The 12 Meridians Principle to Successful Weight Loss

Trying to lose weight, but fighting a losing battle?

The weight loss answer may lie with your 12 meridians

We all know the simple mathematics that if you eat more calories than you use, then you will put on weight. This is irrefutable. The Western catch cry is ‘eat less, exercise more’. Even though this is great advice, Oriental medicine believes that things aren’t always so black and white.

Being overweight seems to be a concern for the majority of people. The main problem with being overweight is not that you lack energy, but the fact that it increases your susceptibility to other serious life-threatening conditions.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an overweight condition is seen as a result of a meridian imbalance. Depending on which meridian is out of balance determines where you will carry the extra weight. Based on this principle, to loose weight effectively you need to understand or know which type of meridian imbalance type you belong to.

There are 6 basic overweight types associated with the 6 pairs of meridians. These 6 pairs of meridians are introduced below with recommendations on how to achieve balance.

When considering exercise for weight-loss, if the exercise is not suited to your emotional and physical type, the chances are that its effects will not be deep or long-lasting. So when deciding on a form of exercise, ask yourself ‘what feels right’, as your body always knows what it needs, learn below the meridians of the body.

Type A: Lung & Large Intestine Meridians

Characteristics of individuals

* may have had tonsillitis or recurrent respiratory infections in childhood

* found physical activity difficult while growing up

* quiet individuals with a pale complexion and fine skin that sweats very little

* body has an overall rounded appearance


* lung and large intestine meridian stimulating exercises

* brisk walks gradually leading up to jogging

Meridian massage tips: 

Massage to follow the direction of Lung and Large Intestine Meridians


Type B: Spleen & Stomach Meridians

Characteristics of individuals

* worry excessively about details

* crave food without being hungry

* never feel satisfied

* nervous types who eat too fast

* prefer sweets and liquids (yin foods)

* tend to belch and release gas

* complain of shoulder tension and knee joint pain

* tend to have dry skin

* have a tendency towards diabetes

* tend to store fat on chest, stomach and legs


* swimming

* spleen and stomach meridian stimulating exercises

* reduce intake of Yin foods

* chew food well

Meridian massage tips: 

Massage to follow the direction of Spleen and Stomach Meridians


Type C: Heart & Small Intestine Meridians

Characteristics of individuals

* very controlled and disciplined

* tend to be tense and have a formal manner

* always on the go

* sweaty palms

* lower half of body easily chilled

* rigid neck and shoulders

* often complain of headaches or dizziness

* tend to have low back pain or heaviness in their legs

* women may have menstrual irregularities

* tend to store fat on waist, hips and thighs


* heart and small intestine meridian stimulating exercises

* deep breathing, visualisation & meditation

Meridian massage tips: 

Massage to follow the direction of Heart and Small Intestine Meridians


Type D: Kidney & Bladder Meridians

Characteristics of individuals

* insomnia

* headaches

* frequent urination

* lower back easily chilled

* fluid retention

* sweaty face and hands

* tire easily


* kidney and bladder meridian stimulating exercises

* brisk walking

* make sure exercise is not too strenuous

* reduce intake of fluids and cold foods

Meridian massage tips: 

Massage to follow the direction of Kidney and Bladder Meridians


Type E: Pericardium & San Jiao(Triple Burner) Meridians

Characteristics of individuals

* poor circulation

* sensitive skin prone to problems such as pimples or skin rashes

* allergies

* catch colds and suffer from sore throats frequently

* shortness of breath

* palpitations

* fluctuating blood pressure

* heaviness of the head

* fat stores in upper part of body


* avoid strenuous exercises

Meridian massage tips: 

Massage to follow the direction of Pericardium and San jiao Meridians


Type F: Liver & Gallbladder Meridians

Characteristics of individuals

* become tense, irritable and excited easily

* work hard

* tend to have high blood pressure

* commonly male

* thick neck

* may have enlarged prostate or thyroid gland

* suffer from eyestrain

* fat stored in abdomen and chest


* reduce meat and diary intake

* gentle movement and stretching

* liver and gallbladder meridian stimulating exercises

Meridian massage tips: 

Massage to follow the direction of Liver and Gallbladder Meridians


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