This is a replay of a live session showing you some Qigong and acupressure for Gallbladder health, taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker. I have been teaching Qigong for two decades and am the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons. I’m also a practitioner of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. You can join my live classes on Zoom every Thursday at 4 pm Irish time. Click here to join us (lesson replays sent out by email in case you can’t make it).
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Qigong and Acupressure For Gallbladder Health – Introduction
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Gallbladder system is paired with the Liver and both are associated with the season of Spring. The Gallbladder pathway of Qi flow starts at the outside corner of each eye and zig-zags around the head, down the back of the neck to the shoulders, and then down the sides of the torso and legs to end at the outside corner of the 4th toe.
The healthy function of the Gallbladder include:
1. Good posture, flexibility, coordination and balance;
2. Storing bile for the healthy breakdown of fats;
3. Courage to follow through with decisions;
4. Physical and emotional clear vision (along with the Liver).
The unhealthy functions of the Gallbladder include:
1. Headaches and migraines;
2. Pains in the sides of the body (including gallbladder pain);
3. Nausea, vomiting, constipation;
4. Neck and shoulder pain;
5. Sciatic pain, pains and cramps in the legs;
6. Lack of courage and fighting spirit, no boldness to follow through with your decisions, low self-esteem.
Qigong For Gallbladder – Method
Any Qigong methods involving the stimulation and stretching of the Gallbladder channel along the sides of the body can be helpful. The three exercises in this video show you an example of the types of movements which can help create the conditions for open and unobstructed Qi flow in the Gallbladder channel.
- Begin by adopting the correct Qigong sitting or standing posture and performing a few abdominal breaths in order to first cultivate your own Qi (see more here).
- Holding the Qi ball in the “Standing Like a Tree” posture and turning the body from side to side.
- Cross body stretch of the arms.
- Supporting Heaven method with a pause when the arms are fully extended above your head to further extend and lean to the right and left.
- Consolidate your practice by finishing with a few abdominal breaths.
Acupressure Points for Gallbladder Health
1. Jianjing (Gallbladder 21). To help relieve pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulders and head. NOTE: CONTRAINDICATED IN PREGNANCY – DO NOT USE! Location of the point is here.
2. Yanglingquan (Gallbladder 34). For digestive issues, gallbladder pain, sciatic pain and leg cramps. Location of the point is here.
Additional Video Resources
You’ll find more video lessons to accompany this one about Qigong and acupressure for Gallbladder health below. These replays can also be used to make up your own Qigong routine in conjunction with this one.
- Standing Like a Tree posture is explained in greater detail here.
- Qigong Liver Cleansing to practice with the paired organ system of the Gallbladder.
- The Three Swings is another very helpful twisting method which also benefits the Kidney system.
Many other live lesson replays can be found on my blog page. I’d encourage you to take a look at some of them and find methods which you can easily combine with this one.
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