The major meridians: Pericardium, Triple Warmer and Gallbladder
We have lately seen the Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder and Kidney meridians. Let’s now go into the Pericardium, Triple Warmer and Gallbladder meridians.
THE PERICARDIUM MERIDIAN
The Pericardium meridian starts near the heart, where it divides into two branches. One emerges from the lower chest area to reach the armit before reversing down the arm to end at the tip of the middle finger. The other branch takes the same path but stops at the ring finger, where it meets the Triple Warmer.
The Pericardium meridian works closely with the Heart meridian; in fact, the pericardium is a bag that contains the heart, protecting it from foreign invasions. This meridian governs the blood and the mind (along with the Heart meridian), thus affecting blood and circulation as well as personal relationships. Disharmony in the Pericardium meridian is caused by heart and blood dysfunctions. The most common problems manifest as chest, heart, and breast problems, with symptoms including chest discomfort , tachycardia or other arrhythmias, swelling in the armpit, red face, spams of the elbow and arm and mania.
Note: the heart stores shen, or mental energy. Many mental or emotional problems relate to an imbalance in shen. The Pericardium is an important meridian for any symptoms related to mental illness. There are specific shen points listed in classical and other acupunture manuals.
THE TRIPLE WARMER MERIDIAN
The Triple Warmer meridian is not represented by a physical organ. Rather, it is important because of its job, which is to circulate liquid energy throughout the organs. It begins at the tip of the ring finger and flows over the shoulder to the chest cavity. Atop it, it splits into two branches. One branch travels through the middle and lower parts of the body, uniting the upper, middle, and lower burners (hence the name, Triple Warmer or Burner). The other runs externally up the side of the neck, circling the face to finally meet the Gallbladder Meridian at the outer ends of the eyebrow.
The Triple Warmer meridian distributes a special chi called source chi, which is produced by the kidneys. It governs the relationship between all the various organs, allocating chi between them.
- Upper Warmer or Burner: Distributes chi from the diaphragm upward; most commonly associated with lungs and heart (respiration).
- Middle Warmer or Burner: Delivers chi to bodily areas between the diaphragm and navel; associated with stomach, spleen, liver, and gallbladder (digestion and assimilation).
- Lower Warmer or Burner: Transport chi below the navel; associated with reproduction and elimination.
Problems with the Triple Warmer typically manifest as water retention, stiff neck, and ailments with the ears, eyes, chest, and throat. Symptoms include those related to water imbalance, such as swelling, urinary incontinence and difficulties, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
THE GALLBLADDER MERIDIAN
The Gallbladder meridian starts as two branches emerging from the outer corner of the eye. An external branch weaves around the face and ear before traveling to the hip. The other branch crosses the check and descends to the gallbladder to meet up with the other branch. This rejoined branch now runs down the lateral side of the thigh and lower leg and makes its way to the tip of the fourth toe. Another small branch separates from the meridian at this point and ends at the big toe, where it connects with the Liver meridian.
The Gallbladder meridian runs the Gallbladder, which makes and store bile. On an energetic basis, it governs decision making. It is closely connected to the liver; therefore, many symptoms display as liver issues, including bitterness in the mouth, jaundice, and nausea. Other symptoms include frequent sighing, headaches, pain in the jaw and outer corner of the eyes, swelling in the glands, mental illness, indecisiveness, fever, and pain along the meridian.
Source: “The subtle Body – An encyclopedia of your energetic anatomy” by Cyndi Dale – Sounds True