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Lungs - (Hand Taiyin) 11 meridian pressure points
Direction of meridian - Chest to hand, downward
Emotion that disrupts metal element - Grief or Sadness
The lungs are known as the meridian energy master, because the lungs main job is to govern and regulate qi energy. The lungs are in charge of air energy, or chest chi (kong qi) by "exhaling the old and absorbing the new".
Energetically the lungs have a close relationship with the stomach/spleen (and kidneys) because the stomach collects and prepares food, then passes food chi and fluid energy onto the spleen to be refined into segments of energy, the segments consist of qi (forming a fine qi energy mist (pure fluid) moving up to the lungs), blood (forming gu chi a denser fluid for the heart) and impure fluids.
The light mist chi energetic's is taken from ingested food and sent to the lungs to be mixed with air qi energy that is breathed in, the mix is next merged with pure energy from the kidneys, and the total concoction becomes Zong chi (known as true qi), which is energetically distributed throughout the body.
True Chi, Ying Chi and Wei Chi
True chi energy is made up of two parts, ying chi (more yin) and wei chi (more yang).
Ying chi's job is to nourish the internal organs, and moves through the body in with blood via the jing-luo channels.
When an acupuncture needle or when acupressure, aromatherapy, reflexology, hypnotherapy is applied then healing ying (nutrient) chi is activated (in different degrees depending on the therapy, skill application and the therapist's qi).
Ying chi maintains and nourishes the organs, moving through each meridian every two hours.
Wei Chi (wei chi has a close, similarity with cortisol)
Wei chi is a protecting, armoring qi that stops, controls and eliminates attacking external pathogens (wind, fire, summer heat, damp, dryness, cold etc) and some internal diseases.
Wei qi regulates cold and heat by opening and closing the skins pores, allowing sweat to cool the body by opening the skins pores, and closing pores to keep in any heat, wei qi flow is controlled by the lungs via the breath and moves though the body (surface and internal) through 50 cycles over a 24 hour period, the wei qi energy cycle is split into two (25 times in the day-external, and 25 time during the night-internal) time zones and metaphysical areas.
Midnight and Midday Wei Chi
Midnight to midday (yang) wei chi moves from inside to the outside slowly protecting the external, whilst midday to midnight wei qi starts to from outside move inside (yin), armoring and protecting the internal organs.
Brain and Lungs
The brain has a duel control over the lungs, in so much that the lungs can breathe automatically or the breathing process can come under conscious control, what this means is controlling the breath gives a certain amount of control over qi energy of the internal organs (see meditation of the Lungs and Heart) encouraging ying and wei qi strengthening.
Note: any disruption in this process (poor diet, lack of breath exercises, bad air quality or dysfunctional kidney qi) can cause imbalance which may be indicated by the presence of a mental of physical illness.
Paired Meridians Lungs and Large intestines - Metal Element.
Meditation and the Lungs/Heart
TCM - Lung Diseases
Lung Yin/Yang deficiency and excess, deficiency of Lung qi, deficiency of Lung yin, Lungs attacked by wind and cold, cold deficient Lungs, Lungs obstructed by phlegm and dampness, Wind/heat attacking the Lungs, Lung fire (hot), Dry lungs.
Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances (what to look for)
The lungs release or expel the old, old thoughts, old emotions, old obsessive ways, old sadness and old grief, but to let go of the old the lungs have to empty (to become full one must first become empty) to become full with the new, expelling the old, anxious obsessive emotional breathing patterns being replaced with new, breathing in the now, emotional breath patterns changes the emotional content of the moment especially if the breath has learnt to access being in the moment.
Part of the lungs (and large intestines) job is to let go of things, sort out the waste from the usable, eliminate toxic waste and use the good, the mind uses this process too but can be fooled to into letting negativity stay within in the mind/body tainting the thoughts and feelings.
Fire Controls Metal
The heart (and small intestines), fire element emotional energy, shen has a controlling affect on the metal element. (lungs/large intestine), and if the metal element (shen) energy is weak (or weakened), the mental energy could produce feelings of loss (grief) and the (previously repressed) baggage that comes along with grief (deep sadness) could take control, it can be a lonely place to be emotionally (constantly grieving).
If you learn to be (being) at one with yourself (partly through the freedom of deep controlled breathing) how can you not eventually achieve some kind of peace.
Note: Negative feelings and emotions are the opposite to positive feelings and emotions, the negative has its place, recognizing negativity allows us to learn, let go (the opposite to holding on) and be more open to all that is good because we can recognize the bad (emotion and feeling) moments, arming ourselves against its (holding on too tightly is negative) pain.
The lungs open to the nose warming and cleansing the air as it enters the body, its energy working with the heart like the lungs and heart are holding hands, peaceful breathing whilst listening with an internal ear (meditation) will help to bring relief to anxious breathing patterns that makes the heart stressfully beat faster and stronger, mindful control of the breath can help let go of anxious thoughts (grief, obsessions, clinging to the old) of the past (that will never happen again), of the present (slow deep breathing is an emotional helper) and of the future (correct breathing helps let go of learned, expectation future pain by focus breath in the moment "being").
Emotion of Breath
Western Medical Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances - Anxiety
Anxiety is the Body's Alarm System
Unresolved anger issues lead to anxiety, which can have long-term mind/body life changing and challenging effects.
Signs of Anxiety
Immediate effects of anxiety might include dizziness, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle pain, muscle tension, headaches, and problems with concentration and memory.
Anxious symptoms can make it difficult to perform routine tasks and can add to generalized anger about life.
Long-term anxiety can pose dangerous risks to physical and emotional states. Individuals who suffer from prolonged bouts of anxiety can be at a greater risk for strokes, serious memory loss, chronic sleep disorders and problems with keeping and forming relationships.
