Working with the Yin Meridians

Qigong and the Yin Meridians

Heart Governror meridian
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When working with the Yin Meridians, Qigong can have a profound effect on specific ailments and help provide a route back to well-being. Each Element has its own qualities and governs certain aspects of our being. Therefore they have an impact on ailments that are associated with the things that they govern.

In this article I am concentrating on the Yin Meridians and using the Five Taoist Yin Qigong as examples. I will do a follow up for the Yang. The benefits listed are only an example of what a Yin Qigong can be used for and, as the exercises do not all have the same effects, some are more efficacious than others for particular ailments. It must also be understood that when focusing on the Yin Meridian of any pair your are also affecting its Yang partner.

Fire (HT & HG)

TCM functions: –

Heart

  • It controls the blood and the blood vessels.
  • It houses the Shen (consciousness).

Heart Governor

  • It protects the heart.
  • It governs the blood.
  • It houses the Shen.

Zen Functions: –

Heart

  • Controls the blood and the blood vessels.
  • Houses the Shen (consciousness).

Heart Governor

  • Represents compassion and governs the emotions and Spirit.
  • Controls blood circulation.
  • Adapts external stimuli to the body’s internal environment

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Fire exercise from the Five Taoist Yin Qigong include:-        

Working with the Yin Meridians - Fire
Working with the Yin Meridians – Fire
  • It can be used to Calm of the Shen (consciousness).
  • It can be used to treat insomnia, night sweats, tiredness, anxiety, irritability, and pre menstrual stress.
  • It can alleviate the symptoms of Angina pectoris, or any feeling of fullness or pain in the chest.
  • It can help alleviate heart palpitations, and reduce high blood pressure.

Earth (Sp)

TCM functions: –

  • It governs Transformation and Transportation.
  • It controls the blood, i.e. Keeping it within the blood vessels and making blood from food.
  • It controls the muscles and the limbs.
  • It controls the rising Qi (maintaining a balance with Stomach’s role in the controlling of descending Qi).
  • It houses the thought (Yi): thinking, studying, and concentration.

Zen Functions: –

  • Governs the digestive secretions.
  • Governs the reproductive hormones relating to the breasts and ovaries.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Earth exercise include:

Working with the Yin Meridians - Earth
Working with the Yin Meridians – Earth
  • It has a calming effect on the Yi (cognitive mind, the brain) and relieving insomnia.
  • It can be used to reduce menstrual problems (especially pain).
  • It might be used in treating reproductive disorders.
  • It can be used to alleviate abdominal distension, constipation, and diarrhoea.
  • Spleen exercises are also used in the treatment of oedema in the legs, and painful/swollen knees.

Metal (Lu)

Classical functions:-

  • It governs Qi and respiration.
  • It controls the circulation of Qi in the blood vessels and meridians.
  • It controls the dispersion and descending of Qi.
  • It regulates the water passages (through the dispersing and descending functions).

Zen functions: –

  • Intake of Qi and elimination of gasses by exhalation.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Metal exercise include:-

Working with the Yin Meridians - Metal
Working with the Yin Meridians – Metal
  • Used to regulate Lung Qi.
  • It can benefit respiratory ailments such as Heat in Lungs, fever, coughs, asthma, breathing difficulties, chest pains, and shoulder pain.
  • It has a beneficial effect on tonsillitis, thirst, and excessive mucus.
  • It can also be used to alleviate grief and sadness.

Water (Kd)

Classical functions: –

  • It stores the Jing, governing birth, growth, development and reproduction.
  • It produces bone marrow, thus governing the bones, brain and blood production.
  • It governs Water, and the flow of body fluids.

Zen functions: –

  • To govern the endocrine system, controlling spirit and energy to the whole body and governing resistance to mental stress by the control of the hormonal secretions.
  • To detoxify and purify the blood.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Water exercise include:-

Working with the Yin Meridians - Water
Working with the Yin Meridians – Water
  • Using it to tonify KD Qi
  • It is used for tonifying the Yin and Yang of the whole body.
  • Used for calming the Shen (consciousness), it calms the fire of Heart energy, alleviates insomnia, and regulates sweating.
  • It is also used to alleviate dizziness, deafness, tinnitus, and epilepsy.
  • It has a beneficial effect on the hormone system with regards to menstrual pain, irregular menstruation, amenorrhoea & dysmenorrhoea, and impotence.
  • Kidney Qigong is used to treat chronic pain lower back pain, acute cystitis, and urethritis.

Wood (Lv)

Classical functions: –

  • It stores blood.
  • It maintains harmonious and unobstructed flow of Qi, allowing good body function, especially in relation to; (a) emotional activities, such as anger and mental depression; (b) In promoting the flow of energy to the other organs (c) In producing bile and affecting the secretion of bile.

Zen functions:-

  • Stores nutrients and energy, plans the distribution of energy.
  • Cultivates resistance against disease.
  • Supplies, analyses and detoxifies blood to maintain physical energy.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Wood exercise include:-

Working with the Yin Meridians - Wood
Working with the Yin Meridians – Wood
  • It promotes the smooth flow of Liver Qi.
  • It can be used to treat migraine headaches, tension headaches, muscular cramps, and tight tendons.
  • It has a calming effect on bad temper.
  • It relieves Damp, urine retention, and burning urination.
  • It can be used to help strengthen the Spleen Qi and eliminate stagnation of the Spleen Qi ( some symptoms of which are distension & belching)

As with anything in life, the more you put in the more you get out. Your Qigong must be regular, and must be properly and diligently practiced for the benefits to be gained. Remember that Qigong is the art of working with Qi and not the art of swinging your arms about while bobbing up and down………….. 😉

Interested in Qigong? We have a group of Qigong enthusiasts (on Facebook) that you might want to join that is used by students and teachers to exchange ideas and ask questions. It is part of the San Bao Qigong.

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