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Most of us on the holistic health path have been introduced to meridians at some point, in some form or another. One of my first memories with these energy pathways comes in the form of pressure points. I remember a friend in elementary school showing me where to put pressure on the hand to relieve a headache. 

Many years later, in a course for doulas, I learned the many pressure points to support a woman in labor – everything from pain relief to helping contractions get started.

Acupuncture and reflexology are pretty well-known these days, too.

So, what are meridians?

Originating thousands of years ago in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), meridians are the energy pathways throughout the body. Healers noticed that certain pathways connected with specific organs and emotional issues. When energy is flowing well, those organs are healthy and function. Energy blockages can contribute to health problems.

There are 12 meridians. Each one takes its turn being active for two hours at a time during the 24 hour day. This is called the meridian clock! Some say you can utilize this clock to benefit your health by doing things that support the active organs. For example, the large intestine is active between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. It may be helpful to give yourself time to have a good bowel movement during this window!

Tracing Your Meridians

One of the easiest ways to use the meridian clock to your benefit is to trace your meridians. My mom learned about this from Donna Eden’s book, “Energy Medicine”, and then taught it to all of her children. One of the first things she says when we mention a problem we’re having (especially if it happens at the same time everyday) is, “Have you traced that meridian?”

This is how it works:

You can support the flow of energy for your meridians by running your hand along the pathway from the beginning to the end. Some people use a magnet to do this, which also works. If you don’t have a magnet, your hand is fine because it is also filled with energy.

Depending on what is going on, you may also consider “flushing” your meridian, which is where you trace your hand backwards along the pathway (from end to beginning) one time, and then forwards three times in a row. It’s like flushing a toilet. Things are a little clogged up and a simple trace isn’t cutting it. A flush is a bit more powerful.

How does this work in real life?

Let me share a few examples. 

A simple way to start is to trace all your night time meridians before you go to bed. If you’re headed to bed at 10 p.m., you are in the triple warmer time. You would trace the triple warmer meridian, then the gallbladder next (which is active from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.), then the liver (active from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.), then lungs (active from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.), and if you want to go for another, do the large intestine (active from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.).

Do that for a few nights and see how it affects your sleep!

Do you wake up at the same time every night? If so, check out the meridian clock and see which meridian is active during your wake time. Try tracing or flushing that meridian a few times when you wake up.

One time I got a very bad cold and would wake up every night coughing at 1 a.m. It would take until about 3 in the morning for my coughing spasms to calm down and I would be able to sleep again. When I realized this was happening at the same time every night, I thought, “My liver is struggling!” I started flushing my liver meridian before bed and then several times as soon as I would wake up coughing. I also drank lemon water during the day and took some herbs to support my liver. The issue was quickly resolved! 

Another example: I am prone to gallbladder issues and have had many uncomfortable gallbladder attacks over the years. When I learned about tracing and flushing meridians, I started using that as a tool during an attack. I was skeptical at first because the attacks are so sudden, strong, and painful, it seems unlikely that energy work would help. However, I can now tell you that this is what made a believer out of me! Every single time I have an attack, I immediately begin flushing the meridian repeatedly and it quickly brings relief! It never ceases to amaze me.

Meridian tracing is easy, fast, free, and it totally helps. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

P.S. If you want to see this in action, the QEST4 Instagram ( has put out several videos demonstrating how to trace various meridians. Check these out for starters:

Flush your small intestine meridian!

How to flush the liver meridian!

How to flush an infant’s meridians!

Also, it helps to have a handy reference for the meridian pathways and the clock so you can easily meet all your meridian tracing needs. Just google it, find one you like, and save it or print it for future use!

About the author

Hey! My name is Brittan and I live in Utah with my husband and one adorable toddler. I love finding holistic and natural ways to care for myself and my family. I particularly enjoy learning about nutrition, herbal medicine, the emotional, spiritual, and energetic aspects of health, and anything else that contributes to complete wellness. Thanks for joining me!

I am not a doctor. Everything I write about is from my personal experience and perspective. Consult a physician if you have questions specific to your health.

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