How emotions affect the meridian system

Written by © Ewald Berkers

In acupuncture theory there are sayings about the damaging effects of emotions:

Too much anger injures the Liver
Too much fear injures the Kidneys
Too much sadness injures the Lungs
Too much thinking/worrying injures the Spleen
Too much joy/excitement injures the Heart
Too much emotion injures the Heart

Keep in mind that in the context of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine the names of the organs when capitalized are not the same as the organs we know from western anatomy. Chinese "Kidneys" e.g. is the adrenals and endocrine system, "Bladder" is the kidneys and urinal system, "Spleen" is the energy system located throughout the body, "Liver" is partly the liver but also something throughout the body, "Lungs" is not only lungs but also skin.

These injuries also have an effect in the other direction: an injured Liver causes anger, injured Kidneys cause fear, etc. This is one of the reasons why it's so difficult to get rid of your default reactions.

Ways to grow

The acupressure points I chose for each Enneagram type are mostly selected to undo these injuries. They can help your spiritual development. In the long run it is more effective, however, to also pursue other ways to grow, like gaining self-knowledge, meditation, yoga, etc.

It is also good to become more aware of your feelings and emotions. The Eliza chatbot on this website can help you investigate your feelings. If you'd rather chat with a real person about your feelings, try chatting with the Feeling Coach.




You might also be interested in these books about acupressure / acupuncture at Amazon

Acupressure for Emotional Healing, by Michael Reed Gach & Beth Ann Henning
A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress, & Common Emotional Imbalances

Acupressure points for emotional ailments, combined with breathing exercises, stretches and movement routines.

The EFT Manual, by Gary Craig
Emotional Freedom Techniques

How to use an acupressure technique of tapping to deal with emotional problems.

The Joy of Feeling, by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden
Bodymind Acupressure

Jin Shin Do acupressure helps unblock emotions, making it safe to feel.

Foundations of Chinese Medicine, by Giovanni Maciocia
A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists

Acupuncture theory, diagnosis and treatment, and the most important acupuncture points.

See longer book descriptions