Learn How Qi Flows Through the 12 Main Meridians

How Qi Flows Through The Twelve Main Meridians

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In traditional Chinese medicine like acupuncture, the flow of energy, or qi, through the 12 meridians (6 yin and 6 yang meridians) is thought to be highest for a two-hour period every day at each organ, Acupuncturists use this information diagnostically, as well as to determine the optimal time for treating specific imbalances.

Stomach Meridian (yang) 7 am to 9 am (foot Yangming)

The stomach meridian is responsible for stomach problems including abdominal pain, distension, edema, vomiting; and also sore throat, facial paralysis, upper gum toothache, nose bleeding, and pain along the path of the meridian.

Spleen Meridian (yin) 9 am to 11 am (foot Taiyin)

The spleen meridian is the source of problems of the spleen and pancreas, abdominal distension, jaundice, general weakness, tongue problems, vomiting, pain and swellings along the path of the meridian.

Heart Meridian (yin) 11 am to 1 pm (hand Shaoyin)

The heart meridian is the source of heart problems, throat dryness, jaundice, and pain along the path of the meridian.

Small Intestine Meridian (yang) 1 pm to 3 pm (hand Taiyang)

Here we find the source of lower abdomen pain,  sore throat, facial swelling or paralysis, deafness, and discomfort along the path of the meridian.

Bladder Meridian (yang) 3 pm to 5 pm (foot Shaoyang)

This meridian serves as the location for diagnosing and treating bladder problems, headache, eye diseases, neck and back problems, and pain along the back of the leg.

Kidney Meridian (yin) 5 pm -to 7 pm  (foot Shaoyin)

The kidney meridian is the source of kidney problems, lung problems, dry tongue, lumbago, edema, constipation, diarrhea, pain and weakness along the meridian's path.

Pericardium Meridian (yin) 7 pm to  9 pm (hand Jueyin)

The pericardium meridian is the source of poor circulation, angina, palpitation, diseases of the sexual glands and organs, irritability, and pain along the pathway of the meridian.

 Triple Burner Meridian  (yang) 9 pm to 11 pm  (hand Shaoyang)

Here is the source of diseases of the thyroid and adrenal glands, ear problems, sore throat, abdominal distension, edema, swelling of cheek, and pain along the meridian's pathway.

Gallbladder Meridian (yang) 11 pm to 1 am (foot Shaoyang)

This meridian is the location for diagnosis and treatment of gallbladder problems, ear diseases, migraine, hip problems, dizziness, and pain along the meridian.

Liver Meridian (yin) 1 am to  3 am (foot Jueyin)

This meridian is the focal point for liver problems, lumbago, vomiting, hernia, urination problems, pain in the lower abdomen and along the pathway of the meridian.

Lung Meridian (yin) 3 am to  5 am (hand Taiyin)

The lung meridian is the source of respiratory diseases, sore throat, cough, common cold, pain in the shoulder, and pain and discomfort along the meridian pathway.

Large Intestine Meridian (yang) 5 am to  7 am  (hand Yangming)

Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, sore throat, toothache in the lower gum, nasal discharge and bleeding, pain along the course of the meridian

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