You can work on a
meridian by holding its strengthening/sedating acupuncture points (pp. 120 - 123), working
its neurolymphatics (pp. 84 - 85), or holding its neurovasculars (pg. 274). Tapping on a
meridians endpoints (pg. 313) pulses energy through it and balances it.
Instructions for holding strengthening points are found on page 118.
Adapt the instructions for holding triple warmer sedating points (pg. 236) by substituting
the sedating points for the meridian you want to sedate using the illustrations on pp. 120
A good starting point for determining the state of meridians is to test
the alarm points (pg. 113). How do you decide where to start when many meridians test
weak? Chart the meridians that test weak on the Rhythms of the Seasons Wheel (pg. 210).
The meridians on the outside of the circle (small intestine, triple warmer, stomach, large
intestine, bladder, gall bladder) are the Yang meridians, whereas those inside the circle
(heart, circulation sex, spleen, lungs, kidneys, liver) are Yin. Working on the Yin always
supports the Yang so work on the imbalanced Yin first and the others often self-correct.
Retest the alarm points after using correction techniques to see what remains to be worked
If you cant get energy on a meridian by working directly on that
meridian, i.e. the various corrections dont strengthen it, the meridian that feeds
it may be so depleted that it has nothing to give. Look at the Meridian Flow Wheel (pg.
126) and notice the meridian that precedes it (e.g. spleen precedes heart and heart
precedes small intestine). This is the meridian that feeds it (pg. 271). Try working with
that meridian. Another reasonable approach is to work on the meridian thats opposite
the one that wont balance on the Meridian Flow Wheel. When one has too much energy,
its opposite is often being drained.
Exercise: Work on the
chakras (pg. 167) to help the meridians stay balanced. Chakras support the meridians.
Exercise: As you get to know the various
acupuncture points through sedating and strengthening meridians, get in the habit of
rubbing the points and noticing if theyre sore. If they are, massage deeply the
neurolymphatics for that meridian (pp. 84 - 85).
Problems in a meridian may be caused by the metal in a tooth filling.
Look at the tooth chart on page 287 to determine whether the teeth that govern problematic
meridians have metal in them.
Exercise: To keep all
your meridians going in the right direction and to activate them to move on their own, do
Drying Off (pg. 249). With your palm facing your body, put your hand on the outside of the
opposite big toe. Move it up the inside of your body and the inside of your arm, then down
the outside of your arm, the outside of your body, and off the little toe. Repeat on the
opposite side. This is a good exercise to do in your daily routine until you learn how to
trace the meridians (pg. 98).
Exercise: Holding all of the neurovasculars on
the head (pg. 274) feeds the meridians. You can always hold multiple neurovasculars
concurrently, but its interesting to hold them individually and notice how it feels.
Exercise: If you know a
meridian is chronically weak, flush it frequently. Trace it backwards once to remove stale
and excess energy, then trace it forward three times to bring in fresh energy. The
meridian pathways are found on pp. 100 - 110.
Exercise: If a meridian
is overenergized, e.g. when theres pain, trace it backwards. Stress indicates an
overenergized triple warmer, so tracing triple warmer backwards is one way to address
stress. Holding acupuncture sedating points also removes excess energy.
An appliance in the body, e.g. a hip or knee replacement can interfere
with energy moving through a meridian.
Exercise: Take a cow
magnet (found in a feed or hardware store) and trace the meridian using the magnets
north side (pg. 301) to pull the energy across the appliance. Or just use your hand, which
is electro-magnetic, and tap a few times to get the energy going if it stops moving.
Exercise: If youre
having a problem with an organ, do the inch worm (pg. 273) on the meridian associated with
that organ. Walk along the meridian with your fingers, using pressure. Massage wherever it
Central meridian is about any
kind of vulnerability. It touches every emotion and brings clarity to your personal
Central and governing are both strange flows (pg. 243) and meridians.
They affect everything, so when you trace meridians start with central and governing and
end with central and governing. Any exercise that strengthens central meridian also
activates central strange flows and through it all other strange flows.
Test: Touch below the
bottom lip and energy test. If weak, strengthen central meridian.
Exercise: To strengthen
central meridian, bend your elbows out to the side and push your palms into each other in
front of your chest.
Exercise: You can
strengthen central meridian and also activate the strange flows by massaging the central
neurolymphatics up and down the torso at the arm seam (pg. 85).
Exercise: Zip up (pg. 82)
Exercise: Tapping the end point of central
meridian below the bottom lip often strengthens central meridian. If it doesnt,
putting the thumb under the chin and the bent index finger from the same hand over the
chin will pull that central meridian energy up. This exercise will help any work on the
throat to hold.
Governing meridian travels up
the spine (pg. 101). It sends energy up the spine and helps pump the cerebrospinal fluid.
It deals with courage and moving forward. Its about standing in your space and being
grounded. It is common in our culture for many governing meridians to stop at the 3rd eye
rather than going over the nose and connecting with central at the back of the throat.
Test: Touch the spine and energy test.
Exercise: If the test is weak, suck your thumb
and hook your index finger over your nose. Retest by touching and testing all along
governing meridian on the spine and across the head.
Test: Push into the notch at the bottom of the
skull at the spine. Test.
