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This page is dedicated to the Spleen meridian and several techniques based on Traditional Chinese Medicine for using it to support our health. Although these ancient healing techniques can appear simple, they may cause important shifts in your energy and boost your immunity. Working with the Spleen meridian can sometimes even prevent an illness, e.g. stop an approaching cold from taking hold of you. 

The Meridian for Better Immunity and More Joy

The Spleen meridian is an energy pathway with strong nurturing and immunity-boosting qualities. It’s at its peak flow between 9 and 11 am.

The main functions of the spleen (as an organ) is the support of our immune and cardiovascular systems.  The spleen is responsible for cleansing our blood and aiding our immunity. It removes old red blood cells and produces (and stores) white blood cells known as lymphocytes. The lymphocytes have an important function of cleansing bacteria from the blood in the spleen. They also facilitate tissue healing and other important immune responses throughout our whole body. 

The Pathway of Spleen Meridian

The Spleen meridian begins at the big toe, in the lower, proximal part of the nail (see the illustration).

Spleen 1 Acupressure Point

The energy pathway then continues to flow up the inner leg, across the groin, the stomach, and through the diaphragm.

The path of the Spleen (SP) meridian is marked in red colour on the following diagram.

Spleen meridian line front view

Note: After the start of the journey on the big toe, (and before continuing to flow up the front of the body) the Spleen meridian pathway goes up the inner leg for a bit, which you can see on the picture below:

Spleen meridian line back view

Important: This diagram shows the meridian pathway on only one side of the body. This is for clarity purposes only; in reality, it flows as a pair through both sides of the body, right and left.

Ancient Prints Depicting Meridian Pathways

It is fascinating to look at ancient Chinese prints and paintings that depict meridian pathways and compare them with modern acupuncture and acupressure diagrams.

We now have devices that are able to detect meridians including their acupressure points. What’s fascinating is that they are almost exactly the same as in those ancient illustrations.

The master energy medicine practitioner Donna Eden was born with the ability to see energies, and she had been able to detect meridian pathways even before she learned they existed!

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Compare the pathways marked in these ancient prints with the modern-day diagram above it.

If Spleen Meridian is Out of Balance

If the spleen (both as an organ and energetic pathway) is out of balance, it can physically manifest by low immunity, susceptibility to colds, digestive problems (such as loose stools), weakness of the limbs, and fatigue.

An imbalance of the Spleen meridian can also manifest in the emotional areas: You can become over-worried, depressed, have low self-esteem, being too clingy,  and wallow in self-pity.

Fortunately, ancient medicine has left us with a heritage of techniques for balancing the Spleen meridian, which will allow us to enjoy a better immune system, feeling more joyful, and having higher self-esteem. Yes, self-esteem is not only ‘in your head’, but can get a boost by strengthening this specific energy pathway!

Techniques for Balancing Spleen Meridian

If you suffer from any of the symptoms and issues mentioned above, try the following techniques: 

  • Trace Spleen meridian
  • Flush Spleen meridian
  • Work with the acupressure points of Spleen meridian

Tracing Spleen Meridian

Tracing Spleen meridian will help you boost your immunity, vitality, get your energy going, and aid with removing toxins out of your body.

See the master practitioner of energy medicine Donna Eden (the one who can see energies) trace the Spleen meridian in this video (scroll to 1:44).

Flushing Spleen Meridian

How to flush a meridian:

  • Trace it backward once
  • Trace it forward three times

 (If you don’t know how to trace it, watch the video above.)

Working with the Acupressure Points of Spleen Meridian

There are three ways we can work with the acupressure points:

  • Sedate
  • Strengthen
  • Use the Three-Point Technique

Below I am showing diagrams that will teach you how to sedate or strengthen the Spleen meridian, according to your needs. 

Sedating Spleen Meridian

Generally, we don’t sedate the Sppeen meridian too often, because usually it needs to be strengthened. However, as you’ll see further down, sedating it can still be used for certain situations.

Step 1 – Sedate the Spleen Meridian:

Sedate (relax) the Spleen meridian by sending its excess energy to the next meridian, which is Lung. You’ll see how the flow works on the wheel diagram (The Five Elements Wheel) further down.

The Procedure:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 5 and Lung 8) for 2 – 3 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (preferably the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. on your right foot + right arm).

Repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body (your left foot + left arm), also for 2 – 3 minutes.

Spleen 5 acupressure point
Lung 8 acupressure point

What Is Happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Earth element (Spleen meridian) flows into Metal element (Lung meridian).

This means that Spleen meridian is being freed from excess energy by sending it to Lung meridian.

You can also view it the other way – the helpful assistant Lung is ‘vacuuming’ excess energy from the overcharged Spleen meridian.

You can see this happening on the wheel (from yellow to white, inside the circle):

Spleen to Lung Five Elements Cycle

Step 2 – Stabilise the Energy Flow by Holding the Control Points:

We now need to stop the flow of energy from the previous meridian. We’ll be stabilizing the shift in energy by holding the so-called control points.

The Procedure:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 1 and Liver 1) for 1,5 minutes.

Do this on both sides of the body (like in the previous step).

Splleen 1 and Liver one acupressure points

What is happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Wood element (Liver) controls Earth element (Spleen).

