Gallbladder removal and Gallbladder Meridian

Funny surgeonRemove the Gallbladder, keep the meridian

The gallbladder itself is a physical organ that can be surgically removed.
The Gallbladder meridian is one of 12 energetic pathways, called meridians, in Chinese medicine. Meridians are not removed by surgery because they are purely energetic pathways.

Joint pain and the Gallbladder Meridian

Qi (“chee“) is the energy that travels in the meridians.
Physical manifestations as diverse as ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, jaw, neck, and head pain can all arise from slow-moving “stagnant” Qi in the Gallbladder meridian.
Even though your gallbladder was removed, you may experience pain in these some of these joints as a result of Qi stagnation in the Gallbladder meridian. The good news is that you can relieve that pain by working with the Gallbladder meridian even though you do not have a gallbladder.
The Gallbladder meridian runs along both sides of the body (see image below).

Gallbladder Meridian

Gallbladder Meridian is located on both sides of the body.

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Due to its physical location, many joints are affected by blocked or slow-moving Gallbladder Qi. The solution to joint pain from this energetic perspective is to get the Qi moving. When the Qi is abundant and flowing, we experience easy, pain-free motion.
I have written many articles about how to use Meridian Massage or Acupressure to relieve painful joints. Almost every article includes a Gallbladder point. Below is a list that you can click on for details related to any particular joint. Whether you have a gallbladder or not, you will benefit from open, flowing Qi in your Gallbladder meridian.
Relieve Joint Pain:

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Stacy on May 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much Cindy. I actually have been trying to find out if it’s possible to do acupressure on the gallbladder meridian without having a gallbladder and would it even be beneficial. I’m so thankful that you wrote this article. My husband had his gallbladder taken out years before I met him. It’s good to know that acupressure is still beneficial for him. I’m so grateful for this post. Thank you

    • Cindy Black on May 23, 2023 at 8:03 am

      You are very welcome!
      The system of meridians and points gives us so many options -I hope he enjoys the benefits of these points.

  2. Christine A Lewis Anderson on January 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideasūüôŹ

  3. Pa tricia stephenson on October 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Good job thanks cindy for these information

  4. Ruth on October 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

    the above gallbladder links won’t open…..

    • Cindy Black on October 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Hi Ruth,
      Hmm – I double checked them and they are working on my end.

  5. jim on October 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    thank you Cindy! I have been doing this everyday since I saw you do it weeks ago. I started doing it for my hips. I am sure it has helped me a lot. I have learned so much from you!

  6. Jill on October 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks again Cindy…great information!

  7. Caryl Shaul on October 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks, Cindy, for the most informative review.

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