Shiatsu Meridian Theory – the Liver Meridian

liver meridianIn the ancient 5-Element theory, Spring relates to the Wood element, which comprises the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians.

The Liver meridian provides inspiration and direction and as such relates to the eyes and faculty of sight as well as flexibility.

It sets the standard for the entire functioning of the whole body and the immune system. Since the Liver is responsible for storage and distribution of vital energy it can be likened to an army general who commands and decides strategy.

The Liver meridian also governs female sexuality and the menstrual cycle.

Keywords are purpose, lightness, flexibility to move in new directions, and the ability to see the big picture.

Symptoms of a deficiency in the Liver Meridian

  • no direction
  • lack of purpose
  • frustrated (leading to anger)
  • addictive nature (hypochondriac)
  • yellow eyes and skin
  • sore right shoulder
  • frowning
  • no appetite

Symptoms of an excess in the Liver Meridian

  • over-commited
  • angry
  • demanding
  • manipulative
  • arthritis
  • tendon and muscle tension
  • stiff knees
  • tense right shoulder

Shiatsu, which is often regarded as “acupuncture without needles’, uses supportive acupressure to balance the meridian system, enabling the body to heal itself and return to homeostasis or equilibrium.