12 meridians

12 Meridians of Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine mapped the pathways of the 12 meridians thousands of years ago. On these pathways, over 350 points (also called acupressure points, acupuncture points, acupoints) were identified. Points are specific locations on meridians where the Qi can be accessed.

Meridians are located on both sides of the body The 12 meridians on one side of the body are mirrored on the other side of the body. Therefore, a meridian on the right arm is also on the left arm, and vice versa. The same is true for meridians and points on the legs, chest, abdomen, back, head, and face.

The 12 Meridians:

  • Lung Meridian
  • Large Intestine Meridian
  • Stomach Meridian
  • Spleen Meridian
  • Heart Meridian
  • Small Intestine Meridian
  • Bladder Meridian
  • Kidney Meridian
  • Pericardium Meridian
  • Triple Heater (San Jiao) Meridian
  • Gallbladder Meridian
  • Liver Meridian

Internal meridian pathways

Each meridian flows from a specific Organ, as named above. Every meridian has an internal pathway that connects to other Organs and areas of the body. Eventually, the internal meridian will come to the surface of the skin, where it becomes external.

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External meridian pathways

Acupoints are located on the external pathways. These are the familiar lines seen on meridian and point charts. Depending on the meridian, there are 9 to 67 points located on it.

 

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I have placed these 12 videos so that they follow the meridian clock timing, starting with the spleen meridian.  (Traditional Chinese Medicine favours the lung meridian). You can start with any one you like, but it’s best to stick to the same order.

I collected here the 12 meridian videos for you.

1. Spleen Meridian

Class: Yin, Leg

Chinese Element: Earth

Peak Activation: 0900 – 1100

Length: 33 secs

2. Heart Meridian

Chinese Element: Fire

Peak Activation: 1100 – 1300
Length: 22 secs

3. Small Intestine Meridian

Class: Yang, Arm

Chinese Element: Fire

Peak Activation: 1300 – 1500

Length: 34 secs

4. Bladder Meridian

Class: Yang, Leg
Chinese Element: Water
Peak Activation: 1500 – 1700
Length: 1:03 secs

05. Kidney Meridian

Class: Yin, Leg
Chinese Element: Water
Peak Activation: 1700 – 1900
Length: 41 secs

6. Pericardium (Circulation Sex) Meridian

Class: Yin, Arm
Chinese Element: Fire
Peak Activation Time: 1900 – 2100
Length: 24 secs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8tfuUVlFSU

7. Triple Warmer (SanJiao) Meridian

Class: Yang, Arm
Chinese Element: Fire
Peak Activation: 2100 – 2300
Length: 30 sec

 

https://youtu.be/oHxZXh8n_no

8. Gall Bladder Meridian

Class: Yang, Leg
Chinese Element: Wood
Peak Activation: 2300 – 0100
Length: 1:01 secs

https://youtu.be/qem4HQFZC1U

9. Liver Meridian

Class: Yin, Leg
Chinese Element: Wood
Peak Activation: 0100 – 0300
Length: 34 secs

https://youtu.be/kw5JEUNHENQ

10. Lung Meridian

Yin, Arm
Chinese Element: Metal
Peak Activation:  0300 – 0500
Length: 20 secs

https://youtu.be/xsGLDRWV_R8

11. Large Intestine Meridian

Class: Yang, Arm
Chinese Element: Metal
Peak Activation: 0500 – 0700
Length: 28 secs

https://youtu.be/PxeD1U0RDI8

12. Stomach Meridian

Yang, Leg
Chinese Element: Earth
Peak Activation: 0700 – 0900
Length: 46 secs

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