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The Connection Between Meridians & Emotions (Plus How To Balance Them)

Learn about the link between meridians & emotions including: The main meridians of the body, which emotions are stored where, signs of blockage for each meridian, plus tips to release emotion from each meridian.

Emotions from past life events can often store in the body. In our upbringing we learn how best to handle emotions by watching those around us. We can deny them, push them down, mull over them, exaggerate them in our minds or allow them to take over how we deal with others. Whilst we may feel that they’ve been dealt with, they may in fact not have been processed in their entirety.

Emotions that are ‘stuck’ in our body can cause pain and sometimes disease. If we learn what emotions are held where, we can gain insights into why we feel pain in certain parts of our body and learn to release them. Below is a list of each meridian, the body parts it relates to and the most common emotional issues associated with each.

Not sure what a meridian is? Coming from acupuncture and Chinese medicine, your meridians are a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy is said to flow. 

1. The Central Meridian

The central meridian runs up the front of our body and is linked with our brain and how we think. It is associated with feeling centred and secure. Negative emotions associated with the central meridian include feeling overwhelmed, shyness, shame, confusion and disconnectedness.

To help balance the central meridian and clear these emotional blocks you can trace the meridian up the front of the torso and imagine yourself feeling centred and secure.

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2. The Governing Meridian

The governing meridian runs up our spine. It is associated with how supported we feel by life. Negative emotions associated with the governing meridian include feelings of embarrassment, dishonesty, distrust and burdened.

To help clear these emotions try tracing the meridian up your spine and imagine standing tall while feeling supported by life. Also regularly make a list of all the things in your life that are going well and review it each day.

See also: Traditional Chinese Medicine For The Modern Woman

3. The Small Intestine Meridian

The small intestine meridian begins at the fingernail of the little finger and travels up the back of our arm to the shoulder, it then slips down to the shoulder and back up to the neck and ends at the ear. It can be out of balance when we feel we are being pulled in more than one direction. Negative emotions associated with the small intestine meridian include feelings of shock, sadness, unappreciated, nervousness, discouragement and indecisiveness.

A great technique to bring balance to the small intestine meridian is to sit down and make a list of all the things you need to accomplish. Next step is to break this list down into sections of things you absolutely need to do and things you would like to do. Keep reviewing the list, monitoring over time what is needing your attention and where you want to go in life.

4. The Triple Warmer Meridian

The triple warmer meridian begins at the fingernail of the ring finger and goes up the back of the forearm, arm and over the back of the shoulder, around the ear and to the outer end of the eyebrow. It can be out of balance when we go into flight, fight or freeze response. Our adrenals can become exhausted due to ongoing stress and anxiety. Negative emotions associated with the triple warmer meridian include despair, despondence, heaviness, hopelessness, solitude and exhaustion.

To help release these emotions and balance the triple warmer meridian, spend some time relaxing. Meditation, slow walks, baths, anything that can help your mind totally relax, even if it’s only for short periods of time.

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5. The Heart Meridian

The heart meridian starts at the arm pit and travels down the inner arm to the fingernail of the little finger. It can be out of balance when we go through heart break either for ourselves or others. Negative emotions associated with the heart meridian include broken heartedness, secretiveness, self-doubt, insecurity, anger and hatred.

How can you bring harmony to the heart meridian? Begin to learn to love yourself again. As a go-to technique, imagine a big pink bubble of light hovering over your heart space and then surrounding your heart. Visualise it permeating through all the cells in your heart. Know that you are loved and loveable. To learn how to really amp up your self-care, complete ‘Mastering The Art Of Self-Love‘, a (free) mini eCourse where you’ll learn from myself and 6 other self-care experts!

6. The Pericardium Meridian

The pericardium meridian begins on the outside of the nipple, up to the shoulder and then down the front of the arm to the fingernail of the middle finger. It can be out of balance when we are bewildered by choices and demands and not listening to what our heart desires. The negative emotions associated with the pericardium meridian include gloominess, holding onto the past, hysteria, stubbornness, jealousy, remorse and excess worry.

To help ease these negative emotions linked to the pericardium, make a list of what you would love to do in life. Next, scan the list and come up with a few small actions you can take to begin making these things happen. Maybe it’s doing a short course or even some reading on the internet. Spend some time each week doing this.

7. The Spleen Meridian

The spleen meridian starts on the outside of your big toe and comes up the inside of your leg, thigh, abdomen and passes the outside of your nipple to your second rib and then comes back down your side to the sixth intercostal space. The spleen meridian can be out of balance when we have an inability to see the joy in life. Negative emotions associated with the spleen meridian include rejection, disapproval, anxiety about the future, alienation, brooding, cynicism and envy.

Want to release blocked energy in your spleen meridian? Think about all the good times in your life or watch a comedy on TV. It’s important to learn to laugh again whether it’s at something on telly or at yourself. Life is meant to be enjoyed.

See also: What Depression Feels Like & How I found Happiness Again

8. The Stomach Meridian

The stomach meridian starts just under the centre of your eye, goes down the face to the edge of the jaw and then back up to the forehead. It then travels down to the throat and front of the abdomen, down the front of the leg and finished on the second toe nail. It can be out of balance when we worry too much and can’t ‘digest’ what is going on. There is a connection between energy in microbiomes and meridians. Negative emotions associated with the stomach meridian include unreliability, criticism, disappointment, deprivation, hunger, emptiness, nausea, greed, disgust, doubt and bitterness.

To help bring balance to the stomach meridian, remember that worrying about something doesn’t help yourself or the other people involved. Send the energy that you’re giving to worrying thoughts, to thinking about ways you can make things better. Even if it’s a small thing.

See also: How To Boost Your Mood In One Day

9. The Lung Meridian

The lung meridian starts at the first intercostal space, up to the shoulder and down the front of the arm to the fingernail of your thumb. It can be out of balance when we hold on to grief too long. Negative emotions associated with the lung meridian include depression, false pride, intolerance, prejudice, contempt, smothered and scornfulness. In life there are times that we must grieve. Whether it’s due to a loss of a loved one or for something we have lost in life.

How can you release the negative emotions in your lung meridian? Try putting a time period on your grieving period and after that time, focus on the joy you had with that person rather than the loss you are experiencing now.

10. The Large Intestine Meridian

The large intestine meridian starts at the fingernail of your first finger, goes up your arm and dips behind your shoulder and then back up the front of your face to your nostril. It can be out of balance when we are too controlling or holding on too tight. A large intestine meridian imbalance may be the case if you’re feeling emotions of guilt, grief, regret, depression, apathy, sadness, toxic shame and powerlessness.

To help balance the large intestine meridian, think about the things you are holding on too tight to and then visualise releasing your control. There is really nothing in life we can control fully and the sooner we accept that the easier life will become.

11. The Kidney Meridian

The kidney meridian starts on the sole of your foot and goes up the inside of your leg, up the abdomen and ends just below the clavicle. A kidney meridian imbalance may be present when we are fearful of being alone or feel shame. A kidney meridian imbalance may manifest as anxiety, phobias, superstition, paranoia, cautiousness, carelessness and recklessness.

To bring a sense of equilibrium to the kidney meridian, get in touch with your spirit guides and angels through meditation. Feel them surrounding you are at all times. I personally ask Arch Angel Michael to give me a big hug with his angel wings when I feel alone.

12. The Bladder Meridian

The bladder meridian starts at the inner corner of your eye, goes over your head, your back and your legs and ends on the toenail of your little toe.  It can be out of balance when we are fearful and anxious. Negative emotions associated with the bladder meridian include fear, anxiety, dread, terror, panic, restlessness and frustration.

