In Traditional Chinese Medicine each of the twelve meridians has a specific two-hour time period when the Qi (energy) is at its peak in that meridian. The Gallbladder Meridian is most active between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am. Its partner meridian, Liver, is most active between 1:00 am and 3:00 am. If you are consistently waking during these hours, it is an indication of imbalance in these energy pathways.
When the energy of a meridian is blocked and not flowing freely due to an overload of stress, poor eating habits or overexertion, physical symptoms appear.
Causes of Gallbladder dysfunction include:
- Excessive consumption of processed, greasy and fatty foods
- Anger, frustration and bottled up resentment
- Excessive consumption of dairy products
- Insufficient water intake
To support a healthy Gallbladder Meridian:
- Exercise (yoga is especially helpful)
- Start your day with a glass of lemon water
- Identify food sensitivities
- Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruit and smaller portions of antibiotic-free protein