The Gallbladder Meridian

The gallbladder meridian can be seen almost as ‘the body’s janitor’. The gallbladder stores bile from the gallbladder and secretes it to digest fats. The gallbladder meridian is responsible for daring and decisive mental states. The saying “a lot of gall,” reflects this.

What does the Gallbladder Do?

The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ in the upper right part of your abdomen. It stores bile, a fluid produced by the gallbladder that helps break down fatty foods.

The traditional medical opinion is that you don’t need a gallbladder, so surgery is often recommended to take it out if symptoms develop. However, the gallbladder plays an important role in providing bile for a healthy digestion and microbiome.

What are the Kinesiology Muscles for the Gallbladder Meridian?

  • Anterior Deltoid (in the front of the arm)
  • Popliteus (behind the knee)

Common imbalances in the Gallbladder Meridian

Symptoms of gallbladder imbalance include

  • upper abdominal pain after eating, especially righthand side
  • nausea
  • bloating
  • indigestion
  • eating a fatty meal may trigger symptoms
  • unexplained and frequent diarrhoea after meals
  • stools may become light-coloured or chalky
  • gallstones

Balancing the Gallbladder Meridian using the BEES

The BEES stand for Biochemical, Emotional, Electrical, Structural. These 4 areas are the focus of a Kinesiology therapy.


Biochemical Balancing

The focus for biochemically balancing the gallbladder starts with removing food intolerances. There is mounting research that wheat and gluten are contributing to gallbladder inflammations and disease.

Diet balances include balancing carbohydrates and avoiding processed sugar.

Muscle Testing for Supplements

Clients with a gallbladder muscle imbalances (often unlocking when challenged in a muscle test), we muscle test supplements to find what will strengthen the circuit

Emotional Balancing

In Traditional Chinese Medicine 5 Element Theory, the gallbladder belongs to the ‘Wood’ element which is the emotion of anger and resentment which can manifest as frustration, irritability, bitterness, and “flying off the handle”.

Electrical Balancing

The gallbladder meridian’s time is between 1 a.m.- 3 a.m. at night. Clients with an imbalance in this meridian will often wake up around this time.

As the meridian runs through the head three times, it is common to get headaches with a gallbladder meridian imbalance.

The gallbladder meridian begins on the outer corner of the eye. It zig-zags up and down above the ear and over the eye before running down the back of the skull. It descends down the side of the body, continuing down the outside of the leg, and ends on the outer edge of the 4th toe.

Structural Balancing

The gallbladder meridian is connected to muscles in the arms and behind the knees so painful shoulders or a compromised walking gait can be signs of a gallbladder meridian imbalance.

  • Headaches
  • Digestion issues with fats
  • RSI
  • Arm issues

To balance the gallbladder meridian structurally, it is recommended to self-massage around ribs 4-5 on the chest near the cleavage area which is the location of the gallbladder neuro-lymphatic.