Chinese Meridians


Colors associated with the meridians

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Food and the meridian

Red Heart Fire Helps immune suystem -red apples strawberries tomato beets Contain lycopenes – antioxidant protets against cancer and BP


Yellow Spleen and stomach  Earth transforms foods to energy corn yellow peppers cantaloupe pineapples  Rich in carotene vitamin A vitamin C


Green Liver Wood  Avocadoes spinach green grapes broccoli broccoli, cucumber, gourd, celery, leek, green pepper, crowndaisy chrysanthemum, lettuce, cabbage, shepherd’s purse  Rich in phytochemicals source of iron calcium vitamin K A and C

White Lung Metal Clean feeling adjust vision calm emotion – mushroom onion parsnips cauliflower shallots turnips – Contain allicin – decrease BP antiinflammatory properties and antioxidants to control cancer


Black Kidney Water Black mushroomswoodear sea cucumber centiry egg black sesame black rice  Blue and purple friots contain contain antocyanins – antioxidants


Also see

Endocrine glands – major red orange and lesser red


Heart major red minor yellow

Lungs indigo violet and yellow orange

Liver- major green and lesser orange

Gallbladder major teal – lesser red orange

Stomach Yellow and blue

Small Bowel orange yellow and green blue – teal

Colon -indigo red violet

Acupuncture Meridian Clock



Element Zang Western name Fu Western name
Wood gan liver dan gallbladder
Metal fei lung dachang large intestine
Earth pi spleen wei stomach
Fire xin heart xiaochang small intestine
Water shen kidney pangguang bladder


FIRE – this relates to the heart and small intestine meridians and concerns heat and blood circulation.

EARTH – this relates to the spleen and stomach meridians and concerns digestion, transportation and transformation of food.

METAL – this relates to the lung and large intestine meridians and concerns the control of vital energy and the receiving and discharging of the body’s waste.

WATER – this relates to the kidney and the bladder meridians and so regulates water metabolism, stores ‘jing’ (our ‘essence’ – especially our kidney essence), and helps to regulate our brain function and marrow and bones.

WOOD – this relates to the liver and gallbladder meridians which are responsible for building and storing blood, and also regulating the flow of Qi.

Acupuncture Meridian Clock

Yin Meridians Yang Meridians
3-5am: Lung (hand Taiyin) 5-7am: Large Intestine (hand Yangming)
9-11am: Spleen (foot Taiyin) 7-9am: Stomach (foot Yangming)
11am-1pm: Heart (hand Shaoyin) 1-3pm: Small Intestine (hand Taiyang)
5-7pm: Kidney (foot Shaoyin) 3-5pm: Urinary Bladder (foot Taiyang)
7-9pm: Pericardium (hand Jueyin) 9-11pm: Triple Burner (hand Shaoyang)
1-3am: Liver (foot Jueyin) 11pm-1am: Gallbladder (foot Shaoyang)

Emotions and Chinese meridians

The emotions associated with each main organ system include:

Spleen (Earth element)

  • Emotions – worry, dwelling or focusing too much on a particular topic, excessive mental work
  • Spleen Function – Food digestion and nutrient absorption. Helps in the formation of blood and energy. Keeps blood in the blood vessels. Connected with muscles, mouth, and lips. Involved in thinking, studying, and memory.
  • Symptoms of Spleen Imbalance – Tired, loss of appetite, mucus discharge, poor digestion, abdominal distension, loose stools or diarrhoea. Weak muscles, pale lips. Bruising, excess menstrual blood flow and other bleeding disorders.

Lung (Metal element)

  • Emotions – grief, sadness, detached.
  • Lung Function – Respiration. Forms energy from air, and helps to distribute it throughout the body. Works with the kidney to regulate water metabolism. Important in the immune system and resistance to viruses and bacteria. Regulates sweat glands and body hair, and provides moisture to the skin.
  • Symptoms of Lung Imbalance – Shortness of breath and shallow breathing, sweating, fatigue, cough, frequent cold and flu, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions. Dry skin. Depression and crying.

Liver (Wood element)

  • Emotions – anger, resentment, frustration, irritability, bitterness, rage, quick temper.
  • Liver Function – Involved in the smooth flow of energy and blood throughout the body. Regulates bile secretion, stores blood, and is connected with the tendons, nails, and eyes.
  • Symptoms of Liver Imbalance – breast distension, menstrual pain, headache, irritability, inappropriate anger, dizziness, dry, red eyes and other eye conditions, tendonitis.

Heart (Fire element)

  • Emotions – lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia, despair.
  • Heart Function – Regulates the heart and blood vessels. Responsible for even and regular pulse. Influences vitality and spirit. Connected with the tongue, complexion, and arteries.
  • Symptoms of Heart Imbalance – Insomnia, heart palpitations and irregular heart beat, excessive dreaming, poor long-term memory, psychological disorders.

Kidney (Water element)

  • Emotions – fearful, weak willpower, insecure, aloof, isolated.
  • Kidney Function – Key organ for sustaining life. Responsible for reproduction, growth and development, and maturation. Involved with lungs in water metabolism and respiration. Connected with bones, teeth, ears, and head hair.
  • Symptoms of Kidney Imbalance – Frequent urination, urinary incontinence, night sweats, dry mouth, poor short-term memory, low back pain, body