Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

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The Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

The Lung and Large Intestine are paired Yin and Yang meridians. The Lung meridian is Yin, it’s Yang partner is the Large Intestine meridian. These two meridians are also categorized within the Metal Element.

For any given pairing, the Yang meridian is more often used to clear things out of the associated system, whereas the Yin meridian is used to support the strength of the associated Yin organ. The respiratory system is clearly connected to the lungs. From the Classical Chinese Medical perspective, the Lung Organ System includes the lungs, the nose, sinuses and all of the breathing passages.

Relieve cold and flu symptoms

Due to the Yin – Yang pairing of the Lung and Large Intestine meridian, we can understand why Large Intestine points are frequently used to alleviate symptoms related to the respiratory system such as coughs and congestion. 

  • Use the Large Intestine meridian and points to deal with symptoms related to the lungs, such as a cold, flu or seasonal allergies. 
  • Use the Lung meridian and points to fortify the lungs in order to prevent catching that cold in the first place.

To continue learning, check out the “Acupoints for Cold and Flu Prevention” video on demand.

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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. Marifer on January 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for this video. I am definitely going to apply this technique. Do you use essential oils?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on January 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Sometimes I use essential oils – I teach some classes at Aromahead Institute

  2. Delline on October 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I have been a Massage Therapist since 1997, thank you for refreshing my memory. Now I better get started on the class I ordered!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on October 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Hi Delline,
      🙂 Yes, jump into that class so you can put all that information to good use!

  3. Reg on October 22, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for your help, I was sick with the flu last week, I apply this techniques to help me with breathing better. Congestion was really bad, I used pressure points, massage and Reiki on this points and that help alot..
    Thanks again

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on October 22, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Hi Reg,
      Glad you are feeling better!

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