Maintain balance in the bladder meridian by visualising a big white bubble of protection around you when you are going into places that make you feel uneasy or nervous.

13. The Liver Meridian

The liver meridian starts on the nail bed of your large toe (on the inside), runs up the inner leg, thigh and to the outside of your abdomen and then back in to the sternum. It can be out of balance when we are feel rage towards ourselves or excessive guilt. Negative emotions associated with the liver meridian include anger, rage, wrath, distressfulness, vengefulness, resentment, irritability, hostility, blame and bitterness.

To help let go of the emotions blocking the liver meridian, have a go at hitting a punching bag, going for a jog or doing some physical activity. Alternatively you can do some automatic writing and let it all out and then ceremoniously burn the paper afterwards.

See also: 10 Inspirational Self-Love Quotes (Part 2)

14. The Gall Bladder Meridian

The gall bladder meridian starts at the outer corner of your eye, goes back and forth across your head, down the front of your shoulder, goes in and out over the abdomen as it travels down, then down the outer side of your leg and ends on the fourth toe. It can be out of balance when we feel rage and judgemental towards others. Negative emotions associated with the gall bladder meridian include anger, helplessness, judgement and proudness.

To balance the energy in the gall bladder meridian, you can do some sort of physical activity to release the anger or you can try and see the situation from the other person’s point of view. Maybe they are just doing the best they can possibly do, given the tools they have. Sometimes practicing compassion towards others can help release feelings of judgement and rage.

In sum..

As with all emotions it can sometimes take time to release them fully. Some of your emotions may have been around for a long time and then added to over the years. It can be a little like peeling an onion, layer upon layer. Give yourself the time and space to work through things and remember that it is possible to release any emotion if we really want to and are willing to do the work.

Do you have a question for me about meridians and emotions? Ask away via the comment section below, I love hearing from you!

P.S. Who do you know that may benefit from balancing one or more of their meridians? Share this article with them now, helping us create a happier and healthier community!

Carolyn King Kinesiologist

Carolyn is a certified Kinesiologist based in Berwick, Victoria. With over 5 years experience, she's passionate about using kinesiology for a variety of situations, but particularly to work through: Learning difficulties, emotional wellbeing, depression, chronic fatigue and kinesiology for kids. She's also the author of 'Empowered Happiness: Discovering Bliss beyond Depression' a must-read for anyone battling depression or struggling to escape your own darkness. Carolyn also co-authored SHE Leads and “Book of Inspiration” and runs a Facebook Group empowering others with tools to find their happiness.

SHOWHIDE Comments (17)
  1. So it’s not the organ that holds the emotion, but the energetic meridian? I read recently that emotions are stored in body parts so wondering which organs hold emotions.

  2. Do you have any emotional linkages to the 8 EXTRAORDINARY MERIDIANS – eg. Yin linking, yang motility, Yin Motility, Yang Linking etc..

    1. Hi Kylie,

      At this stage I don’t have any further information about the 8 Extraordinary meridians. In all honesty I haven’t done much work with those at this stage.

      Kindest regards,

  3. I have tried to find out how emotions, meridians and postured are related each other. There is Bruce Dewes book where is a picture related to this topic. But that is All. Do you know anything about that?

    1. Hi Juha,

      The information provided in the article is bases on Bruce Dewe’s work. I am not sure of what book you are referring to, Do you mean you wish to see the relationship between emotions, meridians and postures? I do know that our emotions affect our posture but our posture also affects our emotions, meaning that if you consciously change your posture (ie stand tall, shoulders back) you can change your emotions.

      Is that what you are referring to?

      Kindest regards,

  4. Hi Tasha,

    We can actually hold our emotions in any part of our body, including both meridians and organs. This is just one view on the emotions held in the meridians.

    Kindest regards,

  5. Hi Carolyn,

    I trace my meridians everyday, recently it occurred to me that as I do that I could focus on one positive emotion at a time, one that relates to each given meridian, so I can practice feeling that as I trace that meridian. I’ve been looking for a list online but haven’t been able to find one.

