According to Chinese medicine theory, our body consists of an energy network called the meridian system. There are twelve regular meridians that make up the main part of the meridian system. The twelve meridians have a lateral and symmetrical distribution on the head, face, trunk and limbs, distribute symmetrically on both sides of the body and are paired throughout the body and maintain the physical, mental and spiritual balance.
Our Qi or circulating life force is more prevalent in different meridians at different times. As the picture shows, for example, from 3 am to 5 am, Qi mainly flows through the Lung Meridian and enters the Large Intestine Meridian at 5 am-7 am, and then the Stomach Meridian from 7 am-9 am. In this way, the meridian cycle is continuous as the Qi flows through the body starting from the abdominal area to arms, head, then down to toes, and back to the abdominal area over and over.
1. Lung Meridian (3 am to 5 am)
The Lung Meridian originates from the abdominal area, then runs downwards connecting with the large intestines. It then goes upwards and passes through the diaphragm to connect with the lungs. It branches out from the armpit and runs down along the thumb side to the tip of the thumb.
When Lung Qi is weak, people might wake up regularly from 3 am to 5 am, sigh frequently and may suffer from a cold, asthma, allergies, wheezing or coughing (lung symptoms).
The Lung Meridian is more directly involved with grief. Normal and healthy grief expressed as sobbing originates in the depths of the lungs and expresses itself through deep breaths and the expulsion of air with the sobs. Chronic unexpressed grief can create disharmony in the lungs and weaken the Lung Qi. This in turn can interfere with the lung’s role of circulating Qi around the body.
Techniques to assist the Lung Meridian can be done by:
- Letting one arm relax naturally and turning the palm forward.
- With the other hand, pat, beginning at the upper chest, then moving down the shoulder, along the outer side of the arm, all the way down to the tip of the thumb.
Doing this can assist in stimulating Lung Qi and nourish the Lung Meridian.
Foods that are nourishing for lungs include sesame, honey, apples, papayas, almonds and pears.