In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Many Illnesses Are Caused by a Meridian Blockage

Treating a meridian blockage.

Once a meridian is blocked, it will cause pain and various ailments. (Image: Juriah Mosin via Dreamstime)

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that insufficient qi will cause bad blood circulation, thereby water will not flow, and toxins fail to discharge. Once there is a meridian blockage, it will cause pain and various ailments. So clearing meridians is very important. Here are several insufficient qi ailments with recommended foods, herbs, and acupressure points for the clearing of each relative meridian.

Conditions caused by a meridian blockage

Depression

People with depression often are sad, irritable, and experience chest tightness.

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You can eat radishes, celery, coriander, hawthorn, peas, and citrus to help improve the condition. You can also try the medicine Jiawei Xiaoyao, which is a blend of herbs used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

The Tanzhong point is located at the junction between the middle of the nipples at the breastbone’s midline. Apply pressure here can relieve help relieve depression, heart palpitations, and anxiety.

Blood stasis 

The manifestations of blood stasis or poor blood circulation are red spots on the face, bleeding gums, skin bruises, a dark purple tongue, tingling sensations in the chest, dark urine, and dry skin.

It is recommended that you eat foods that promote blood circulation, such as black beans, hawthorn, white fungus, fungus, green tea, and garlic. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that garlic is spicy and warm, and the allicin contained in it expands blood vessels.

The Hegu point is the place where the thumb presses down. It can help stabilize blood pressure, relieve pressure, relieve fatigue, eliminate dark circles, ease stiffness in the shoulder and neck muscles, and enhance immunity.

To treat blood stasis from a meridian blockage, it is recommended that you eat foods that promote blood circulation, such as black beans, hawthorn, white fungus, fungus, green tea, and garlic.
To treat blood stasis from a meridian blockage, it is recommended that you eat foods that promote blood circulation, such as black beans, hawthorn, white fungus, fungus, green tea, and garlic. (Image: via Pixabay)

Wet blockage

Sometimes when the weather is humid, or the yin is too heavy, eczema, rubella, and acne are likely to develop.

You may wish to eat more foods that invigorate the spleen and dispel dampness, such as yam, barley, red beans, and white lentils.

The Zusanli point is located about three fingers wide down from the lower outside of the kneecap. Applying pressure here can regulate the stomach, and promote gastrointestinal function.

Heat blockage

The common symptoms of heat blockage are fever, acne, swollen skin, and joint and muscle aches.

If you have heat toxins, you should eat more cold and cool foods, such as lotus root, bamboo shoots, asparagus, winter melon, cucumber, bitter gourd, loofah, rape, spinach, and amaranth.

The Quchi point is located in the depression of the elbow joint. This pressure point can relieve stress and fatigue, improve skin circulation, and avoid heatstroke.

The common symptoms of heat blockage are fever, acne, swollen skin, and joint and muscle aches.
The common symptoms of heat blockage are fever, acne, swollen skin, and joint and muscle aches. (Image: via Pixabay)

Cold blockage

Too much cold will hurt the Yang Qi, and you will experience symptoms such as cold hands and feet, a pale complexion, and chills.

You should eat millet porridge or hot soup to dispel the cold. After eating the hot soup, you will sweat and dissipate the cold. Hot ginger soup is also very good to help you perspire and dispel cold.

The Neiguan point is located in the center of the palmar joints’ horizontal stripes, in the central depression, it is about three fingers wide on the upper arm. Pressure applied here helps to improve sleep, while also relieving heart palpitations, night sweats, and dizziness.

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