The gall bladder, located under the liver, is a small organ that aids our digestion, releasing bile to the small intestine to help break down fats, oils and highly processed foods as needed.
In Chinese medicine, specifically Zang-fu, the gall bladder is one of five passive (Yang) Fu organs, being particularly unique in traditional Chinese culture for its distribution of vital energy that provides us with good judgment, courage and muscle strength.
This energy flows through the gall bladder meridian, a pathway of pressure points where various physical and mental conditions can be pinpointed and subsequently treated.
Below, view the illustration to follow the gall bladder meridian pathway, along with the various conditions linked to each individual point.
Point 1 Headache, eye pain, reddening of the eyes, vision affected
Point 2 Tinnitus, deafness, toothache
Point 3 Deafness, aversion to wind and cold, dizziness
Point 4 Pain in the outer canthus of the eyes, unilateral headache, vertigo affecting the eyes
Point 5 Facial swelling, toothache, absence of sweating in heat
Point 6 Tinnitus, sneezing, painful redness of the outer eye.
Point 7 Pain in the temporal region, swelling of the cheek, clenched jaws
Point 8 Stomach cold, persistent vomiting, fullness after eating, chronic infantile wind.
Point 9 Swelling of the gums, epilepsy, headache, fright and fear
Point 10 Swelling of the neck, deafness, fever and chills, goitre, wind headache, atony of the legs that affects walking.
Caring for the Gall Bladder Meridian
Each meridian point not only helps to identify and treat various conditions but represents specific emotions, as well as correlating links in the pathway through which life-giving energy, specifically Qi, flows and provides us with good health and strength.
Imbalance or obstruction in the gall bladder meridian results in the above listed conditions, which is why the organ itself is culturally associated with frustration, irritability, impatience and poor quality of sleep.
Caring for the gall bladder and its distribution of energy starts with a healthy diet involving citrus fruits and vegetables, in addition to plant-based proteins and fish – generally unrefined and unprocessed foods with low fat and oil.
Physical activity is just as vital to the gall bladder meridian, especially stress relieving exercises such as running and yoga, and subsequently meditation which inspires relaxation and contentment. Acupressure, including acupuncture, are also beneficial in restoring balance to the gall bladder meridian and its flow of Qi energy.