The meridian system
allows us to understand why many disease symptoms appear in certain body
parts when the originating cause is a weak or inflamed organ in another
location. The previous diagrams show only the surface courses of the
meridians; inside the body each one is connected to its associated
organ. In this way the deranged energy pattern of an organ is easily
transmitted to other body parts along the course of the meridian.
Diseases of the ear,
migraine and hip problems can now be seen energy-wise to be associated
with the gall-bladder. Arthritis of the hip, therefore, is often a
gall-bladder problem, while arthritis of the shoulders may have its
cause in the intestines. Gout, affecting the big toes, stems from the
liver, while swollen ankles are related to the kidneys.
each organ-meridian system has a two-hour period of maximum activity,
and a period of minimum activity 12 hours later. An inflamed organ is
often more painful during its active period, while a weak system should
not be stressed during low periods.
books you may find different names for two of the meridians. The
circulation meridian is also called the pericardium meridian, while the
gland meridian may be called the triple-warmer meridian.
diagnosis is the expert Chinese way of determining the energy balance of
the meridians, you may often be able to judge by the kind of diseases or
symptoms present. Generally, overacidity, pain and inflammation along
the course of a meridian or in its target organ calls for sedation,
while coldness and weakness calls for stimulation.
to Chinese teachings, some interesting
characteristics are associated with the meridians
of the kidneys and liver. Weak kidney meridians
are indicated by a lack of will and sexual
impulse, and furthermore by negativity, unease,
timidity and impatience. In the case of an
overactive kidney meridian, on the other hand, the
energy level is abnormally high and you cannot
liver is similar. A weak meridian shows itself in
dizziness, a clumsy walk, easily tiring eyes and a
short temper. An overactive liver meridian causes
excessive excitability, crying moods and a
compulsion to continue working.
to Chinese traditions, the main organs and their
meridians are also associated with different
emotions. An excessive amount of these emotions
can damage the associated organs, while a disease
of these organs may, in time, lead to excessive
displays of these emotions.
anger is associated with the liver; excessive
laughter and gayness, but also fright, with the
heart; worry and emotional tension with the spleen
and pancreas; grief, sorrow and negativity with
the lungs; and fear and timidity with weak