Monday, December 13, 2010

MERIDIANS, RIVERS OF KI-ENERGY


Meridians and acupressure points are an invisible network of life. Meridians or channels are the pathways through which Ki-energy travels through the body. There are 365 primary acupressure points and 12 primary meridians in the human body. Acupressure points are like train stations where Ki-energy collects, and meridians are the tracks connecting these points. The 12 primary meridians or channels are Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Gall Bladder, and Liver. They travel bilaterally in the right and left sides of the body.

Disease is created because the flow of Ki-energy that travels through meridians and acupressure points is blocked somewhere. It is similar to a traffic jam when roads are inoperative. The acupressure points and the meridians are intergral parts of the entire body. Even the sole of foot is connected to every organ of the body.

As few as nine, to more than sixty acupressure points are distributed along a single meridian, but you don't have to memorize all of them. Understanding the general flow of a meridian is a great help to your practice. For example, when you have problems in the liver, simply tapping, massaging, applying pressure, or stroking along the liver meridian will be highly effective. If you practice long enough, you will sense electricity or a sense of pressure along the meridians, therefore without memorizing the positions of all of the acupressure points, you know where they are.


1) For difficulty breathing, asthma, and tightness in the chest

Lung Meridian

When the lungs, which assimilate air distribute oxygen to the five viscera weaken, the flow of the Lung Meridian is easily blocked. When there are problems in the Lung Meridian, the function of all respiratory organs(nose, throat, lungs ans bronchi) will be impaired as well. You may experience a hot face, dry mouth, stifling feeling in the chest, aching arms and legs, and sweaty palms. As the function of the lungs deteriorates, you may appear listless, and your skin may be dull. Under these conditions, applying pressure to the acupressure points along the Lung Meridian will facilitate the flow of energy and revitalize the organs.


2) When the white of the eye turns yellowish and the throat hurts

Large Intestine Meridian

With toothache, stuffy nose, nosebleed, sore throat, or if the whites of the eyes turn yellowish, there may be a problem with the Large Intestine Meridian. You may have pain along the shoulders and arms, especially to the index fingers. In this case, pressing on the Chun-chu acupressure points, located on both sides of the navel, and the Dae-jang-yu acupressure points, behind the upper part of the pelvis, will be very sensitive. This signals dysfunction in the Large Intestine Meridian. In this case, give a finger pressure treatment along the flow of the Large Intestine Meridian. With your index finger pointed upward, stimulate to the wrist following the line of the index finger. Then follow up to the depressed point of the shoulders and lightly stimulate an area next to the airway on both sides.



3) For sores around the mouth, tension in the jaws, headache in the area of the eyes and sinuses or for pain in the abdominal region or the lateral aspect of the lower limbs

Stomach Meridian

Problems in the Stomach Meridian result in headache with sever pain, particulary in the forehead, around the eyes, and in the back of the head. Other symptoms include stuffy nose and occasional nosebleeds. There may also be sores around the mouth, sore throat, stomach cramps, and heavy and achy feeling in the legs from the thigh to the knee. Complexion and skin tone may become lusterless and dull. Lips may be dry, and articulation may be poor. In this case, the Jok-sam-ri tapping or toe tapping is beneficial.Also, relax and lightly tap along the Stomach Meridian from the side of the head, front of the ear, and the cheek in a straight line.


4) For nausea and frequent belching

Spleen Meridian

The spleen is mainly responsible for digestion. When the spleen functions harmoniously, digestion is good and there is abundant Ki-energy and blood in the body. However, when the spleen is out of balance, you may experience a lack of Ki-energy or insufficient blood in some or all parts of your body. You may have poor digestion that will lead to stomachache, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

When the spleen is lethargic, your tongu may stiffen and you may feel pain and heaviness above the stomach. You may also feel nauseated and burp often. You may experience indigestion, frequent constipation, cold legs, and stiffness in the knees. Woman may experience abnormal periods, occasional irregular uterine bleeding and insomnia. For these symptoms, it is beneficial to stimulate the Yong-chun acupressures daily, and press the Spleen Meridian inside of the foot and the leg with your thumb.


5) For pain when pressing below the solar plexus, above the chest or upper part of the arm

Heart Meridian
The Heart Meridian governs functioning of the heart and regulates brain function. Bloodshot eyes, a dry throat and insomnia are indications of problems with the heart. It may be painful under the solar plexus and there may be acute pain in the arms and little fingers. Those who have problems in the Heart Meridian usually have a flushed face. They generally have strong pulsation in the side of the head, the neck, wrists, top of the foot and stomach. They may find it difficult to control their emotions and get easily fatigued. Under these condition, if you press below the solar plexus and inside of the shoulder blades, you will feel pain and may find swelling or lumps on palpation. For these symptoms, tap the depression between the breasts with your fingertips or fist and the Heart Meridian, from the armpit, down the arm to the little finger.


