3 points located between the big toe and the second toe. Slide your finger along the space between the first and second toe to the tip of the joint. This point can address issues like headache, dizziness, and facial paralysis. The liver’s function corresponds to filtering the blood that comes from the digestive tract. It also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs.

Gall Bladder Meridian

The gallbladder meridian begins at the outer corner of the eye and travels to the front of the ear. It zig-zags the head, then descends to the trapezius muscle, and then down the lateral side of the torso. Find the point Zulinqi (GB41) by sliding your finger between the fourth and fifth toes, crossing over the tendon, and dropping into the hollow space between these bones. This point helps to release anger and frustration. The gallbladder is a reservoir for the bile created by the liver when it’s not being used. The bile helps to break down the food in the intestine.

Spleen Meridian

The spleen meridian starts at the medial corner of the big toenail and travels along the medial aspect of the foot to the ankle bone, going up the medial aspect of the leg to the groin. The meridian then internalizes into the spleen and stomach, goes up through the chest, and ends just beneath the armpit. In the case of weak digestion, and loose stools, find the point Sanyinjiao, which is four fingers above the inner ankle behind the posterior edge of the tibia. Pressing this point is helpful when feeling weighed down due to digestive disturbance. The spleen organ is responsible for the extraction of nutrients. Poor spleen chi manifests in weak limbs, muscular atrophy, and moodiness.

Kidney Meridian

The kidney meridian starts at the base of the foot and travels along the arch of the foot to the heel, circulates around the malleolus bone, and then travels up to the inner knee and to the groins. It then travels internally to the kidney, the bladder, the liver, diaphragm, and lungs. The primary pathway ascends the abdomen close to the midline all the way to the clavicle. Find the point Taixi, midway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the attachment of the Achilles tendon. Great for asthma, emphysema, and ear issues. The kidneys are the filters of our body’s blood. Removing toxins, wastes, and extra water from the bloo and hormones in the bloodstream.

Bladder Meridian

The bladder meridian runs down alongside the spine and onwards down the back of the leg, passing behind the knee, traveling down to the heel, and finishing on the outer edge of the pinky toe. The points Bach Shu are a multitude of points you can find approximately 4cm from the midline of the spine. You can use a tennis ball and lay on top to feel these points, as it’s not accessible by hand for many of us. These points are connected to a variety of organs, therefore just applying pressure alongside these points can create a feeling of overall relief. The role of the bladder is to collect and store the urine made from the kidneys.

Stomach Meridian

The stomach meridian starts on the upper cheek and descends beneath the cheekbone, curves around the mouth, and travels down to the middle of the clavicle. It then runs down the midline to the lower abdomen and the lateral side of the leg to the lateral tip of the second toe. Find the point Zusanli, located at the lateral outside side of the leg. Measure 4 finger widths below the kneecap and 1 finger width out lateral from the crest of the tibia. This point supports the stomach and digestive functions, great for stomach pain or digestive difficulties. The stomach manages bulk foods and fluids. Poor stomach chi manifests as bloating, loss of appetite, and lethargy.

Pericardium Meridian

The pericardium meridian can be translated into the “heart protector” meridian. It starts on the chest near the nipple and descends through the inner arm to the elbow crease, carrying on its descent all the way to the outer edge of the middle finger. Find the point Nei guan at the inner aspect of the hand, a fourfinger space above the wrist. This point is commonly used to help relieve nausea, upset stomach, and headache. The pericardium protects the heart from emotional trauma and constricts the chest to protect the Heart. It regulates circulation in the major blood vessels running in and out of the heart.

The Triple Burner Meridian (San Jiao)

The san jiao meridian starts at the ring finger and travels along the back of the hand to the center of the wrist crease, goes up the arm to the elbow then ascends to the upper arm and the shoulder. An internal pathway enters the chest and goes through the diaphragm. From there it travels down through the triple burner. The primary pathway continues from the neck to the ear and ends at the outer side of the eye. Find the point Wai guan, four fingers above the wrist following the midline. Press gently on this point to relieve fever, chills, and sweating. The main function of the triple burner is to separate food and drink waste with the reabsorption of useful fluids and eliminate the rest of the bladder.

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