Energy Flow for Better Health
by Felicia Zadok
Just as the planet has pathways, so does the human body. We have energy pathways that are also called meridians. These meridians carry the energy flow or Qi (pronounced Chee) through our physical anatomy. When the Qi flows freely the body remains healthy. But if we do not take care, the flow can become blocked by physical, emotional or mental pain. It is more likely that a combination of all three occurs, since it has been found that they are all interdependent.
Due to outside causes like a lack of movement, dietary issues, anxiety and stress, the body’s meridians can become clogged or stagnant. When a blockage occurs along the meridians, illness can take hold. It is for this reason that it is important one keeps their pathways clear and healthy so that Qi flows easily.
There are many ways to do this. I have introduced you to one of the many ways, the practice of GiGong, in a previous article. https://aeawave.org/Articles-More/Better-Health/ArtMID/1614/ArticleID/164/QiGong-The-Basics-of-Breath
Today I will introduce you to three other methods: acupuncture, acupressure and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also referred to as tapping. Each of these work by stimulating energy points along the meridians.
Our meridian system is our energetic distribution network. It is made up of 12 main meridians, which are distributed symmetrically on both sides of the body and are paired with a corresponding internal organ.
1. Lung meridian
2. Stomach meridian
3. Heart meridian
4. Small intestine meridian
5. Bladder meridian
6. Kidney meridian
7. Pericardium (thin sac that surrounds the heart) meridian
8. Triple burner-warmer-heater meridian (runs from the ring finger up to the ears)
9. Gallbladder meridian
10. Spleen meridian
11. Liver meridian
12. Large Intestine meridian
In addition, there are eight minor meridians called the “Eight Extraordinary Meridians”. These meridians have very specific functions of their own, though they do not have specific points. They are not tied to the body’s organ system; they work as assistants to the 12 main meridians for the flow and connectivity of Qi.
Acupuncture is an ancient method of Chinese medicine. Micro-fine needles are placed into specific acupoints to stimulate blood flow, cause vessels to dilate and release endorphins in the body, hence promoting a better Qi. These points can be found on different areas of our meridians. The points where the needles are placed are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This in turn releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
The needles are left in place on the body for 15 minutes to a half hour, during which time the practitioner may manipulate the needles in order to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Over a period of time, one might need to return to their practitioner to have a procedure repeated.
Some of the most powerful acupoints are found in our ears. Auriculotherapy is the name given to this specific form of acupuncture focusing on the points in the ears. Small “press-tacks” are typically placed in different acupoints and left there for a number of days or until they fall off naturally.
Acupuncture has been found to help with musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others), nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hormonal balance and dental issues. It has even been used to assist with slowing down facial aging.
Acupressure, similar to acupuncture, is a method of sending a signal to the body to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. This treatment, also used for Qi stagnation, addresses the whole of a person – mind, body and spirit. It helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow of Qi, thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.
Unlike the needles used in acupuncture, acupressure uses pressure from the hands and fingers on the acupoints to stimulate the flow of Qi and often is used to help relax the bodies muscles. Most individuals will go to a professional masseuse to have this method of healing done, though one can apply acupressure to areas of their own body.
A simple way to stimulate the flow of Qi is to press firmly with a finger, or the knuckles of the hand in a circular motion, or to use a firm but gentle up-and-down movement for several minutes, on the points in conjunction with where an ailment is occurring. This does not necessarily mean that using acupressure on one’s head is the only connection one has to reduce the headache.
For example: There is an area that one can massage in between the thumb and pointer. This area is also related to one’s digestion. When there is an issue with digestion, often a headache might occur. When massaging acupoints, try to relax in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Let us remember how important the breath is to our energy therefore to our health.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a healing technique created by Gary Craig. It has sometimes been referred to as psychological acupressure. Dr. Callahan was the originator of the tapping method, or Thought Field Therapy, and Gary Craig added a more effective and comprehensible sequence to it for the everyday person to use on their own. Just as with acupuncture and acupressure EFT also works with specific points connected to the meridian system. By tapping on the specific points using firm but gentle finger ‘taps’, the meridians are stimulated and the blocked energy releases and starts flowing again.
Unlike acupuncture and acupressure, this method is not only physical but also uses verbal affirmations. Each affirmation begins with the two words – “Even though…” This is followed with a statement associated to what is being worked through physically, emotionally or both. Then finished with the statement, “I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
This method of healing the body is growing popular with more and more people studying to become practitioners. There are the eight main tapping points and a basic sequence that is followed. The tapping is done to send calming signals to the amygdala of the brain.
- Karate Chop point – small intestine meridian
- Eyebrow point – bladder and stomach meridian
- Side of eye point – triple warmer meridian, gall bladder meridian, small intestine meridian
- Under the eye point – stomach meridian
- Under nose point – governing meridian, large intestine meridian
- Chin point – central or conception meridian, stomach meridian
- Collarbone point – kidney meridian
- Under arm point – spleen meridian
- Top of head – governing meridian
Remember, whatever method you choose it is important to keep the Qi flowing freely so you can live a healthy and happy existence.
Felicia Zadok is a New York-based Personal Development Coach and ordained Melchizedek Priest. She has been a group fitness instructor for over twenty years, certified with both ACE and AEA. A fun fact about her – she is also a professionally certified foot reader.