The Meridian System

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The Meridians are your energy transportation system!

What is CHI/Qi? Chi/Qi(pronounced Chee in Chinese) is a bioelectrical energy which flows through the body pathways called meridians. These meridians are designed to work together in order to maintain health and wellness. In Kinesiology we use only 14 meridians including the Conception vessel (DuMAI) and the governing vessel(Ren Mai).From those meridians ten govern life functions and are mostly named for organs that also have this function in the body:

  • Lung
  • Large Intestine
  • Stomach
  • Spleen
  • Heart
  • Small Intestine
  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Gall Bladder
  • Liver

two meridians are name after functions:

  • Circulation Sex (Pericardium) regulates the circulation of body fluids and associates with the reproductive organs
  • Triple Warmer (Triple heater) regulates heat in the the body cavities (respiration, assimilation and elimination) and associates with the thyroid, adrenals and thymus gland.

Energy Body Clock

According to the Chinese theory, energy throughout the acupuncture meridians travels in a circular pattern of energy. With twelve major meridians, each has a two-hour peak period when its energy is strongest and its absorption is the most active. Notice also the relationship between each meridian and the meridian at the opposite of the wheel. When a yin meridian is at its peak, the corresponding yang meridian is at its low!

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For example, the Heart meridian (yin) is at is peak from 11a.m. to 1p.m. At the contrary the Gallbladder meridian that is at the opposite of the wheel will be at its low point. From 11p.m to 1a.m the Gallbladder meridian will be at its peak while the Heart meridian will be at its low.

The body clock schedule of self-care!

This 24 hour body clock cycle is believed to help us know when to eat, rest, sleep, digest etc. It also acts as a way to communicate with a particular organ or meridian (energy channel) of the body.

11am- 1pm| is the time of the Heart which will work to pump nutrients around the body to help provide you with energy and nutrition. The heart is the ruler of all emotions.Signs that the Heart Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold feeling in the chest and limbs
  • Palpitations
  • Cold sweat
  • Restless sleep

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Erratic behavior
  • Jealousy and sorrow

1pm-3pm| is the time of the Small Intestine and is when food eaten earlier will complete its digestion and assimilation. Signs that the Small Intestine Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Malnutrition
  • Profuse sweating
  • One-sided headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Pain around the ear
  • Pain in the abdomen

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Indecision
  • Difficulty in expressing emotions
  • Inability to assimilate ideas and insecurity
  • Unclear thought process and judgment

3pm-5pm| is the time of the Bladder when metabolic wastes move into the kidney’s filtration system. Signs that the Bladder Meridian is out of balance include:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Headaches
  • Back problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Edema
  • Bloating and fluid retention

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Lack of emotional energy
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Resisting change
  • Jealousy
  • Negative attitude

5pm-7pm| is the time of the Kidney when the blood is filtered and the kidney work to maintain proper chemical balance. Signs that the Kidney Meridian is out of balance include:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Chest pain
  • Chronic dry cough
  • Asthma
  • Edema
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irregular menstruation

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Hysteria
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Loneliness and insecurity

7pm-9pm| is the time of Circulation Sex (Pericardium) when nutrients are carried to the capillaries and to each cell.This is the perfect time to have sex or conceive. Signs that Circulation Sex Meridian is out of balance include:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Heart pain
  • Palpitations
  • Inability to take a deep breath
  • Swelling of the armpit
  • Heavy feeling in the chest

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Sadness
  • Sorrow
  • Grief
  • Lack of concern
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Difficulty feeling and expressing emotions

9pm-11pm| is the time of Triple Heater/Triple Warmer or endocrine system where the body’s homeostasis is adjusted and enzymes are replenished. It is recommended to sleep at this time so the body can conserve energy for the following day. Signs that the Triple Heater/Triple Warmer Meridian is out of balance include:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Disorders of the side of the head
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Ears eyes and throat as well as
  • Eyes and throat
  • Diseases involving the regions through which the meridian runs

Emotional Imbalances:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Despair
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation and anxiety related to the fight-or-flight response

11pm-1am| is the time of the Gall Bladder and in order to wake feeling energized the body should be at rest. In Chinese medicine, this period of time is when yin energy fades ad yang energy begins to grow. Signs that the Gall Bladder Meridian is out of balance include:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Scant dark yellow urine
  • Jaundice

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Impatience
  • Despair
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness and insomnia

1am-3am| is the time of the Liver and a time when the body should be alseep. During this time, toxins are released from the body and fresh new blood is made. If you find yourself waking during this time, you could have too much yang energy or problems with your liver or detoxification pathways. Signs that the Liver Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Weak ligaments and tendons
  • Jaundice
  • Poor vision
  • Skin problems
  • Food sensitivities

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • No life vision
  • Lack of planning and direction

3am-5am| is the time of the Lung , this is the time where the body should be asleep. If woken at this time, nerve soothing exercises are recommended such as breathing exercises. The body should be kept warm at this time to help the lungs replenish the body with oxygen. Signs that the Lung Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Chest fullness
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Asthma
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath Shortness of breath

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Disappointment
  • Sadness
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Despair
  • Sorrow

5am-7am| is the time of the Large Intestine , it is a perfect time to have a bowel movement and remove toxins from the day before.Signs that the Large Intestine Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Intestinal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fever and sweating
  • Mucus and blood in the stool

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Discouragement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Emotions of fear

7am-9am| is the time of the Stomach so it is important to eat the biggest meal of the day here to optimize digestion and absorption. Warm meals that are high in nutrition are best in the morning.Signs that the Stomach Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Digestive and stomach problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Epigastric discomfort
  • Lack of appetite
  • Edema
  • Distention

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Skepticism
  • Poor confidence
  • Feelings of suspicion or mistrust

9am-11am| is the time of the Pancreas and Spleen, where enzymes are released to help digest food and release energy for the day ahead. This is the ideal time to exercise and work. Do your most taxing tasks of the day at this time. Signs that the Spleen Meridian is out of balance:
Physical Imbalances:

  • Digestive and stomach problems
  • Poor appetite
  • Bloating
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatique

Emotional Imbalances:

  • Poor concentration
  • Worry
  • Forgetfulness
  • Stubbornness
  • Strong concern about opinions of others

Kinesiology & The Acupuncture System

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By: Michel Bourgeois, Licensed Massage Therapist & Energy Kinesiologist in Santa Monica