Gallbladder Meridian

Open the Gallbladder Meridian with 3 Simple Movements

roadbarrierThe 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 like the frustration that builds up in a traffic jam, pain, frustration, anger and restricted motion can result from backed up, stagnant Qi, within a meridian.

The Gallbladder meridian happens to be very prone to blockages.

The Gallbladder meridian runs from the eyes, along the side of the head, down the side of the neck, through the shoulders, along the side of the ribs, to the hips, knees, ankles and then ends on the 4th toes. Due to its location, blocks in the Gallbladder meridian often play a role in the energetic cause of headaches, jaw tension, shoulder pain, sciatic pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain.

Gallbladder Meridian

Gallbladder Meridian
(Located on both sides of the body)

Stretch that Gallbladder meridian to remove the blockages!

Getting motion and space back into the Gallbladder meridian frees the flow of Qi.  When Qi is flowing we have less pain and more energy. Stretch and open the meridian to release the Qi that is held up in the Gallbladder meridian. This will recharge your whole body with energy!

Simple movements to open your Gallbladder meridian:

  1. Raise your arms over your head – and keep breathing!
    Use your big inhale to stretch the ribs while you keep lifting your arms up toward the sky. This only works if you keep your breath moving.  If you feel too restricted to breathe, bring your arms down until you find the right height where you can breathe and stretch (and of course, you are not creating any pain.)
  2. Stand tall and bend to one side – and keep breathing!
    Try this with your arms up over head if possible. A little at a time goes a long way.  Do not create any strain or pain as you move. Be sure to bend on both sides to open the Gallbladder meridian on each side.
  3. Stand tall and twist to one side – and keep breathing!
    Try this with your arms up over head if possible. A little at a time goes a long way. Do not create any strain or pain as you move. Be sure to bend on both sides to open the Gallbladder meridian on each side.


Stretches for Gallbladder Meridian

Open up your Gallbladder meridian with these simple movements.

Keep it moving!

Take breaks from sitting at your computer and play with these stretches.  It only takes 2-3 minutes, but the benefit is huge! Frequent short breaks of movement are very effective – give it try!

To continue learning, check out the “All About the Gallbladder 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.


  • Hyacinth

    Reply Reply June 17, 2016

    Gee, thank you Cindy for continuing to be an angel of mercy. Been looking fo a way to relieve the tightness, especially on the right side. Tried your suggesion for just one time, already can feel a difference. Thanks, again.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply June 17, 2016

      Happy to be of help! A little really does go a long way with these stretches. Enjoy

  • Zarina

    Reply Reply August 14, 2016

    Thank you Cindy. Ive had a few sessions of reflexology in the past amd that gave me loads of energy.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply August 18, 2016

      You are welcome. Reflexology is wonderful!

  • Akhlaq

    Reply Reply November 4, 2016

    Do gallstones dissolve or disappear with these simple movement?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply November 4, 2016

      Not in my experience. Gallstones are dense manifestations and generally require, acupuncture, herbs, and lifestyle adjustments to resolve (from the Chinese medical perspective). I would consult with a qualified practitioner of Chinese herbology and Acupuncture for this condition.

  • Marianne Roche

    Reply Reply January 1, 2017

    Cindy, many thanks for sharing so many pearls of help, healing and wisdom.

  • Mary dean

    Reply Reply February 22, 2017

    While I don’t have my gallbladder anymore , ever since I had it removed I still suffer from the same feeling. I have pretty much the entire right side of my body in pain. All the time .along with least 5times a week.I will feel a sharp pain just right at the bottom of my right side rib cage and often feel a lot of times like something is trying to pass thru there and can’t get passed.also have severe numbness in my right hip. It looks as if the entire meridian is blocked.what could be causing this even I don’t have the gallbladder but it is still effecting t h e meridian.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply February 22, 2017

      Yes, the meridian is still present, and the energy is still flowing (or in this case, stuck) even if your gallbladder has been removed. This is one of the benefits of knowing the meridians – you can get relief for things that might not make sense according to modern science.

