Meridians and energy

The Subtle Body Cyndi Dale

Extensive research has verified that the meridians are transporters of chemical, electrical, and etheric energies. Just as the meridians are energetic in nature, so are they physical in nature and in influence. Just as we are physical, so are we energetic.

Our energetic bodies

Our energetic bodies need a constant supply of vital energy to maintain good health and we get this from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the blood running through our veins, our thoughts, feelings and emotions…yes, all of them!

Qi, Ki, Prana, Universal energy

This energy is known by many names…In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) it is known as Qi/Chi, Ki in Japan, Prana in India or Universal energy…to name but a few.  Not to confuse things, I’ll refer to this wonderful energy as Qi. This invisible energy runs along a network of meridians, or invisible energy channels, and vibrates at a higher rate than our physical body.

Just like arteries, meridians can become clogged, and if left untreated can become fully blocked, affecting the organs connected to them and ultimately the whole body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Qi is made up of two opposing, yet complementary natural forces that cannot separate or exist without each other; yin (female, passive) and yang (male, active).

When both yin and yang are in balance our internal systems chug along healthily, but if one force is stronger or weaker than the other this creates an imbalance, which can then manifest into a physical illness. Below are some issues that could present themselves due to excess or deficient yin or yang according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TDM).

YIN EXCESSYANG EXCESS
Sudden painDull aches and pains
InflammationChills
SpasmsFluid retention
HeadachesDischarges
High blood pressureTension
YIN DEFICIENCYYANG DEFICIENCY
Dryness in mouth or throatLow energy
Dry skinPale skin
Night sweatsCoated tongue
TinnitusFeeling cold
DizzinessPoor digestion
ExhaustionLow libido
InsomniaPoor circulation

Causes of low Qi energy

Poor Qi energy health, or imbalances, can develop in various ways. It can begin as a result of stress or trauma, having persistent negative thoughts and emotions (energy is affected by thoughts and feelings, both good and bad) addictions, lack of exercise or by simply being around negative people who leave you feeling drained and exhausted.

Help yourself, help your Qi

Reiki, acupuncture, qigong and yoga are some modalities that can help to clear energy channels and dissolve blockages, gently and naturally. Also, if you protect your energy, ground and energetically cleanse yourself regularly, you’ll be less prone to stagnant energy problems.

Protect your energy

You can protect your energy by imagining a beautiful white light shield all around you, above and below you. State that nothing may pass this shield but love, light and energy of the highest vibration. This is a nice and easy, but effective way, to block and stop your energy being affected by any outside negative sources.

Ground yourself

Ground yourself. Balancing the energy of your mind with the energy in your body, helps you to be in the present moment, so no matter what is going on around you’ll be balanced and unaffected by negative energies.

Remove negative energy

I find it’s always beneficial and a lovely little pick-me-up to have a good energetic cleansing.

Try this method, you can do it as often as you like…..When you’re having a shower imagine the water cascading down is a brilliant white light which surrounds your body and enters your Crown Chakra, at the very top of your head. 

Then visualise any toxic energy being pushed through your body by this powerful white light and out of each Foot Chakra as a grey sludge until you sense white light emerge.

The running water grounds the electromagnetic properties of the energy body and helps restore balance.

Meridians

Now for the bumph…and there’s a lot on Meridians, I’m just covering the basics here.

Meridian pathways and channels

There are 12 major meridian pathways and 8 extraordinary channels, including the Conception vessel and the Governor vessel and 15 collateral channels. I will just cover the main 12 meridians here.

The 12 major meridians create pairs with one meridian flowing up (yin) and one flowing down (yang) and these work together to carry out specific functions to support the body as a whole. The 8 extraordinary channels connect the 12 major meridians.

Meridian flow

Stomach meridian
(yang)
flows to Spleen meridian
(yin)
Heart meridian
(yin)
flows toSmall intestine meridian
(yang)
Bladder meridian
(yang)
flows toKidney meridian
(yin)
Pericardium meridian
(yin)
flows toTriple Burner meridian
(yang)
Gallbladder
(yang)
flows toLiver meridian
(yin)
Lung meridian
(yin)
flows to Large intestine meridian
(yang)

The main Meridian channels

The Meridian clock

The Meridian Clock also known as the Meridian Flow Wheel or Horary Clock follows a daily cycle. During the 24 hours of the day, the flow of Ki peaks in every organ for the same two-hour period. The graphic below shows the time of the day each related body part has its peak energy time. During peak times energy flow increases and the healing of organs in that area is naturally enhanced. If you have a problem or weakness in an area, for example, if you have bladder issues, you might wake up around 1 am to 3 am, the time when liver meridian energy peaks in that organ.

