The Lung meridian begins internally, in the stomach. This internal pathway connects with the large intestine, stomach, lungs and throat. The external Lung meridian pathway that we can contact begins on the upper chest, at the first Lung meridian point, Lung 1 (LU 1).
“The Lung is the advisor. It helps the Heart in regulating the body’s Qi.”
– Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine
As you can see in the image, the Lung meridian travels from the upper chest, along the thumb side on the front (anterior) of the arm, all the way to the thumb. The last point on the Lung meridian is LU 11, found on the nail bed of the thumb.
The Heart and Lungs work together to circulate oxygen and blood throughout the body. In Chinese Medicine, energy is known as Qi (“chee”). As the Yellow Emperor’s Classic tells us, these two organs also circulate and regulate our body’s Qi.
One essential way to gather Qi is through the breath. Breathing is the function of the lungs that brings fresh Qi into the body, and expels the “used up” Qi. The Lungs are therefore the key to gathering and dispersing Qi.
Famous Lung Point:
Lung 2, Yun Men, “Cloud Gate”
I use this point to support deep, clear, easy breathing. In practical terms, use this point to relieve coughs, stuffiness in the chest, and fatigue from battling a cold or flu.
LU 2 is also an important point in the practice of Qi Gong. To maintain proper alignment during Qi Gong movements, one key is to keep the “cloud gates” open. By feeling into this point and intending to open this area, we automatically broaden and open our shoulders. This opening allows for the smooth flow of Qi from the chest through the arms and hands.
How to locate Lung 2
Just beneath the collar bone (clavicle) near the shoulder, look for a little “dip” in the muscles. In the picture below, this dip is clearly seen on the model’s left side. I placed a dot on the right side to show the point location.
This dip between muscles stands out when you bring your arm directly in front of you, as in reaching out to shake a hand.
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