Great picture of Heart 7

Heart Meridian in Chinese Medicine

The Heart meridian is rooted internally within the heart itself. Every meridian has an internal pathway that connects with organs and areas of the body. These internal pathways provide a connection between the organs and tissues of the body. The Heart meridian has internal connections with the small intestine, lungs, throat, and eyes.

“The Heart is the sovereign of all the organs and represents the consciousness of one’s being. It is responsible for intelligence, wisdom and spiritual transformation.”

-Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine


Heart Meridian

Heart Meridian

The meridian we refer to as the “Heart Meridian” is the external aspect of the Heart meridian. The Heart meridian emerges from the interior at the center of the arm pit. This point is known as Heart 1 (HT 1), the first point of the heart meridian. The pathway of the Heart meridian is from HT 1, along the inside of the arm on the pinky side, and stretches all the way to the pinky finger (see figure above). The last point of the Heart meridian is HT 9.

Famous Heart meridian point:

Heart 7, Shen Men “Spirit Gate”

As the name implies, this point is used to soothe, nourish, and inspire the Spirit. In practical terms HT 7 is used to calm the emotions, to relieve anxiety, and to soothe the worries of a troubled mind so that one can get some sleep.

These are big expectations for only a single point, which is why points are combined with other points and meridian massage in order to bring about the desired effect.

How to locate HT 7

Look at the palm of your hand. Now, look at the wrist wrinkles (also known as the wrist crease). HT 7 is located on the palm side of the wrist crease at the pinky end.

See the picture below:

Great picture of Heart 7

Heart 7 is located on both wrists.

Wondering how to press this acupressure point?

Check out this great blog post>>How to Apply Pressure to Acupressure Points 

To continue learning, check out the “All About the Heart Meridian” video on demand.

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • soser medina

    Reply Reply July 25, 2013


    • Cindy Black, L.Ac.

      Reply Reply July 28, 2013

      You are welcome!
      This is part one of my 12 part series, 11 meridians more to go. 🙂

  • Kim Stowe

    Reply Reply December 24, 2014

    You provide such usefulness & clarity in Your photos & explinations. I’m learning a lot. Thanks for all the information & Your time You spend with Us.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply December 26, 2014

      Kim, you are very welcome, thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  • sue mcintyre

    Reply Reply September 4, 2015

    I didn’t see how many ceu’s for each course. Thanks

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply September 5, 2015

      Each Guidebook class is approved for 12 CEUs (Massage Therapy) by NCBTMB, FL, NY

  • Nestor

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    I enyoy your teaching and practice massage meridians that help me to keep in good health condition though I am 82 years!

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply July 7, 2017

      Hi Nestor,

      Thank you for writing, you are in inspiration!

  • Brenda

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    I see where it’s located but What do you do with it -apply light pressure?? Thank you!

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