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This blog includes a variety of tips that support the health and vitality of the liver & gallbladder meridian system. Use these tips in-between appointments in order to maximize your well being and healing process.
Liver & Gallbladder Functions
While many of the organ functions overlap and are similar, there are significant differences between how Eastern and Western medicine view them.
Functions according to Western Medicine
• Produces proteins necessary to form clots
• Neutralizes and removes toxins from foods, medications and drugs
• Filters blood from arteries and digestive tract
• Creates bilirubin, which aids in the breakdown of old red blood cells
• Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
• Creates blood cells in emergency circumstances
• Stores essential nutrients such as Vitamins K, D, B12, and Iron
• Removes ammonia from body fluids and secretes it in urine
• Produces bile and other substances to aid in the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates
• Stores and releases bile
Functions according to Chinese Medicine
• Stores blood
• Governs emotional states
• Helps regulate menstruation
• Regulates the smooth flow of Qi
• Influences our capacity for organizing and planning
• Influences digestive functions of the Stomach and Spleen
• Controls muscular activity, including the flexibility and agility of tendons and ligaments
• Houses the “Hun,” which is similar to the concept of soul or spirit
• Influences our quality and length of sleep
• Controls judgment and the capacity to make decisions
Physical and emotional Symptoms associated with the liver & gallbladder meridians when they are out of balance:
• Nausea and/or vomiting, Abdominal bloating, Acid reflux,
• Blurry and/or weak vision, Floaters in front of eyes
•Constipation, Flatulence, Hemorrhoids, Right side abdominal pain
• Irregular menstruation, Breast tenderness
• Lack of flexibility,Stiff neck and/or shoulders, Stiff muscles
• Menstrual cramps/ PMS
• Weak and/or brittle nails
• Aggressive behavior, Anger, Impatience, Irritability, Bitterness, Frustration
• Negative outlook, Resentment
• Inability to plan or organize, Indecision
• Over-fastidious planning
• Rigid and inflexible attitude
Dietary advise to support our liver & gallbladder :
Food to Add
• Applesauce, Lychees, Plums, Pomegranates, Quinces, Blackberries,
• Artichokes, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Cucumbers, Leeks
• Basil, Chives, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary,
• Beef, Chicken livers, Sausage
• Black-eyed peas, Green lentils, Mung beans, Sesame seeds
• Gou Qi Zhi berries, Burdock, Hawthorn fruit, Kefir, Kelp, Nori, Sorrel
•Salty foods, Sour foods, Sweets
Food to Avoid
• Alcohol, Coffee
• Barbecued foods, Red meat (excess)
• Canned soup, Canned veggies
• Fatty foods, Potato chips
• Nuts, Pretzels
• Frozen dinners
If Damp Heat, Avoid:
• Baked goods,
• citrus fruit, fruit juice,
• fermented food, spicy and pungent food,
• vinegar, yeast bread
DIY Acupressure Points
This section provides you with the most effective points for the liver & gallbladder. Rubbing acupressure points 30-60 seconds can stimulate and promote health and well-being.
Location: On the top of the foot, in the depression between where the first and second metatarsal bones meet.
Functions: Used for dizziness, headaches, vertigo, epilepsy, painful and/or blurry eyes, irregular menstruation, depression, uterine bleeding and prolapse, urine retention, genital pain, frequent sighing, and insomnia.
DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY.
Location: Directly below the lower
part of the rib cage, at the free end of
the eleventh rib.
Functions: regulates digestion, relieves, nausea, gurgling noise , indigestion and diarrhea, and supports the function of the Spleen.
Location: Midway between the middle of the throat and the highest point of the shoulder, on top of the trapezius muscle.
Functions: Used for impairment of the shoulder and arm, stiffness and pain of the neck, shoulders and upper back. Also for cough, depression, difficult labor, uterine bleeding, breast pain and abscess. Stimulates the flow of breast
DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY.
Location: Below the outside of the knee, in the depression, just off the shin bone. Approximately 1 inch anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula.
Functions: Used to relax the tendons and joints, treats numbness of the leg, stiffness of the neck, shoulder and elbow, swelling and pain of the knees, face and head. Also for Gallbladder problems, jaundice, hypochondriac pain, constipation, and vomiting.
Location: Approximately 3 inches above the outside ankle bone.
Functions: Used for stiffness and pain of the neck, hips, knees and lower legs. Treats sciatica, ankle sprain, headaches, dizziness, nosebleed, fullness of the chest and abdomen, cough, hemorrhoids, mania and anxiety.
Eliminate anger and frustration:
Sit comfortably on a chair with your back erect.
Place your right hand on your lap, palm up, and your left hand on top of it, palm up.
Close your eyes and focus your attention just under your right rib cage, where your Liver sits.
Imagine it glowing with a bright, grass-green light.
As you slowly inhale, raise your arms out to the side, palms up, and move them up and over your head.
Now your palms are facing each other. As you exhale, gently press your teeth together saying the sound “SHHH”, and lower your arms back to the starting position. Pronounce the “SHHH” sound until you have completely exhaled and your abdomen has been pulled in.
Relax and repeat.
Liver & Gallbladder Meridians Exercises
These are specific exercises for the activation of the body’s own energy systems. Each pose was specifically chosen because it has the greatest impact upon the healthy functioning of the liver & gallbladder.
Hip Raise Pose
1) While lying on your back, bend your knees, keeping feet flat on the floor. Grab hold of your ankles and pull them close to your buttocks.
2) As you inhale, raise your hips and pelvis up, and roll your shoulders underneath you. Lift your thighs up as well. Tighten and contract your buttocks muscles. Hold this pose for a few deep breaths.
3) As you exhale, relax your muscles and lower
4) Repeat a few times. When you are finished, let go of your ankles and relax completely on your back.
Gather the Moon Pose
1) Stand with your feet spread shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Keep your arms hanging at your sides and shoulders relaxed.
2) With an inhalation, raise your arms out to the side and up over your head with palms facing each other. Keep arms shoulder-width apart. Exhale and relax your shoulders, but keep your arms raised.
On your next exhalation, bend your body at the waist, as far to the right as possible.
Do not bend forward.
Keep your arms straight and knees slightly bent.
3) Exhale and extend the left arm, stretching the left side of your body. Inhale into the left side. Hold this pose for a few deep breaths. Exhale and gently return to an upright position.
4) Keeping your arms up, inhale and stretch your arms upward. With a strong exhale, bend your knees and squat like you are sitting in a chair. Inhale and stand up straight.
Repeat for the opposite side.
Side Bend Pose
1) Sit on the floor with both legs extended out to your sides. Keep your knees straight.
2) Clasp your hands up over your head with your palms turned upwards.
3) Inhale and stretch your arms up as high as they will go.
4) While exhaling, bend toward the right side at the waist as if you are trying to get the right elbow to touch the right knee, while keeping your left elbow pointing upward to the sky. Stretch as far as you can without causing discomfort.
5) Inhale into the side of your body that is facing up,
and exhale sinking deeper toward your leg.
6) Inhale, return to center and stretch your arms
upward. Upon exhalation, repeat for the opposite
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As mentionned above this blog is designed to give you tools to enhance your Liver & Gallbladder wellness .
Please remember to use these tips in-between appointments in order to maximize your well being and healing process.
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