They were discovered two thousand years ago and are essential to our well-being and health. What are they? The Meridians, and they will be the subject of my monthly columns this year as I hope to help you dive a little deeper into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Eden Energy Medicine (EEM).
Meridians are energy pathways in the body and are almost like our energy “bloodstream” linking different areas together. There are fourteen of them, with twelve connected segments, and I am going to pick one of the twelve segments each month to explain in detail what it helps in our body and how to balance it for optimal health.
We will start with what TCM calls the “Powerhouse” of the body: Kidney Meridian. Our Kidney Meridian, just like the Kidney organs themselves oversees filtration and detoxification of our body fluids, including the blood, lymph, and cerebral-spinal fluid. It helps to support many aspects of our body including the bones, teeth, adrenal glands, bladder, hormone health, and helps to regulate the growth and development of the reproductive system.
Emotionally, when the Kidney Meridian is imbalanced, we can experience fearfulness and shame. On the other hand, a balanced Kidney Meridian helps us step forward with courage, determination, and confidence. The Kidney (K) Meridian starts at the bottom of our feet and goes up the body to our collarbone. Kidney Meridian runs up both sides of the body and by tracing it, you can help to balance it. Start by placing your hands under the ball of each foot at K1 (see diagram). Then bring your fingers up the inside of each foot, circling behind the inside of each ankle bone, and up the inside of the legs and the front of the body. Finally end at the K27 points at the indentations about an inch off the corners of your collarbone.
Another way to use this meridian tracing to help “flush” your Kidney Meridian is to trace the Kidney Meridian backwards one time and forward three times. This essentially pulls out any imbalanced energy and puts new energy back into it.
Working with points along a Meridian is another way to help “juice” and balance it, and you can do this by pressing or buzzing any points along the Meridian line. The K1 (beginning point) and K27 (ending points) are good ones to work with. In fact, tapping on the K27 point is part of a Daily Energy Routine that if done regularly, can make a big difference in the health of your energy system. Another good point to work with is K3 as it can help balance the Kidney organ itself.
The sensory organs that Kidney is associated with are the ears, and simply massaging and pulling out your ears helps to balance the Meridian.
One way to calm the emotional aspect of Kidney is to hold the Neurovascular Points associated with Kidney Meridian. Hold one hand across your forehead, and the other on the back of your head directly behind your eyes. Breathe deeply and hold for as long as it feels good.
(Published in Front Porch Magazine- Feb. 2020)