Exercise: Partner lies face down. Cross your
arms. Put one hand on the spine just above the waist and the fingers or heel of your other
hand on the sacrum. Push hands apart, slowly moving the upper hand up the spine until it
reaches the notch on the head where you just tested. Hold. This exercise also helps build
up the energy in the spinal column.
Exercise: When mustering
your courage to deal with something in life, it helps if you put your hands behind your
back, across your waist and grab on to the opposite arm. Hold that position for as long as
it feels right. Like many energy techniques, often we do them instinctively when we need
them, not realizing the energetic benefit. This is also a way to balance governing if it
Spleen meridian deals with
metabolizing foods, thoughts, pollutants - anything that comes into your body.
Generally, spleen is the meridian that loses more energy than any other
meridian because its opposite force on the Meridian Flow Wheel (pg. 126) is triple warmer.
Spleen gets depleted by triple warmer faster than any other meridian. If theres
stress in your life, triple warmer sucks the energy away from spleen. Your energy gets
more and more depleted.
Spleen is a real life force. Its also a strange flow. Work on
spleen to help resolve infections.
It doesnt matter if a particular food is the best food in the
world for you. If your body cant metabolize it and cant break it down,
its just another poison. You have to get spleen strong.
Spleen shares an element with stomach - the Earth element. Notice on
the Meridian Flow Wheel (pg. 126) that stomach precedes spleen; it flows into spleen. Like
triple warmer, stomach is about stress. Stomach is about the daily grind whereas triple
warmer is about the bigger stresses of life. You can see where spleen can get into trouble
easily because the two meridians that deal with stress are trying to give it energy and
might not have anything to give.
Exercise: When youre starting to feel
sick, thump spleen neurolymphatics points (pg. 68, 51). This can knock something out
thats just getting going. It can get rid of a fever and balance out your
temperature. It also helps everything metabolize. It affects not only spleen meridian, but
all the other meridians as well. It also gets spleen strange flows going, which hyperlinks
into all the strange flows.
Exercise: If thumping spleen doesnt make
it strong, do Smooth Behind the Ears (pg. 235) to calm triple warmer. Triple warmer has
all the energy. This exercise sedates triple warmer which then sends the energy over to
Exercise: Scratching the back activates spleen
meridian and spleen strange flows.
Exercise: To strengthen spleen:
- Stretch your arms straight over your head.
- Turn your palms forward and grab one wrist.
- Lean straight to the left, stretching your right side.
- Lean in the opposite direction.
Stomach meridian (ST)
Donna Eden: "I find that when I sedate stomach, everything seems
to fall into place."
For chronic sinus issues, work on stomach meridian.
Exercise: All of the neck muscles in the front
and some in the back are governed by stomach meridian. Sedate stomach meridian (pg. 120)
for neck pain.
Exercise: Push your fingers up on the ST-1
points on the cheekbone underneath the eyeballs while softly holding the neurovasculars
points at the jaw with your thumbs (pg. 274, #8). This begins to release excess energy and
bring some balance into stomach meridian.
Exercise: For jet lag, sometimes its
enough to do two things to stomach meridian. Tap ST-1 on the cheekbone just under the
eyeball (pg. 238), then trace stomach meridian (pg. 109). Stomach meridian is on the Earth
element. It helps you balance and stabilize. Sometimes doing this is all you need to avoid
jet lag or to clear your energy if you feel like youre picking something up while
Kidney meridian (K) governs
getting rid of toxins.
Exercise: In most cases when you work with kidney,
sedate it (pg. 121). Its trying to get rid of toxins and is constantly filtering.
Sedating takes the stress off of it. But every now and then strengthening it is great to
flush fresh energy through.
Exercise: Anything you do with K-1 (pg. 111) is good.
Hold it, massage it, pump it. This acupuncture point is called the Wellspring of Life.
Working on the K-1 points both gives energy and releases it and it really helps the
strange flows move. Whatever needs to let go will often let go. This point and kidney
sedating points (pg. 121) in particular bring a balance into the body.
Exercise: The K-1 Wave
- With your partner lying face
up, put a thumb or finger on K-1, just below the center of the ball of each foot.
- Hold and then gently wave for 2 or 3 minutes, slowly pushing your weight into the point
and then releasing.
- The K-1 Wave energizes kidney meridian, so it is not indicated if kidney is already
Exercise: To help eyesight, it is important to get
kidney energy swooshing through the eyes. Thumping or rubbing the K-27 points (pg. 63)
sends energy to the eyes.
Bladder meridian (BL) governs
the nervous system. When something is off in the nervous system, it is reflected in
bladder meridian. Working with bladder helps the nerves learn how to be.
Bladder is always involved in arthritis and in oversensitivity.
The bladder meridian goes down the back (pg. 104), so back problems may
involve bladder. However weak upper abdominals, which are governed by small intestine, can
cause back problems when there isnt enough strength between the front and the back.
So theres a playoff between small intestine and bladder. [KMK1] Work on both bladder
and small intestine for back problems.
Exercise: If nerves are shot, sedate bladder
Exercise: If you know how to test for
overenergy using the pulse tests and find that bladder is frequently off when holding the
bladder pulse, sedate bladder (pg. 121) daily until it holds. This teaches it to relax.