As we continue our journey in understanding and working with the meridians (energy pathways) of the body, we come to the Gall Bladder Meridian (GB). The Gall Bladder organ stores and concentrates the bile from the liver and helps with digestion and metabolism of fats and oils. Working with the lymphatic system, it helps to clear toxins from the muscular system, and balancing this meridian can help to strengthen the muscles and tendons.
GB is most active between 11 pm and 1 am, so insomnia or waking in the middle of the night could possibly be associated with an imbalance in this meridian. GB runs from the eyes, along the side of the head, down the side of the neck, through the shoulders, down the sides of the ribs to the hips, through the knees and ankles and ends at the fourth toe. Because of its path, headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder tension, hip and knee pain, along with ankle and foot pain could all be related to a possible imbalance in GB.
Paired with the Liver Meridian, GB makes up half of the Wood Element, and GB is Liver’s right-hand man. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Liver (LV) is “The General,” and GB is “The General’s Advisor,” implementing Liver’s plans, making judgments and important decisions, and together helping to regulate blood, digestion, and emotion.
In TCM, the Gall Bladder governs daring and decisiveness, and also provides us with courage and initiative. A balanced GB helps us to make just decisions and show mercy and kindness to others. When it is out of balance, we display judgmental behavior and can feel rage toward whatever crosses our path. We can also be indecisive and easily discouraged. Luckily, there are many ways to work with GB.