Meridians

 

The Meridians are symmetrical on the left and the right sides of the body and they connect with each other. The two most important are the Ren Mai - the Conception Vessel - and the Du Mai - the Governing Vessel.

The Ren Mai runs down the front of the body from below the eyes, around the mouth to the chest, down to the abdomen and finally between the legs to the perineum.

The Du Mai goes from the perineum over the tail bone to the back of the head, over the top of the head, down the front of the face and ends near the canines in the upper jaw.

The Lung Meridian begins at the middle burner, near the navel. It goes down to the large intestine and then up through the lungs to the collar bone. Here it splits into two branches, each going down one arm. When it reaches the hand, it splits into two more branches, one going to the tip of the thumb and the other going to the tip of the index finger where it connects to the Large Intestine Meridian.

The Large Indestine Meridian begins at the tip of each index finger and travels up each arm to the highest spot on the shoulders. There it splits into two branches, one goes down to the large intestine, ending around the navel area, and the other goes around the mouth, to the opposite sides of the nose and connects there to the Stomach Meridian.

The Stomach Meridian begins near the bottom edges of the nose, goes up around the nose, encircles the bridge of the nose and at the same time goes down around the mouth and up each cheek to the forehead.  Also it runs down the neck to the sternum where it splits into two branches. Both branches go down on the left and right sides of the chest, belly and stomach, then they continue down past the groin, then they run down the respective legs, ending at the tips of the second toes. Here it connects to the Spleen Meridian.

The Spleen Meridian begins at each big toe and goes up each leg to the spleen.  Just below the navel, the two branches connect, then they go up the left and the right sides of the body until it ends at the base of the tongue, connecting to the Heart Meridian.

The Heart Meridian has three branches, all beginning near the heart. One branch goes down to the small intestine, one branch goes up past the tongue, meeting the Spleen Meridian, continuing to the eyes, the third branch goes down each arm and ends at the tips of the middle finger, connecting to the Small Intestine Meridian.

The Small Intestine Meridian starts on the outside tip of the little fingers, going up the arms to the centre of the back meeting the Bladder Meridian. There it branches into two parts. One goes down to the small intestine and the other passes around the cheeks and goes to the eyes and ears.

The Bladder Meridian starts at the inside edge of each eye, goes up over the top of the head to the back of the neck, then splits into two branches. One goes down through the bladder, while the other runs along the spinal cord to the knees where the branches intersect again. Then they go near the Achilles Tendon connecting to the Kidney Meridian. From here it continues to the tip of the little toes.

The Kidney Meridian begins under each big toe, goes up the legs to the kidneys, splits into two parts. These parts go through the chest meeting the Pericardium Meridian. From there they continue on to the base of the tongue.

The Pericardium Meridian begins near the heart where it splits into two branches. One goes down through the body cavity while the other one goes down each arm to the palms where it splits into two. One goes to the tip of the middle finger, the other to the tip of the ring finger, meeting the Triple Burner Meridian.

The Triple Burner Meridian begins at the tips of the ring fingers and goes over the shoulders to the chest cavity. Here it splits, one branch goes down to the middle and lower sections of the body, the other branch goes to the ear and then circles the face meeting the Gall Bladder Meridian.

The Gall Bladder Meridian begins with two branches near the eye. One goes around the face and ears to the hips, the other moves across the cheeks and goes to the gall bladder meeting the other branch. They join as they go down the legs to the tops of the feet where they meet the Liver Meridian. Then they continue on to the tips of the 4th toes.

The Liver Meridian begins on the top of the big toes and goes up the legs, circling the genitalia, moving on to the liver. From here it goes to the lungs meeting the Lung Meridian, then it goes up to encircle the mouth. Here it splits into two parts, one going up to each eye, these two parts join again at the forehead and finally run up over the top of the head.

 

 

 

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