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Seattle Acupuncture- The Pericardium Meridian

The pericardium in Chinese medicine has the same function as in western medicine; to protect the heart. The pericardium meridian is used in a very similar manner as the heart meridian because they both have a close relationship with the mind. We use the pericardium meridian to help calm the mind, to help people sleep better and to help patients balance their emotions.

The pericardium meridian runs from the nipple, down the biceps, down the underside of the forearm and ends at the tip of the middle finger. The pericardium is also known as the Hand Jue Yin whose paired meridian is the Liver or the Foot Jue Yin. This shows a deep relationship between the liver and pericardium. The liver is the main organ in our body for detoxing, including emotional and mental stress. Stress is one of the main toxins the liver deals with everyday. This shows the relationship between our mentality, our emotions and our stress. The pericardium is a yin organ whose paired yang organ is the San Jiao. The San Jiao is the only meridian in Chinese medicine that isn’t translated into an internal organ. However, I believe the San Jiao is the Chinese equivalent to the lymphatic system. Therefore it shows an interesting relationship between our mindset and the body’s ability to fight off diseases. The time of the pericardium is from 7-9pm and its element is fire. Below are some commonly used pericardium points.

PC-6- the most popular point used on the pericardium channel. It is best known for its anti-nausea properties. It also calms the mind and helps people sleep.

PC-7- this is the controlling point of the pericardium. It helps the pericardium and the heart come back into balance. It also helps balance and calm the mind.

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