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Male Case Study: Wood Element

The Gallbladder Meridian Pathway

This channel begins just outside the outer corner of the eye, loops down and up to the forehead just within the hair line, and descends behind the ear to the corner of the skull. It then returns to the forehead above the center of the eye and contours the head to the bottom of the skull at GB-20. It continues down the neck behind the shoulder to connect with the governing vessel at GV-14, then crosses over the shoulder. The channel descends the side of the body along the rib margin to the waist and pelvic crest before going deeper to meet the bladder channel at the sacrum. At GB-30 it re-emerges and continues down the outside of the leg, in front of the ankle, ending on the outside of the 4th toe. Internal branches connect with the stomach channel (on the jaw) and the small intestine channel, and join the liver and gallbladder organs.
Internal Trajectories:
Having come down from the head, a trajectory passes to ST-12.[Thence] it passes to the inside of the chest and then down. It passes through the diaphragm, spirally wraps the liver and permeates the gallbladder. Then it circles round the inside lining of the ribs and the side of the body and comes down to ST-30In this case, "the inside of the chest" is seen as the sides of the chest, around PC-1. In general, we should be aware that the inside of the chest has a wider meaning which depends on context. It can be inside the chest, CV-17, the sides of the chest, as well as some other less common referents. In coming down through the diaphragm it probably passes through the esophagus and then the stomach, before it passes to and spirally wraps the liver. After this, it permeates the gallbladder. In circling around on the inside of the lining of the ribs and the sides of the body it passes out to LV-13, and then to ST-30.

Case History:

In a group is a young, tall and thin male who sits with a slanting posture.  He is short-sighted and wears thick, large glasses.  His opinions do not come across strongly, but rather following the direction of the conversation and agreeing with everyone.  When asked directly, he does not come forward with an answer or solution, but rather passes it on to the next person.

What do you expect to find as tactile indicators on his feet?  List these and motivate why these are likely to be there.

Upward turned big toe, clawed toes
Due to his slanting spine and means of expressing himself he has a wood imbalance and wood manifests as the ligaments, tendons and muscles and he may have shortening of these.

Ingrown toenail or fungal toenail on inner side of big toe nail
As he has a wood imbalance and thus could have a liver meridian imbalance, and the liver meridian starts on the inside of the big toe

Swollen Pituitary Gland Reflex
The pituitary gland is on the internal branch of the liver meridian and in a liver meridian imbalance there may also be pituitary – hormonal disorders related to this meridian

Callus on the eye reflexes
Due to his wearing glasses and the wood element is expressed in the sense of seeing.

Abnormal shaped, corn or fungal infection on 4th toe
The gallbladder is a wood element meridian and ends on the 4th toe and thus he may show any of these signs.  He does not have any “gall” as he follows other people rather than lead the conversation himself.

Problems with the nails
Deformed, ridges, weak as the nails are external expressions of the wood element

High Arch
Because of excessive curative of spine, spinal problems and the fact he sits in a slanted position.

Excessive curvature of the spine on the spine reflex
As he has a slanting posture, because the liver meridian runs parallel to the spine reflex because the wood element manifests in ligaments, tendons and muscles of which the spinal vertebrae  has many attached to it.

Flat Feet
These may be caused by a problem with muscles, tendons and ligaments and thus show an imbalance of the wood element

5th Metatarsal Protruding
This may be present as it indicates a Gallbladder meridian imbalance as it is along the gallbladder meridian pathway.

Puffy Hip Reflex
This may be present as the hip and hip disorders are related to the Gallbladder and wood Element as the external Gallbladder meridian pathway runs over the hip area.

Heel cracks or fungal infection on heel
The liver Meridian runs through the reproductive area and there may be an imbalance or he could have pelvic problems.

Plantar Wart or swollen puffy liver reflex
As meridian runs through the liver reflex on the foot and there appears to be a wood imbalance.

1.     Chinese Herbal Medicine by Dr Guang Xu, Vermillion London,
          Published 1996 ISBN 0-0980-944-4
2.     www.lieske.com/5e.html downloaded in April 2003
4.     International School of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy, Study Notes 2003

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