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The human body channels energy (chi) along meridians, or pathways. These meridians have both yin and yang components, based on the direction of the energy flow on the body. The following table identifies the meridians, their complements, and abbreviations:

Yin Partner Abbreviation Yang Partner Abbreviation
Lung Lu Large Intestine LI
Spleen Sp Stomach St
Heart H Small Intestine SI
Kidney K Bladder B
Heart Protector HP Triple Warmer TW
Liver Li Gall Bladder GB
Conception Vessel CV Governing Vessel GV

The illustrated figures following show the location of each meridian:


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Synthia Andrews has been a message and bodywork therapist for 25 years. She is an authorized teacher of Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure, has been on faculty at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy for 16 years, and was a four-year faculty member at the Kripalu Yoga Institute. She is licensed in the state of Connecticut, where she maintains a private practice, and is currently a forth-year student of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. Her Real love is using acupressure to help abused, neglected, or injured horses. You can find classes with Synthia and other qualified professionals at and

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