The Liver Meridian
The liver is called the “Chief of Staff” or the “General”. This is in part because the liver transforms nutrients into usable substances that the body uses for energy. The liver is also called this because it detoxifies the blood.
The liver meridian oversees ligaments and tendons. Hypertension and the inability to relax can be caused by an imbalance in the liver meridian.
What does the Liver Do?
The liver does a lot! More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver. Some of the more well-known functions include the following:
- Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion
- Production of certain proteins for blood plasma
- Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body (hormones are also made from cholesterol)
- Plays an important role in blood sugar management by converting excess glucose into glycogen and stores it to be used later
- Regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins
- Processing of haemoglobin for use of its iron content (the liver stores iron)
- Conversion of poisonous ammonia to urea (urea is an end product of protein metabolism and is excreted in the urine)
- Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
- Regulating blood clotting
- Resisting infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream (the liver can be considered an immune organ)
- Clearance of bilirubin from red blood cells. If there is an accumulation of bilirubin, the skin and eyes turn yellow.
- When the liver has broken down harmful substances, its by-products are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and leave the body in the form of faeces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys, and leave the body in the form of urine.
What are the Kinesiology Muscles for the Liver Meridian?
- Pectoralis Major Sternal (in the chest)
- Rhomboids (mid back)
Common imbalances in the Liver Meridian
- Tension in neck and shoulders
- Eye conditions
- Digestive issues especially after eating fats
- Itchy skin
- Dark urine colour
- Pale stool colour
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Tendency to bruise easily
- Hormone imbalance
Balancing the Liver Meridian using the BEES
The BEES stand for Biochemical, Emotional, Electrical, Structural. These 4 areas are the focus of a Kinesiology therapy.
The focus for biochemically balancing the liver is to ensure effective clearance of toxic waste, healthy microbiome function, blood sugar balancing and stress reduction.
Diet balances include balancing macronutrients, especially carbohydrates and avoiding processed sugar.
Muscle Testing for Supplements
If a liver muscle is imbalanced (often unlocking when challenged in a muscle test), we muscle test supplements to find what will strengthen the circuit.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine 5 Element Theory, the liver 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”.
The liver meridian’s time is between 11 p.m.- 1 a.m. at night. Clients with an imbalance in this meridian will often wake up around this time.
The liver meridian is connected to muscles in the back and chest so a slumped chest and / or a tight mid thoracic are signs of a liver meridian imbalance.
- Tight back (thoracic)
- Slumped chest
- Tension in neck and shoulders
To balance the liver meridian structurally, it is recommended to
- Avoid underwire bras that dig into the neurolymphatic area for the liver (and stomach) muscles
- Stretch the back and strengthen the pec muscles