The Small Intestine Meridian

Is an important meridian and is responsible for receiving food during the digestion process, the small intestine is known as the “Minister of Reception.” It separates impurities from the food before passing waste on.

The small intestine meridian is responsible for digestion but also pairs with the heart meridian in the 5-element model. It controls the basic emotions and the Chinese Medicine equates to “a broken heart” equalling “broken intestines.” The meridian also works with the pituitary gland, also known as the “master gland,” to regulate growth and the endocrine system.

Imbalance in the small intestine meridian can cause pain in the abdomen, poor absorption of nutrients and lead to poor reasoning ability and restlessness.

What does the Small Intestine Do?

The small intestine is the part of the intestine that runs from the stomach through to the large intestine. The end of the small intestine is the ileocecal valve, an important mechanism in the digestion that Kinesiology practitioners are trained to correct.
The small intestine breaks down food from the stomach and absorbs much of the nutrients from the food.

The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine. The main role of the duodenum is to complete the first phase of digestion.

After food is broken down in the duodenum, it moves into the jejunum, where the inside walls absorb the food’s nutrients. The ileum is the third part of the small intestine. It absorbs vitamin B12 and bile acids (produced by the liver, stored and excreted by the gall bladder).

What are the Kinesiology Muscles for the Small Intestine Meridian?

  • Quadriceps (front of the thigh)
  • Abdominals (trunk of the body) including rectus, obliques, transverse and lower abdominals

Common imbalances in the Small Intestine Meridian

  • Knee problems
  • Rising from sitting down
  • Crohn’s disease (autoimmune) of the ileum
  • Malabsorption
  • Celiac disease (autoimmune and gluten allergy)
  • IBS
  • Constipation/Diarrhoea
  • SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)
Common Imbalances - Small Intestine Meridian
Common Imbalances - Small Intestine Meridian

Balancing the Small Intestine Meridian using the’ BEES’

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


Biochemical Balancing

Our focus with Kinesiology for biochemically balancing the small intestine is to eliminate food intolerances and anti-nutrients including wheat, milk and processed foods.

Lifestyle recommendations for the small intestine include:

  • eating healthy fibre from vegetables
  • eating healthy fats (provides slip in the intestine and support for the liver / gall bladder)
  • drinking water

Muscle Testing for Supplements

If a small intestine muscle is imbalanced (often unlocking when challenged in a muscle test), we muscle test food supplements to see what brings the muscle back to strength.

Emotional Balancing

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the small intestine meridian belongs to the ‘Fire’ element which is the emotion of sadness and joy. Clients with a small intestine meridian imbalance often experience a lack confidence in themselves and joy. An important part of a Kinesiology therapy is to address emotional blocks and identifying what that individual needs to help them restore to good health.

Electrical Balancing

The small intestine meridian in the Chinese clock is 1 pm – 3 pm.

Clients with an imbalance in this meridian will often experience indigestion or an imbalance in appetite at this time.

Structural Balancing

The small intestine meridian is connected to muscles in the legs and core. Beer Belly’s or tight hamstrings are indicators that the small intestine meridian is imbalanced.

  • Tight back (thoracic) because the abdominals are not strengthened
  • Painful knees or hamstrings

To balance the small intestine meridian structurally, it is recommended to

  • Strengthen the abdominals by massaging the sagittal suture (the hairline at the top of the head)
Sagittal Suture
Sagittal Suture