This means that Liver meridian will ‘stop’ the flow of energy from the previous step, therefore preventing the Spleen meridian from having too much energy taken away. This intervention of the controlling element (Wood) will stabilise the energies.

You can see this happening on the wheel (from green to blue, inside the circle):

Liver to Spleen Five Elements Cycle

Strengthening Spleen Meridian

Step 1 – Strengthen the Spleen Meridian 

This is one of the most important acupressure practices that you can use for self-healing.

How to proceed:

Strengthen the Spleen meridian by borrowing some energy from the previous meridian (i.e. Heart meridian).

The Procedure:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 2 and Heart 8) for 2 – 3 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (ideally the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. your right side) and then repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body, also for 2 – 3 minutes.

Spleen 2
Heart 8 acupressure point

What Is Happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Fire element (Heart) flows into Earth element (Spleen).

This means that Heart meridian is strengthening the neighbouring Spleen meridian by sending its energy into it (or flowing into it).

Or, if you want,  you can view it the other way – Spleen is getting some extra energy from its adjacent Heart meridian.

You can see this happening on the wheel (from red to yellow, inside the circle):

Heart to Spleen Five Elements Cycle

Step 2 – Stabilise the energy flow by holding the control points:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 1 and Liver 1) for about 1,5 minutes.

As in the previous step, do this on both sides of the body.

Splleen 1 and Liver one acupressure points

What Is Happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Wood element (Liver) controls Earth element (Spleen).

Liver meridian will control the flow of energy from the previous step, therefore preventing the Spleen meridian from taking too much energy from the Heart meridian. 

You can see this happening on the wheel (from green to yellow, inside the circle):

Liver to Spleen Five Elements Cycle

You have probably noticed that this is the same procedure as when we were holding the control points after the Sedating procedure in the first example. The control points are always the same after sedating and strengthening a meridian.

Three-Pointing Spleen Meridian

The Three Point Technique is a combination of sedating and strengthening a meridian in one session. Sometimes a meridian needs to be cleared of stale or toxic energies first in order to receive strengthening energies. This means that we sedate it first to move the old energies out, and then strengthen it. In the end, we use the control points to stabilise the shift.

We often use the Three-Point technique to treat hormonal imbalances, such as during PMS or menopause.

Step 1 – Sedate the Spleen Meridian:

Sedate (relax) the Spleen meridian by sending its excess energy to the next meridian, which is Lung. You’ll see how the flow works on the wheel diagram (The Five Elements Wheel) further down.

The Procedure:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 5 and Lung 8) for 2 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (preferably the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. on your right foot + right arm).

Repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body (your left foot + left arm), also for 2 minutes.

 

Spleen 5 acupressure point
Lung 8 acupressure point

What Is Happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Earth element (Spleen meridian) flows into Metal element (Lung meridian).

This means that Spleen meridian is being freed from excess energy by sending it to Lung meridian.

You can also view it the other way – the helpful assistant Lung is ‘vacuuming’ excess energy from the overcharged Spleen meridian.

You can see this happening on the wheel (from yellow to white, inside the circle):

Spleen to Lung Five Elements Cycle

Step 2 – Strengthen the Spleen Meridian 

After sedating it, you will strengthen the Spleen meridian by borrowing some extra energy from the previous meridian (i.e. Heart meridian).

The Procedure:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 2 and Heart 8) for 2 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (ideally the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. your right side) and then repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body, also for 2 minutes.

 

Spleen 2
Heart 8 acupressure point

What Is Happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Fire element (Heart) flows into Earth element (Spleen).

This means that Heart meridian is strengthening the neighbouring Spleen meridian by sending its energy into it (or flowing into it).

Or, if you want,  you can view it the other way – Spleen is getting some extra energy from its adjacent Heart meridian.

You can see this happening on the wheel (from red to yellow, inside the circle):

Heart to Spleen Five Elements Cycle

Step 3 – Stabilise the energy flow by holding the control points:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 1 and Liver 1) for about 1 minute. As in the previous step, do this on both sides of the body.

Splleen 1 and Liver one acupressure points

What Is Happening on The Five Elements Wheel:

Wood element (Liver) controls Earth element (Spleen).

This means that Liver meridian will ‘stop’ the flow of energy from the previous step, therefore preventing the Spleen meridian from having too much energy taken away. This intervention of the controlling element (Wood) will stabilise the energies.

You can see this happening on the wheel (from green to yellow inside the circle):

Liver to Spleen Five Elements Cycle

Learn More About Meridians and Acupressure Points

I hope you enjoyed reading this page. If you’d like to find out a bit more about acupressure points, I highly recommend getting the folding laminated chart pictured below.  It shows every single acupressure point on our body, including very poetic ancient Chinese names for each important point. I’ve found it a very valuable study guide, especially during my Energy Medicine Foundation Course.

accupresure points and meridian chart 2
accupresure points and meridian chart 2

Share Your Thoughts

It would be nice to hear about your experience. Have you used the techniques mentioned here, and if so, with what results? Let me know your thoughts, questions, or other comments in the comments below and I look forward to getting back to you soon. Be well!

BY LUCIE DUN

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