Western Medical Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances - Grief
Grief is the natural coping emotion for loss that is felt by most sentient beings, greif can show itself at different levels, strengths and times depending what the grief is about and any triggers involved that will develop or prolong any grieving emotional states into an unhappy, painful life.
Prolonged Grief (complicated grief)
Prolonged grief is a disorder when a traumatic relieving, grieving process extends further than six months, this emotional state has a tendency to affect more women than it does men.
Cause of Grief
Some of the causes of grief can happen from a loved one dying, break up of a relationship, losing a job, loss of any friendships or attachments that has had any real, significant, emotional life meaning.
Indications of Grief
Not being able to cope with grief can show itself through the presence of depression, thoughts of suicide, and unable to complete or manage everyday tasks and situations.
Signs of Grief
Signs of grieving are normal for a short period of time which can be seen as a natural healthy process, the acute symptoms of grief are normally the same as prolonged grief, which is considered unhealthy
Mental: preoccupation with loss, anger, unable to be joyful, detachment, depression, numbness, feeling bitter with increasing irritability.
Physical: chest pains, stomach pains with digestive problems (flight), headaches, muscle soreness and fatigue.
"Over worry impairs the lungs (metal), joy subdues worry"
Brief Lung Western Medical Anatomy and Actions
The primary organs of respiration are the lungs, the lungs situated in the upper part of the body (chest), the left lung is smaller than the right lung (the heart space is required below the left lung).
The lungs action is to take oxygen, energy, minerals and vitamins from the atmosphere (nitrogen,oxygen, co2 and other gases ), clean the oxygen etc, and exchange essence into the bloodstream on an inhalation (in breath), release or transfer carbon dioxide (co2, water vapor and any other) waste from the bloodstream on an exhalation (out breath).
Muscles and Respiration
Lung respiration is helped by various muscular systems, the diaphragm is the main lung movement helper, which is a large flat muscle situated across the internal body below the lungs. The diaphragms action is to move up and down like a bellows (voluntarily or involuntarily) which can encourage deep breathing through strong controlled movement to produce shallow or deep respiration and exhalation.
The muscles and organs are fed oxygenated blood via the arterial system and any movement of muscles (walking, lifting etc) and blood pressure from the heart muscle encourage or pump blood through the blood system, back to the heart via the veins (venous system) as oxygen energy (aerobic - "with air") is processed for use by the body systems.
Lung disorders (the most common cause of lung disease is smoking)
Asthma, bronchitis (COPD), cancer, emphysema, fibrosing alveolitis (fribrosis), sarcoidosis, tuberculosis.
Note: Deep controlled (un-forced) breathing can help bring relief to anxiety and many emotional problems.
Large Intestine (TCM)
Large Intestine - (Hand Yangming) 20 meridian pressure points
Direction of meridian - Hand to head, upward
Emotion that disrupts metal element - Grief
Known as the official of transportation the large intestine receives impure fluids and wastes from the small intestine to be refined even more, with the most impure eventually being excreted from the body and the less impure re-circulated. "The large intestine absorbs the the pure and excretes the impure" and is the "Controller of the Drainage of Dregs" (along with the sanjiao).
More about the lungs and large intestines Metal Element.
TCM - Large Intestine Diseases
Large intestine Yin/Yang deficiency and excess, damp heat in the Large intestine, Large intestine fluid exhaustion.
Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances (what to look for)
The large intestine is a place to let go of mental waste (excreting all the bad or dirty) such as anxieties, phobias, obsessions (cleaning obsession etc) and over thinking (ruminating).
The heart emotional energy, shen has a controlling effect on metal element (large intestine), and its energy could be weak thus obsessions and over thinking becomes out of control.
Emotion of Breath
Western Medical Mental Process and Emotional Imbalances - Anxiety/Grief
The mind and body are unquestionably connected, when the mind finds itself in the grip of high anxiety it will want to get away, away from the pain of the situation (flight).
Hormones are flooded into the systems when the body goes into flight, to give as much energy and power to the muscles to run away, but these hormones also tell the large intestine to dump any feces within the system, uncontrollably to lighten the body and direct large intestine energy into the lungs and muscles to help with flight.
Sudden grief can have the same affect on the body as anxiety.
Episodes of diseases such as Crohn's disease (immune disease), fistula, ulcerative colitis (inflammation-yang), irritable bowel syndrome etc can be provoked by emotional anxiety and grief, these emotions can create a cycle of fear, which causes anxiety sometimes stopping the sufferer from doing and completing tasks, controlled relaxation may sometimes help in such cases.
"Over worry impairs the lungs (metal), joy subdues worry"
Brief Large Intestine Western Medical Anatomy and Actions
The large intestine is the terminal part of the gastrointestinal tract, and is one place along the gastrointestinal tract where body processed food has any good, left over liquid separated from the stool formed from waste, and taken back into the body. The waste that is left over (stool) is evacuated from the body via the anus.
The large intestine is connected to the small intestine cecum, via the ileocecal valve, and continues as the ascending colon on the right side of the abdomen up to below the diaphragm, it then turns to go across the width of the abdominal cavity from right to left, becoming and known as the transverse colon, once the colon reaches the left side it bends and turns downwards, following the left hand side of the abdominal cavity to descend (descending colon) through the urogenital floor to the rectum into the anal canal, anal sphincter.
Generally a full grown persons large intestine is approximately 1.5 metres (5 ft) long.
Large intestine disorders
Colitis, constipation, Crohn's disease (immune disease), fistula, ulcerative colitis (inflammation), irritable bowel syndrome, faecal incontinence, coeliac disease, diarrhoea , diverticular disease, cancer, megacolon.
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