Heart Meridian in Chinese Medicine
The Heart meridian is rooted internally within the heart itself. Every meridian has an internal pathway that connects with organs and areas of the body. These internal pathways provide a connection between the organs and tissues of the body. The Heart meridian has internal connections with the small intestine, lungs, throat, and eyes.
“The Heart is the sovereign of all the organs and represents the consciousness of one’s being. It is responsible for intelligence, wisdom and spiritual transformation.”
-Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine
The meridian we refer to as the “Heart Meridian” is the external aspect of the Heart meridian. The Heart meridian emerges from the interior at the center of the arm pit. This point is known as Heart 1 (HT 1), the first point of the heart meridian. The pathway of the Heart meridian is from HT 1, along the inside of the arm on the pinky side, and stretches all the way to the pinky finger (see figure above). The last point of the Heart meridian is HT 9.
Famous Heart meridian point:
Heart 7, Shen Men “Spirit Gate”
As the name implies, this point is used to soothe, nourish, and inspire the Spirit. In practical terms HT 7 is used to calm the emotions, to relieve anxiety, and to soothe the worries of a troubled mind so that one can get some sleep.
These are big expectations for only a single point, which is why points are combined with other points and meridian massage in order to bring about the desired effect.
How to locate HT 7
Look at the palm of your hand. Now, look at the wrist wrinkles (also known as the wrist crease). HT 7 is located on the palm side of the wrist crease at the pinky end.
See the picture below: