The Lung Meridian
The lung meridian is referred to as the “Prime Minister” in Traditional Chinese Medicine and assists with controlling energy and circulating the blood. It is the yin organ that partners the yang large intestine. The lungs control the skin and perspiration and are known for creating radiant energy. The lungs also connect the mind to the body via breathing. During bereavement and loss often the lung meridian will test weak.
What the Lungs Do?
Our whole body is reliant on oxygen. The air we breathe contains oxygen and other gases. Once in the lungs, oxygen is moved into the bloodstream and carried through the body.
At each cell in your body, oxygen is exchanged for a waste gas called carbon dioxide. Your bloodstream then carries this waste gas back to the lungs where it is removed from the bloodstream and exhaled. In addition to gas exchange, your respiratory system performs other roles including protecting your body from pathogens. This is done by coughing, sneezing, filtering, or swallowing them as well as supporting your sense of smell.
What are the Kinesiology Muscles for the Lung Meridian?
- Deltoids (shoulders)
- Coracobrachialis (connects arm and the chest)
- Anterior Serratus (muscle around the ribs)
Common imbalances in the Lung Meridian
Common issues we see with an imbalance in the lung meridian are
- Asthma or breathing difficulties
- Poor immune function
- Tight chest
- Anxiety or shallow breathing due to stress
- Coughs and colds
Balancing the Lung Meridian using the BEES
The BEES stand for Biochemical, Emotional, Electrical, Structural. These 4 areas are the focus of a Kinesiology therapy.
Our focus in Kinesiology is to reduce inflammation and mucus if present.
We do this by eliminating food intolerances, reducing mucus forming foods, increasing antioxidants vitamins and using herbs to balance inflammation.
Muscle Testing for Supplements
If a lung 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 lung belongs to the ‘Metal’ element which is the emotion of grief, letting go, guilt and regret.
Clients with a lung imbalance can be teary, struggle to move forward in life and hold on to the past. Some of the other emotional issues linked to the lung intestine meridian include
- fuzzy thinking
- closed to new ideas
- difficulty coping with change
- sense of alienation or aloneness
- difficulty letting go of things, places, people, experiences, the past
Emotional work for the lung meridian includes building resilience inside and not looking outside of self for purpose or meaning.
The lung meridian’s time is 3 a.m. – 5 a.m. in the morning. Clients with an imbalance in this meridian will often wake and not be able to get back to sleep at this time.
The lung meridian is connected to muscles mainly in the upper part of the body and through the shoulders, therefore it is common to see the following postural misalignments with an imbalanced lung;
- Tight shoulders
- Collapsed chest
To balance the lung structurally, it is recommended to
- Breathe deeply and slowly
- Stretch the chest