  • Jane

    Reply Reply March 1, 2017

    So, here’s a problem I’ve been having. Been practicing Vipassana for about 6 years. I go on extended retreats. I’m also a reiki master. Every time I go deeper into my spiritual practice, I have Pain on my right side. Some time it’s the whole right side but most times, when I’m not on retreat, it’s just manifeted from the super pubic of the groin on down to my inner thigh. I was told it was my liver meridian. Liked it up and that’s exactly where it manifests. Interesting gact, I’ve been struggling with neurological issue that appear to be like Multiple sclerosis for the past 3 years. I’ve gone to doctors and can’t get diagnosed. Any idea? Thought about acupuncture maybe?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply March 2, 2017

      Hi Jane,
      Yes, I think your idea of working with an Acupuncturist makes sense. Chinese medicine has a very different perspective than western science. To get the benefits it offers, working with a person who understands the depths of Chinese medicine is the best way to go.

      I understand first hand how aggravating pain is. It is easier to witness another person in pain and say or think that there is something that their body is trying tell them, but when it is pain within myself, it’s much more challenging. I am sure you aware of this notion based on your spiritual practices. I am offering you a little of my own story here

      I hope that you experience relief as swiftly as possible.

  • Anju

    Reply Reply June 13, 2017

    Hi Cindy! Thanks a lot for valuable advice you share with people with a sincere motive of helping them.i have been having constant pain in my shoulder n sides of neck to the back of my ear.its more on right side.i can feel small lumps along neck muscles which I feel is blocked energy.can u help me

  • Brittany

    Reply Reply July 30, 2017

    After months of dealing with gallbladder pain and trying every “home remedy” I could find online, these simple stretches gave me the most relief. Almost instantly, the pain subsided! So thankful I found this site and Cindy~

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply July 31, 2017

      Brittany – yay! I’m so happy for you!

  • Rosaly

    Reply Reply September 24, 2017

    Hi, I don’t have galbladder stone… it’s just working at 11%.
    I have gone through a huge amount of stress, anxiety, frustration and anger for over 1 year. I understand I have internalize it… I also believe my iPhone 6 Plus has contribute for my condition. I used to land it on top of right side abdomen as it is heavy to hold for a long time. I didn’t know iPhone propagate RF radiation. I am trying to limite iPhone to 15 min per day. Drinking lots of water with lemon, doing some exercises to relax.
    Is there a pressure acupuncture points that I can do it myself to help my Galbladder?

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply October 16, 2017

      Hi Rosaly,

      I think the changes are you making are great! I would keep opening the Gallbladder meridian and then consult with a local practitioner to get the best help.

      I use self-massage on certain points to relieve local pain. Stretching and taking walks are the ways that I relieve my personal stress.

  • Jaytee Phan

    Reply Reply September 28, 2017

    I was skeptic at first… I read that opening the gallbladder meridian would stop this stupid pain in my outer hip when I was throwing kicks during martial arts… I tried it and wow… this is magic. I am definitely going to give some of this treatment to my patients in physical therapy as well.

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply October 3, 2017

      Jaytee – glad you gave it a try!

  • Kathy

    Reply Reply October 5, 2017

    The stretches are good, I’m sure but I’ve had my gallbladder removed many years ago. I struggle with IBS and pain in the gallbladder meridan on the points on my head. Any suggestions. I’ve done acupuncture for over a year and it is still an issue. It makes sleeping a challenge

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply October 5, 2017

      Hi Kathy,
      Even though your gallbladder was removed, you still have your Gallbladder meridian and Qi – Chinese medicine has a very different perspective of organs! I would keep stretching the Gallbladder meridians, and investigate the Wood Element, since this is the Element that the Gallbladder is associated with.
      Here is a post with more about Organs and Chinese medicine

      And here is more about the Wood Element

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