As a Kinesiologist I look at all aspects of a person – physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual, to identify imbalances in the body. This means I work extensively with meridians and energies.
The meridian system, also known as the acupuncture system, has its basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on a set of interventions designed to restore balance to human beings. What is referred to as illness by Western medicine is considered to be a matter of disharmony or imbalance in TCM.
People come to me for a variety of reasons – with chronic pain, issues like IBS or even emotional illness, but people also come to see me without adverse symptoms. This is to keep their body in balance and free of energy blockages in order to prevent a physical manifestation of the blockage.
We have 12 meridians that are named according to their corresponding organs (stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidneys, triple warmer, lung, large intestine, bladder, liver and gall bladder) and two additional meridians known as governing vessel and central vessel. If you are experiencing some digestive problems it is likely your stomach meridian has an energy blockage!
So what are meridians?
Meridians carry energy throughout the body much in the same way arteries carry blood. Energy is our life force. Energies flow through these meridians accessing all parts of the body and are responsible for all the body’s major organ systems.
If the energy flowing through is imbalanced in any way, the system it fuels is jeopardized and this may result in disease. This is why it is so important to remove any blockages and make sure that the energies flow freely in our body.
We can think of the meridian system as a giant web, linking different parts of our body together.
The meridians main functions:
– to connect the internal organs with the exterior of the body
– connect the person to the environment and the universe
– to harmonize the yin and yang principles within the body’s organs and Five Elements;
– to distribute qi (pronounced chee) within the body
You may have heard of yin, yang and qi, but perhaps you don’t understand that they are.
One of the objectives of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to keep yin and yang in harmonious balance within a person.
Yin: Often symbolized by water or earth, the yin is associated with femininity, darkness, passivity, receptiveness and the night; while Yang: Often symbolized by fire or air, the yang is associated with masculinity, light, activeness and the day. Both forces are equally necessary in nature and in human well-being, and neither force can exist without the other.
Taoist teachers also believed that there is a third force, primordial energy or qi (also spelled chi or ki). The interplay between yin, yang, and qi gave rise to the Five Elements of water, metal, earth, wood, and fire. These entities are all reflected in the structure and functioning of the human body.
The energy flow in our 12 meridians follows a specific time schedule with qi being more prevalent in different meridians at different times of the day. For example, the active time for the Liver Meridian is 1am – 3am so if you are waking up at this time every morning it is your liver telling you that it needs looking at!
This could be on a physical level and you may be need to be detoxing or it could even be on an emotional level showing that you may need to deal with anger in your life – as one of emotions associated with the Liver Meridian emotion is anger.
One important difference between the development of medicine in China and in the West a doctor might be interested in body weight, height and symptoms, the Chinese medicine practitioner looks at a patient holistically. Treatment will work to correct imbalances and disharmonies in the flow of qi.
Our bodies communicate with us and guide us to the root of the problem, but too often we don’t know how to listen or don’t understand what they are saying. My advice is that your body has the answer.
If you would like to find out how I can help you, or want to know more about meridians and energies please get in touch on Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net