Meridian is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy which depicts that the life energy, qi (pronounced, ‘chi’), flows through absolute paths in the human body known as meridians. When there are blockages in these points medical conditions, occur. Treating these points in a natural and non-invasive way in an attempt to open the blocked pathways so that the life energy could flow efficiently is known as meridian therapy.
What Are Meridians?
According to TCM, the human body, similar to the blood circulation system, has another virtual circulation system integrated into it, and it is known as a bio-energy circulation system. This bio-energy flows through 12 main channels located on each side of the body, and these channels are called Meridians. Each pair of meridians is attributed to a particular organ in the body.
What Causes Ailments According To Meridian System?
Apart from the 12 meridian pairs, there is another pair that runs through the center of the body; one runs in front while the other runs through the spinal cord. This meridian pair has numerous points located on them. Each of these points acts as a bio-energy power station and transfers the bio-energy through the 12 channels across the human body. If there are any energy flow imbalances (qi imbalances), or qi blockages, the bio-energy flow is tampered resulting in various medical conditions.
How the Arthritis Pain Relief from Meridian Therapy?
As mentioned earlier, when the qi energy weakens and does not flow with optimum capacity as it should be, or if the qi energy flows due to the blockages in meridians, medical conditions may occur.
In this article, we will discuss the most common medical condition that occurs due to the weak flow/blockage of qi energy, “arthritis.” Most North Americans, as well as many people all over the world, are suffering from this ailment for many years now. According to TCM, meridian therapy can help improve this medical condition naturally.
It is derived from the Greek word ‘arthroitis,’ in which ‘arthro’ meaning joints and ‘it is,’ meaning inflammation. There are numerous types of arthritis as per modern medicine, but one thing common in all of them is, “joint pains.”And this pain is caused due to the inflammation occurring in and around the joints.
According to the TCM, arthritis is caused due to inadequate liver blood or low body fluids or as a result of absorbing cold, heat, wind and damp from outside into the body. When the body begins to catch these external factors, they get lodged in the body and especially, into the joints leading to arthritis.
For example, absorption of damp and heat into the joints causes gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Whereas, uptake of the wind, wet and cold combined with the deficiency in liver blood, causes osteoarthritis.
Treating Arthritis Naturally – TCM And Meridian Therapy
- Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes before going to bed: As mentioned earlier, the 12 channels or meridians, all of them carrying the Qi energy which travel across the body, either start or end at the feet. By soaking your feet in the hot water, you will be able to open the meridian pathways that were blocked due to absorption of heat, cold, wind, and damp. Adding salt to the hot water a couple of times every week can produce even better results because salt is an excellent detoxification as well as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Avoid cheese, milk, and sweets: All these foods are capable of increasing the meridian blockages and block the lymphatic drainages, even more, causing the Qi energy to move even more slowly. This may eventually result in fatigue, irritation, discomfort, and pains. It is advised that you consume thin soups, almond milk without sugar, steamed, stir-fried, boiled and baked foods. There is no need for you to avoid cheese, milk, and sweets for lifelong, but for a period, till the pain falls and your health improves.
- Consume rich hydrated foods: It advised that people suffering from arthritis consume water-rich foods like broccoli, spinach, cucumber, carrots, okra, tomatoes, asparagus, figs, berries, grapefruit, etc., whenever possible. If inadequate Yin is the main reason for your arthritis (qi blockage depicted through the tongue and pulse), then it implicates that the body is suffering from the lack of fluids. In cases, the priority is to nourish Yin and this can only be achieved by consuming the vegetables and fruits.
- Sour-flavored foods: Patients suffering from liver blood as well as Yin deficiency should regularly try eating sheep liver and foods that are sour. At the same time, they will have to avoid spicy, grilled or fried foods which do not serve the cause. In fact, consuming spicy foods will only increase the pain because spicy food burns up all the fluids causing much more inflammation and suffering. On the other hand, consuming sour foods will have a soothing effect on the painful joints. They also help in preserving the body fluids, which otherwise can deplete faster.
By following the tips mentioned above and taking a regulated diet once can encourage the energy pathways to open and function normally. This will not only reduce meridian blockages but will also help qi energy to be much more efficient, and travel across 12 meridians in the body much more swiftly which in turn can improve many medical conditions along with arthritis.