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Personal Benefits of Understanding Body Meridians

If you have not grown up around alternative medicine and you are recently looking into other options, the information can seem overwhelming. Since so many of these techniques focus somewhat on the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridians, I would like to share with you in this post the benefit of understanding these meridians.
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NOT Medical Advice. Informational Purposes only. 

Introduction

If you have not grown up around alternative medicine and you are recently looking into other options, the information can seem overwhelming. Since so many of these techniques focus somewhat on the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridians, I would like to share with you in this post the benefit of understanding these meridians.

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I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Keep it simple.

Don’t over complicate.

Overview

Sometimes in school classrooms, the teacher wants another student to explain a concept to a fellow student in hopes of them better understanding it because the knowledge gap isn’t as wide. This is what I am seeking to do here in my Layman’s Guide to Body Meridians Series—this post and the next fifteen posts yet to come.

I am not a health professional; I am just a fellow patient who is seeking to better understand what my body is doing so that I can regain my health. In turn, I am seeking to share with you what I understand on an elementary level in hopes of making it easier for you to understand as well.

What are Body Meridians

In my simplified analogy that I have shared here (Introduction to Body Meridians) I compared them to highways in the body that ‘cars’ (Qi) travel on. There are twelve primary meridians (highways) and several extraordinary meridians. Those ‘highways’ have points I consider to be stop signs. Blockage, or being stopped, can occur at anyone of these points. This disrupts ‘the flow of qi.’

Some people get hung up on the concept of qi and are unable to proceed any further in learning more about this process. Some call it a life force, others call in energy. I am not sure what to call it. However, I do believe understanding the opposite of qi helps to get a grasp on what it is even if the definition isn’t very clear. If you look at the absence of qi as the absence of life (instead of the word life force), it makes it easier to understand its importance and what it is doing. Let’s not get hung up on the wording.

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I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

How I Chose to Approach the Topic

By taking the approach of the Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule) where 80 percent of the symptoms are usually from 20 percent of the causes. I choose to focus on just the elementary understanding of the primary meridians and what they tell me about my body to make progress forward in my health. The rest I leave up to my health professionals.

The nice thing about body meridians is that there are procedures, charts, manuals, and decades of knowledge passed down that require a significant amount of training to be allowed to practice them on other people. There is a process. If there is a process, it is repeatable—within the parameters of everyone being a unique person causing results to be unique.

But I don’t have to be a professional, or completely understand every meridian, in order to benefit from knowledge of body meridians. I just need to focus on the ones that matter to me. Part of being able to do this is understanding the meridian clock associated with them. (Very Beginner’s Understanding of a Meridian Clock post, scheduled to be published next week.)

I will systematically be adding links here to the posts (as they are written) for the following meridians:

  1. Primary Meridians
    • Lung
    • Large Intestines
    • Stomach
    • Spleen
    • Heart
    • Small Intestines
    • Urinary Bladder
    • Kidney
    • Pericardium
    • Triple warmer
    • Gall Bladder
    • Liver
  2. Two of the Extraordinary Meridians
    • Governing Vessel
    • Conception Vessel

Small benefits.

Bigger results.

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I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Key Benefits in Using Body Meridians for my Health

Once upon a time in the 1990’s I first heard about acupuncture on a television talk show my mom was watching. I thought it was fascinating, put the information in the back of my mind, and forgot about it. It wasn’t until many years later that it resurfaced to come to my aid.

I had reached a point in my life when I was unable to recover my health. The means and methods I grew up knowing about in the modern United States told me I had no known cure for my diagnosis. And then, only then did I ever get recommended visiting alternative methods.

This opened my eyes. I know some people can benefit quickly from alternative medicine while others do not. It happened both ways for me. But when I wanted to just not lose ground and wouldn’t dream of progressing forward, getting a deeper understanding of body meridians helped me to finally improve my health.

1. Improved Health and Well-being

  • Options: I had forgotten there were other options available to help me with my health. Visiting the idea of meridians as being a part of the possible problem and solution to my health was an eye-opener.
  • Holistic Approach: To me it was like I was discovering organs I didn’t even know I had. I started to truly grasp how truly holistic our body needs to be to work together properly.
  • Hope: It stopped my freefall of declining health. I saw it work even though it didn’t work every time. Something was just missing. I believed it could be found.

2. Learn About My Body

  • My body: It helped me realize there were systems in my body affecting my health that I knew nothing about. This meant maybe these meridians are what might needed fixed.
  • My symptoms: By combining knowledge of meridians and the meridian clock, I was better able to understand where the true problem lied.
  • My pain: Talking with my acupuncturist was the first time I heard the saying, “Pain means blockage.” Fascinating. Knowing this helped me to realize my body was asking for help long before it had something go visibly wrong with it.

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I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

3. More Productive Office Visits with My Health Professional

  • Share patterns: It helped me realize that the symptoms I was experiencing, which seemed unrelated to me, were actually connected when considering body meridians.
  • Narrow down problem quicker: If I paid attention to when my symptoms were better and worse, this helped my naturopath to zone in on the source of the problem quicker with the limited amount of office time we had per visit.

4. Take Back Control of My Day

  • Know when to rest: By consulting the meridian clock, I knew when to take it easy. I would rest just before and during the peak of my weakest meridian. Doing this simple task would help me to be less tired the rest of the day.
  • Know when to exert myself: When I was constantly fatigued, I would only exert myself during my strongest time of the day. This way it seemed to take less effort to get the physical chores that needed to be done.

5. My Defensive Individual Shield Hypothesis (DISH)

  • Discovery: Since I was regularly being mindful of what was and wasn’t working for my body for five years, I discovered why I think my body wouldn’t respond to treatments. Factoring in this DISH concept then enabled me to make methods work and have progress in my health when I couldn’t beforehand.
  • Implementation: I used the understanding of these body meridians and the meridian clock to know when to do certain procedures and to know if I was making progress with them.

Just another system

for the body.

It’s All Connected

In holistic medicine, we take into consideration the body, mind, and spirit as contributing factors to our health. It is believed all aspects of a person are interconnected. When one part doesn’t work, other areas suffer as a result.

Well, for me,  I think there is also three concepts that are interconnected to truly benefit from the use of these meridians as it pertained to my own personal health:  body meridians, meridian clock, and sway testing. These three working together along with my DISH philosophy enabled me to regain my health when nothing else worked.

Conclusion

By understanding body meridians and the holistic approach for improved health, I was able to eventually find the missing key for my health problems. It would have been impossible otherwise. But in doing so, I also believe I stumbled on why some methods of treatments work for some individuals and not others. (My desire to share that information is why I started this blog.)

Just like every other area of health, medicine, and science, there will be advocates and arguments for and against. Body meridians are not like a guessing game, and we hope for the best. They are as predictable as saying your heart is in your chest. We can learn much from watching patterns, so let’s use the patterns they know of the body meridians to our advantage. I am.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

References

Yu-Lin Lian, Chun-Yan Chen, Michael Hammes, Bernard C. Kolster, Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture: An illustrated manual of acupuncture points (China: H.F.Ullmann Publishing GmbH, 2014)

Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad, DC, Lac, RN, PhD, Say Good-Bye to ADD and ADHD with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques: A Drug-Free Cure for Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorders (Buena Park, CA: Delta Publishing Company, 1999)

Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad, DC, Lac, RN, PhD, NAET: Say Good-Bye to Your Allergies: A Revolutionary Treatment for Allergies & Allergy-Related Conditions (Buena Park, CA: Delta Publishing Company, 2003)

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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