6) If the whites of the eye turns yellowish, hearing becomes dull, or with urinary difficulties
Small Intestine Meridian
The small Intestine Meridian regulates functioning of the small intestine which is in charge of the absorption of nutrients. The small intestine acts as a filter between pure and stale energy, receiving food from the stomach and absorbing energy from the food following the digestive processes. During this process, pure energy transfers to the spleen and stale energy to the large intestine. Some fluids with stail energy go directly to the kidneys and bladder.
When you have problems with the small intestine, the whites of the eye become yellow and hearing becomes less acute. The cheeks may swell and the throat may be sore. The head can feel heavy and the arms ache or feel chilled. For these symptoms, apply finger pressure, with the top of the hands upward, on the area corresponding to the Small Intestine Meridian between the wrist and the root of the little finger, and on up the back of the arm.


7) The secret of youth is in the Urinary Bladder Meridian
Urinary Bladder Meridian
Problems with the Urinary Bladder Meridian include pain and tension in the occipital and neck area, fever and chills, nasal congestion, eye disease, low back pain, cramps in the backs of the legs and urinary difficulties. This meridian also affects reproductive functioning. Acupressure points along the sides of the spine are extremely important body relax points that quickly signal problems arising in the internal organs. For menopausal symptoms or problems in the reproductive organs, regulate the Urinary Bladder Meridian. Stretch the legs forward and alternately shake each leg in a flop, or bend your upper body forward to activate the Urinary Bladder Meridian.


8) When the Kidney Meridian weakens, so does the lower back and knees.
Kidney Meridian
The first sign of weakening of the Kidney Meridian is pain or weakness in the back and knees. Other symptoms are dark and rough complexion, dry mouth, swollen throat, and shortness of breath. There may be loss of appetite, weakness and frequent diarrhea. In addition, the kidney is important in regulating reproductive function and urination. A simple but effective way to activate the Kidney Meridian is to hit or apply pressure to the Yong-chun points, located on the sole of the foot, with your fist or thumb. Intestine exercise is effective as well. With the lower back straight and both hands on your lower abdomen, inhale deeply and gently push your stomach out. As you exhale, pull your stomach in and imagine that it touches the spine.



9) The Pericardium Meridian must be strong for the heart to be healthy.
Pericardium Meridian
You will not find an organ called Pericardium anatomically; the pericardium is a mass of energy that wraps the heart like a scarf, thus it is often called the "heart protector." There are many symptoms commom to the Heart Meridian and the Pericardium Meridian such as mental restlessness, palpitations, a flushed face, swelling or tightness in the chest and a heat sensation in the palms. For these symptoms, lightly tap the Pericardium Meridian that flows from chest, through the middle of the inside of the arms, to the inside of the middle finger.
10) Without being an independent organ, it governs the whole body.

Triple Burner Meridian
The meridian that has no shape is associated with the membrane that covers the internal organs and protects them. The upper burner, running from below the neck to below the diaphragm, the middle burner that includes the area from the diaphragm to the navel and the lower burner, running from the navel to the groin area constitute The Triple Burner. Disorder in the Triple Burner Meridian manifests as pain along the lines of ear, eye, face, jaw, neck, shoulder, arm, top of the hand and the fourth finger. A breathing method that revives the triple burner, a source of the body's energy supply, is Myung-Moon breathing. Place both hands on your Dahn-jon and breathe while focusing on the Myung-moon point in the lower back, opposite the navel.

11) Stimulate the Gall Bladder Meridian to relieve migraine headache
Gall Bladder Meridian
The Gall Bladder Meridian encircles a large area, from the head to the feet on both sides of the body. When you suffer from temporal headaches, migraines, or have problems in the areas of the face, ear, skin, armpits, knees, and outer legs and feet, taking good care of the Gall Bladder Meridian is very sffective. Problems in the liver or the gall bladder can cause a bluish look in the whites of the eye, low energy with a feeble voice, or a high-pitched voice. For these symptoms practice Meridian exercise that stimulate the Gall Bladder Meridian flowing through the sides of the body from the outer eye to the ear, from the temple area over the top of the head to the top of the shoulder, and from the sides down to the buttocks, outer thigh, and down the leg to the fourth toes.



12) When the Liver Meridian is strong, increased stamina results
Lver Meridian
Problems with liver function can have wide-ranging effects both physically and emotionally. Symptoms may include dull complexion, dry throat, nausea and a feeling of heaviness in the chest or coastal area, anger, red painful eyes and face and a loud voice. Other symptoms include frequent diarrheas, fever and chills. Woman particularly, may experience pain in the lower back and cramping in the groin area. Since the Liver Meridian connectsdirectly to the reproductive organs in both men and women, it will be effective to use for problems related to the reproductive organs. The Liver Meridian flows from the big toe, up the foot and through the middle of the inside of each leg. With your legs stretched out, tap along the inside edge of the top of your foot, and move up to the inside of the thigh. It is also effective to tap your toe tips together while in a sitting position with your hands on your Dahn-jon.

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