    Thank you,

    Evie Barton

    1. Hi Evie,
      It’s great to hear you are tracing your meridians daily. What a wonderful way to balance your body.
      There really isn’t a hard and fast rule on which positive emotion to focus on as it would depend on what you wish to increase in your life. But as a guide you can try
      Central – security, confidence
      Governing – honesty, trust
      Small Intestine – appreciation, decisiveness
      Triple Warmer – lightness, hope
      Heart – love, openness
      Pericardium – calmness, generousity
      Spleen – assurance, confidence
      Stomach – harmony, satisfaction
      Lung – fulfilled, cheerful
      Large Intestine – compassion, release
      Kidney – creative security, decisiveness
      Bladder – patience, peace
      Liver – Contentment, responsibility
      Gall Bladder – self love, humble
      Hope this helps 🙂

  6. Hi Carolyn,
    I came across this post whilst googling something that happened last night. I was nearly off to sleep when I felt an almighty “electric zap”(?) from my right outside ankle up my outer leg, outer thigh and then kind of curving in to my right hipbone where it stopped. It was pretty full on and woke me out of the nearly asleep stage. I felt like I’d been electricuted and it was kind of painful. Do you have any explanation at all?

  7. Hi Sandra,
    That’s an interesting experience. Unfortunately without actually muscle testing it’s difficult to offer any further insight, although it does sound like it’s related to the Gall Bladder Meridian. Gall Bladder time is 11pm-1am. If this happened during that time it could be an issue related to this meridian.
    Hope this helps,
    Have a wonderful day 🙂

  8. Hi , my name is Patricia , I’m interested in Meridians excercise, I think it would be beneficial for my body and at my age , often I feel my body stif, I thank you .

    1. Hi Patricia,
      Were you interested in a session to determine what would benefit you the most? If so, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] and we can discuss that further.
      Wishing you a lovely day 🙂

  9. How good of you to answer questions!
    I’m just scratching the surface of all this, but what really baffles me, is how each emotion are connected to a specific organ?
    I kind of picture in my head that each emotion has its own place in the brain, and that this area is connected to a certain organ through the meridians?
    Or are my thinking wrong all together?

    Best regards

    1. Hi Kaisa,

      Thank you for your question. It’s actually a really interesting question. The important thing to remember here is that these links between emotions and organs is not absolute. It’s what has been generally found over years of muscle testing (in the kinesiology world). So really this is a generalisation. For a more accurate picture of what emotions a person is holding on to and where it may be stored in the body, they would need a personal session with a kinesiologist. As we are all “wired” differently and process the world differently everyone is different.

      In my personal experience I would say that the above article holds true for many of my clients, but in saying that there have also been deviances from this.

      Hope this answers your question.

      Wishing you a lovely day 🙂

  10. The central meridian runs from the perineum to the crown. It is the conception vessel/meridian that runs up the front of the body.

  11. Hi Carolyn,
    I happened across your article in my search to find the meridians associated with the eyes. Specifically, in relation to each side (right & left) and the associated gender.

    I did a New Decision Therapy session yesterday which involved forgiveness looking at my eye in a mirror.

    Apparently, each eye represents a gender / bio sex.

    I was forgiving myself 1st.
    I forgave a female, while gazing in my right eye.

    A few hours later, (still now a day later) my right eye suddenly got sore, felt like pressure, and got puffy. It eventually spread to my brow bone & cheek, such that today, my right cheek looks a bit puffy. And the whole right side of my face feels super sensitive.

    I’m wondering if you can speak on any of this?

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Birgitta,

      Sorry to hear you are having issues with your eye.

      Unfortunately I don’t know much about New Decision Therapy. I would suggest, if you are still having issues to see a medical professional and also contact the person that offered you the session.

      Sending you lots of healing energy.


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