The Liver organ system is much like an army General from whom courage, strategy and resolve is derived. The most important function of the Liver organ system is to store and regulate the volume of blood in the whole body. Through this action, the Liver system facilitates the work of the Heart and Spleen to adequately nourish the body for overall energy.
This function has a significant influence on a woman’s menstrual cycle. Gynecological disorders show up with imbalances in the liver system. This stands to reason, as the physical liver must direct the conversions of the female sex hormones.
As the Honorable Minister of Justice, the Gall Bladder organ system is in charge of the circulation and clearing. It stores and secretes the pure and potent bile fluids required to digest and metabolize fats and oils, and its energy provides muscular strength and vitality. It works with the lymphatic system to clear toxic by-products of metabolism from the muscular system, thereby eliminating muscular aches and fatigue.
Starting from the inside edge of the big toe nail, the Liver meridian crosses the top of the foot, inside ankle and ascends up the inner (yin) leg to the groin and pubic area. It travels up the outer sides of the torso, ending at the rib cage over the liver and gall bladder organs. An inner branch of the Liver meridian flows through the chest, throat and up to the outer eyes. The outer eyes (yang) is the start of the Gall Bladder meridian. This is the longest channel of all the meridians, traversing up, down and around both sides of the head and ears, down the neck to the top of the shoulders. It descends the sides of the body along the rib margin, the waist and pelvic crest. From it continues down the outside of the leg, in front of the ankle, ending on the outside of the 4th toe.
Compassion, kindness and generosity are the positive psycho-emotional aspects of a balanced Liver and Gall bladder system. Without balance between these systems we easily exhibit anger, irritability, rage, jealousy and depression. Whenever these two systems are not functioning properly, we will also experience fatigue and physical weakness.