Many years ago when I was studying Shiatsu at the Kushi Institute, the practitioner warned us that if we accidentally banged our body in a specific area, to always check which meridian it was.
She said, “the organ associated with that meridian needs immediate stimulation to move stagnant energy.”
According to ancient healing medicine, meridians are energy passageways in the body. They keep the flow of Qi (Chi), or energy, circulating.
When Qi is flowing smoothly, the body has the energy it needs to support the organs. When Qi is blocked or stagnant, sickness begins developing.
At the time I thought… how is that possible? How could we subconsciously know that an organ system needs stimulation?
Today, I understand that human beings have deep internal wisdom; we embody a self-healing and self-regulating mechanism that most of us are completely unaware of.
When my husband and I were first dating, I noticed that he often accidentally banged the side of his head. Plus, he was achey in both of his hips.
I told him, “The sides of your head and your hips are associated with your gallbladder meridian. You may have trouble digesting fried foods, and you’ll need to increase your cruciferous and green veggies, otherwise you could have serious gallbladder trouble in the future.”
He thought that was interesting, as both his father and his brother had their gallbladders removed. His family grew up eating fried fatty foods, and not many fresh vegetables.
Thankfully, my husband improved his diet and lifestyle, ate less fried food, and began loading up on fresh vegetables. He also did a gallbladder flush a few years ago, and that gave him great results as well.
Interestingly, he doesn’t bump his head anymore. And, even though he is now 9 years older than when we first met, his hips rarely ache – even after a long hike in the mountains.
Unlike his brother and his father, my husband still has his gallbladder. But, had he continued eating and living the way he had been prior, he would have suffered the same fate as his family members.
I use this type of ancient healing knowledge with my clients as well. For example, if they tell me they stubbed their toe, I always ask, “which one?”
Each toe is connected to a different meridian and organ system in the body. If it’s the little toe, the kidney and bladder system needs some attention. If it’s the big toe, the spleen and liver need support. If it’s the middle two toes we’ve got to address the stomach, and if it’s the toe next to the pinky, the gallbladder needs assistance.
There is wisdom in the body, and when we learn to decipher it healing happens more quickly.
Have you bumped any area on your body lately? Or have you repeatedly jammed the same finger or toe? It’s time to listen to your body and hear what it is saying. An organ system may need your loving care and attention.
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