Meridian of the Month | Lungs

The Journey of the Lung Lines

The Lung meridian originates in the solar plexus region and moves downward to then meet with the large intestine. From there it moves past the stomach and diaphragm where it divides and enters the lungs. Once through the lungs, it comes back together and moves upward through the windpipe to the throat where it divides again.


This is where it moves more superficially to the front of the shoulder (LU-1). It moves over the shoulder and down the front of the arm, down the biceps and into the tendon at the elbow crease (LU-5). From there it continues down the forearm to the wrist to the base of the thumb(LU-9). The channel crosses the height of the thumb muscle to finish at the corner of the thumbnail.


The Lung Meridian | Prime Minister

The Lungs are a familiar organ in the body. We know they are critical for respiration, but what more do you know about the Lungs? In Chinese Medicine, the Lungs assist the “King” (heart) with the circulation of blood. The Lungs help flood red blood cells with oxygen. As the blood pumps through the heart and to the rest of the body these oxygen-rich cells can nourish the other various organs and body parts. The Lungs serve as a detox organ as well as they not only take in oxygen, but release carbon dioxide on our exhales. This associates our lungs with other detox organs: the Large Intestine and the skin. The nose is known as the “gate of the breath” and enables us to take our deepest breaths. When we breathe through our mouths, we are not able to take in as much oxygen and our breath stays fairly shallow. When we breathe through our nose, we can fill up to the lungs capacity (belly-ribs-chest ring a bell?), which helps to activate our rest and digest mode – the parasympathetic nervous system.


Another common name for the Lung meridian is “the priest” because of its role in establishing the foundation of Qi for the entire body. Breath and pulse, blood and energy are critical elements to Qigong, or Chinese breathing exercises. The Lung meridian absorbs the vital breath, which flows through the meridian system. When we breathe with intention, we take in this energy and it works to dissolve blockages throughout the entire circulation of Qi through the meridians.

Several specific physical symptoms that may point to an imbalance include: difficulty breathing, coughing, clogged pores, runny/stuffed nose, etc.


The Lung meridian is associated with the element Metal and is supported clean air, good hydration, Qigong, and a stable family upbringing.


There are 11 points along this meridian line. Every meridian has a yin or yang counterpart or complimentary meridian. The Lung lines are yin and the Large Intestine lines are the yang counterpart that also share the Metal element. The active season for the Lung meridian is autumn and the time of day the meridian is most active is between 3am-5am. The color that represents this meridian is pure white.

IMBALANCE

BALANCE (never 100%)

Grief

Pleasure

Sadness

Happiness

Depression

Contented

Try this simple acupressure point to activate your Lung Qi!

Lung 1 (LU-1) is the first acupuncture point along the meridian pathway that is accessible for pressure. Simply take the thumb of one hand to the opposite shoulder and glide the thumb down over the collar bone into the hollow space. You will likely feel the edge of the deltoid muscle. Apply steady pressure or circular motions. Repeat on other side.



Yin Postures for the Lung Meridian

Just as the Lungs take in qi from the sky, they also relate to our ability to take in, process and filter out what is not needed. After every inhale we must exhale. Enjoy this wonderful healing yin yoga sequence as it focuses on your Lung meridians.


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With love + gratitude, Amanda

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