Meridian Clock

Meridian characteristics

Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine
Bladder Kidney Pericardium Triple Burner/
Warmer/Energiser
Gallbladder Liver Lung Large Intestine

 Stomach Meridian (yang) 7am – 9am

Element Earth

Balanced

Loving, open and caring.

Physical Imbalances

Digestive and stomach problems, abdominal pain, abdominal distension, fluid retention, vomiting, sore throat, facial paralysis, nose bleeds, gum problems, toothache.

Emotional Imbalances

A lack of confidence, anxiety, worry, inability to trust.

Spleen Meridian (yin) 9am to 11am

Element Earth

Balanced

Fairness, openness, profound thought, self-esteem.

Physical Imbalances

Problems of the spleen and pancreas, abdominal distension, jaundice, general weakness and sluggishness, tongue problems, vomiting, pain and swellings along the course of the meridian.

Emotional Imbalances

Digestive and stomach problems.

Heart Meridian (yin) 11am to 1pm

Element Fire

Balanced

Peaceful, emotionally balanced, loving, optimistic, spiritual growth. Conscience. Wisdom. Control of thoughts.

Physical Imbalances

Heart problems, dryness of the throat, jaundice, pain along the course of the meridian

Emotional Imbalances

Sadness, depression, fear, anxiety, erratic behaviour, craving love, jealousy and hysteria.

Small Intestine Meridian (yang) 1pm to 3pm

Element Fire

Balanced

Ability to express love and joy. Vitality. Clarity of thought.

Physical Imbalances

Pain in the lower abdomen, sore throat, swelling or paralysis of face, deafness.

Emotional Imbalances

Brain fog, insecurity, forgetfulness, indecision, difficulty in expressing emotions.

Bladder Meridian (yang) 3pm to 5pm

Element Water

Balanced

Forward looking, hopeful, calm and peaceful.

Physical Imbalances

Bladder problems, headache, eye diseases, neck and back problems, pain along the back of the leg

Emotional Imbalances

Lack of energy, feeling fearful, resisting change, inflexibility.

Kidney Meridian (yin) 5pm to 7pm

Element Water

Balanced

Clear perception, gentleness and self-understanding, wisdom and rationality.

Physical Imbalances

Kidney problems, lung problems, dry tongue, lumbago, water retention, constipation, diarrhoea.

Emotional Imbalances

Depression, fear, feeling alone and separate from others, insecurity, hysteria.

Pericardium Meridian (yin) 7pm to 9pm

Element Fire

Balanced

Healthy relationships, happy and joyful.

Physical Imbalances

Poor circulation, angina, palpitation, diseases of the sexual glands and organs, irritability, pain along the course of the meridian.

Emotional Imbalances

Difficulty in expressing emotions and feelings, depression, phobias.

Triple Burner/Warmer Meridian (yang) 9pm to 11pm

Element Fire

Balanced

Kind hearted, stable mind and joyful.

Physical Imbalances

Diseases of the thyroid and adrenal glands, chills and fever, ear problems, sore throat, abdominal distension, water retention, swelling of cheek, pain along the channel.

Emotional Imbalances

Suspicion, anxiety depression, inability to release negative thoughts.

Gallbladder Meridian (yang) 11pm to 1am

Element Wood

Balanced

Good decision making, good judgement. Good sleeping patterns. Creative and courageous.

Physical Imbalances

Gall bladder problems, ear diseases, migraine, hip problems, dizziness, pain along the meridian

Emotional Imbalances

Indecisive, easily discouraged, resentful, timidity.

Liver Meridian (yin) 1am to 3am

Element Wood

Balanced

Generous, kind and compassionate.

Physical Imbalances

Liver problems, lumbago, vomiting, hernia, urination problems, pain in the lower abdomen and along the course of the meridian.

Emotional Imbalances

Lack of drive and ambition. No creativity. Feelings of frustration. Irritable and angry.

Lung Meridian (yin) 3am to 5am

Element Metal

Balanced

High self-esteem, dignity and integrity.

Physical Imbalances

Respiratory diseases, sore throat, cough, common cold, pain in the shoulder and along the meridian

Emotional Imbalances

Excessive pride, narrow mindedness, judgement, intolerance and inability to accept others or their opinions or behaviours. Feeling grief.

Large Intestine Meridian (yang) 5am to 7am

Element Metal

Physical Imbalances

Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, sore throat, toothache in the lower gum, nasal discharge and bleeding, pain along the course of the meridian

Emotional Imbalances

Sadness, grief and worry. Introversion, depression, apathy and low self-esteem.

So, there you have it, my explanation on the basics of the Meridian system. I hope you enjoyed it.

With love and light,