Many years ago when I was studying Shiatsu, 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 energy and your body knows it.”
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.
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 develops.
Here’s a fun story for you. When my husband and I were first dating, I noticed that he would often accidentally bang the side of his head. Plus, he was chronically 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 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 except ice-berg lettuce and tomatoes.
Thankfully, my husband heeded my advice and improved his diet and lifestyle. He ate less fried food and began loading up on fresh veggies. He also did a gallbladder flush a few years back, and that gave him great relief 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, he would have suffered the same fate as his family members.
I use this type of ancient healing knowledge when I’m working with my clients as well.
For example, if a client tells me that they stubbed their toe, I always ask, “which one?”
Each toe is connected to a different meridian and organ system within 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 stomach issues, and if it’s the toe next to the pinky, the gallbladder needs some help.
There is deep wisdom in the body, and when we learn to decipher it, healing happens.
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 needs your loving care and attention.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.