Healing the meridians is based on the concept that an insufficient supply of ki, chi or life force makes a person vulnerable to disease.
Ki flows continuously from one meridian to another and any break in the flow is an indication of imbalance.
If a person's vitality or energy is recognizably diminished it is an indication that the body's organs or tissues are functioning poorly, therefore the Ki flow is inadequate.
In my "Human Energy Body Course" the 12 major energy channels are explained and discussed in depth as well as how to unblock energy to balance the flow of Ki.
The twelve major meridians correspond to specific human organs: kidneys, liver, spleen, hearth, lungs, pericardium, bladder, gall bladder, stomach, small and large intestines, and the triple burner (body temperature regulator).
The information given below is not a guide to the meridians, it should also not be relied upon as an exclusive source for diagnosis (a qualified medical practitioner must always be approached for any diagnosis).
The lungs govern respiration and Ki intake. Deficient lung Ki leaves the body open to viral or bacterial infections such as colds and flu. Coughing and congestive diseases are due to Rebellious Ki - Ki which is flowing upwards, rather than downwards to the kidneys.
Other problems associated with the lungs include:
Your lungs are connected with emotional sensitivity too as they relate to our ability to cope with grieving, to how isolated from or connected with the world around us we feel. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The large intestine extracts water from waste material passed on to it by the small intestine before excreting it as solid matter. All abdominal pains are connected with this organ and meridian (which can be a symptom of blocked Ki).
Any problems of holding on or letting go in life also relate to the large intestine. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The spleen governs several different bodily processes:
Some of the problems which can be related to an imbalanced spleen or Spleen Meridian:
Deficient spleen Ki can cause a muzzy feeling in the head, or a scatterbrained mentality. Properly balanced spleen Ki is believed to ensure a long, healthy and happy life. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The stomach is responsible for digesting food, extracting Ki from the food and passing it on to the spleen and the intestines. All digestive problems can be traced back to the stomach. On an emotional level this organ is concerned with worry, with nervousness (feeling of butterfly's in the stomach), and also with acceptance (either being able or not able to "stomach" someone or something). For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
Your heart pumps blood around your body, and any imbalance or blockage here can show up in a number of ways:
The heart is related to feeling joy. It also regulates a form of Ki called Shen (this does not translate easily into English it means "Ki" which is energy, "brain" and "spirit" all at once). Imbalanced Shen can cause psychological problems. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The small intestine extracts nourishment and Ki from digested food, which it receives from the stomach, and distributes it through the body. It then passes waste material on to the large intestine.
Problems associated with the small intestine include:
Production of bone marrow and blood are both controlled by the kidneys. The kidneys also regulate growth and the development of the reproductive functions (because they store sexual energy). They also play a part in regulating the body's Yin/Yang balance.
Kidney problems include:
Emotionally, the kidneys are related to willpower and determination, and the ability to cope with life. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The bladder is responsible for excreting liquid waste from the body.
Problems associated with it include:
On an emotional level, the bladder relates literally to feeling "pissed off". Blocked bladder Ki can also relate to an inability to express emotions (emotional problems are a major cause of bed wetting in children). For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The pericardium is a muscular, fluid-filled sac which surrounds, lubricates and protects the heart. It also draws off excess energy from the heart and dissipates it from the body through an energy point in the palm of the hand. This is an important point to remember, as concentrating energy in your heart centre then directing it out through the hands is a fundamental technique in most forms of energy healing and vibrational medicine. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
This is certainly the least familiar and most difficult concept in Chinese Medicine for Westerners to understand. San Jiao (Triple Heater) is a Chinese description of a metabolism rather than any particular organ: it is a system which coordinates and controls the body's heat/moisture balance, and has "...a name, but no form...".
Each of the three Warmers relates to a different area of the body:
Because the Triple Warmer covers such a wide range of organs, a wide range of disorders are associated with it which includes:
I believe it is fair to say that the triple Warmer will be involved with any problem associated with any other organ. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
The liver is a major organ for storing Ki and regulating its' flow throughout the body. It also governs menstruation and the female sexual cycle and ensures the flexibility of ligaments and tendons.
Physical problems associated with the liver include:
There are a range of emotional problems which can be caused by imbalanced or blocked Liver Ki for example:
As its' name suggests, the gall bladder stores and excretes bile (also known as "gall") which is produced by the liver.
Problems with this organ include:
These act as reservoirs of Ki for the Major Meridians, and help it to circulate through the body. They also regulate the cycle of complete change which our body undergoes every seven years.
For most general healing purposes including Reiki Healing, you need to know about only three (all of which are used in exercises to help you learn how to circulate Ki), although there are eight in total (the last five are rarely used or encountered, even in the most advanced healing and esoteric work).
Starting at the coccyx, this meridian runs up the spine and terminates at the mouth's upper palate, just behind the teeth. It is the main channel for Defensive Ki, and controls all of the Yang meridians.
This meridian governs all Yin meridians. It starts at the tip of the tongue and runs down the front of the body to the centre of the perineum.
This meridian governs our sense of horizontal balance. It runs in a ring around the body, on a plane roughly parallel with the navel and the kidneys. For more information go to "The Human Energy Body Course"
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