liver qi stagnation

Liver Qi Stagnation – What Is It?

Liver Qi Stagnation is the cause of many ailments. Tight muscles, headaches, jaw tension, and sciatica often have the same root cause: Liver Qi Stagnation. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, manifested ailments arise from energetic imbalances. This energy is called Qi (“chee”) in Chinese medicine. You may also see Qi spelled as Chi. Qi…

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Owl Eyes

Love your Liver!

The eyes are the flower of the Liver. Every organ has a sense organ, or “flower,” as the ancient Chinese texts so beautifully express the energetic connections between body, mind and spirit. Blurry vision, dry eyes, or itchy eyes – these physical symptoms all point to the Liver Organ System. Because Classical Chinese medicine maintains…

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Gallbladder Meridian

Open the Gallbladder Meridian with 3 Simple Movements

The Gallbladder meridian tends to have blocks that restrict the flow of energy (Qi). When Qi (“chee”) flow is restricted, we feel pain, tension, or restricted movement in the area of the blockage.  Similar to traffic backing up at a site of road construction, Qi can back up within a blocked Gallbladder meridian. And just…

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Jump and stretch

Growing the Wood Element

The Wood Element is a time of explosive growth. Spring is the season of the Wood Element. We use the same energy that seeds use to sprout up through the hard dirt towards the sun, to move ourselves toward our goals and dreams. That energy is “Wood energy.” Wood energy is forceful and moves up…

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Three Favorite Points

Out of 365 points, which are my favorite three? GB 20 (Gallbladder 20) This is an easy point to add into any massage. GB 20 is often a “sore spot” on people with tight necks and/or headaches. ST 36 (Stomach 36) We are what we digest. ST 36 supports digestion, which in turn brings nutrients…

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Liver Meridian

The Liver is in charge of keeping the flow of Qi, our energy, smooth and even. When the Qi does not flow, we call the condition “stagnant Qi.” Stagnant Qi feels like pain and distention.

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One-sided headaches Gallbladder meridian on head

Gallbladder Meridian

The Gallbladder meridian has many points for relieving pain. “The Gallbladder is like a judge for its power of discernment.” – Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine The Gallbladder meridian begins at GB 1 (Gallbladder 1), located at the outer corner of the eye. The Gallbladder meridian is famous for the way it zigzags along the…

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Toe Acupoints

Acupoints on the Toes

Treat all six leg meridians quickly, with these toe acupoints! All of the meridians on the leg have either begin or end on the toes (except for the Kidney located on the sole of the foot). Regardless of the type of massage you are practicing, integrating meridian massage is simple!  By applying pressure to each of these…

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Spring is the time for a liver cleanse!

As the snow and ice melt around us, plants that have been hibernating all Winter begin pushing through dirt, rock, cement, and pavement, to start the cycle of regeneration again. This action of pushing up through the hard soil and reaching for the sun relates to the Wood element in Chinese Medicine. Trees and perennials…

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