The Bridge Channels, also called the Heel Vessels as they originate at the heels, regulate the amount of energy being used by all the other meridians in the body. They act like a bridge linking together the stored Chi in the body and the areas in need of Chi. Usually if any meridian uses more energy than it needs to flow properly, then other meridians become deficient as a result. Thus the Bridge Channels seek to assure that your energy is distributed in a balanced way. The Yin Bridge Channel runs along the front or yin side of the body, while the Yang Bridge Channel runs along the back of the body.
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Disorders of the Bridge Channels
When yin energy is slowed down in the Bridge Channels, yang energy flows more rapidly. The excess yang can cause the following problems: insomnia, difficulty in closing the eyes, hypertension, stiff back and waist, inability to bend down, thigh tumors, bad colds, spontaneous sweating, headaches, painful eyes, paralysis of the arms and legs, vomiting of milk in infants, deafness, epilepsy, nose bleeding, swelling of the body, pain in the joints and head sweating.
When yang energy is slowed down in the Bridge Channels, yin energy moves more rapidly. The excess yin causes the following problems: sleepiness, difficulty in keeping the eyes open, hypotension, choking, painful urination, stomach rumbling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficult bowel movements, difficult labor and unconsciousness.
The Regulator Channels, also called the Linking Vessels, bind together all the meridians in the body. The Regulator Channels are also divided into yin and yang. The yin aspect, which runs along the front of the body, moves the yin energy and regulates the blood and inner parts of the body. It connects with all the yin channels: the Liver, Spleen, Kidney, Heart, Pericardium and Lung channels. If the yin aspect becomes imbalanced, the person may suffer from heart pains.
The yang aspect, which runs along the back side of the body, moves the yang energy, controls Defensive Chi, regulates resistance to external infections, and regulates the external parts of the body. It connects with all the yang channels: the Stomach, Bladder, Gall Bladder, Large Intestine, Triple Warmer & Small Intestine channels. If the yang aspect becomes out of balance, the person may catch colds and fevers easily.
By joining together the various channels, the Regulator Channels help to maintain a harmonious and cooperative interaction between the different channels.
The Regulator Channels in Taoist Yoga and Chi Kung are slightly different from those presented in acupuncture texts. The Chi Kung Regulator Channels include the yin and yang arm routes as well; some Taoist Yoga texts also refer to the arm routes as the Yin Yu and the Yang Yu. Acupuncture texts, by contrast, include only the leg, trunk and head routes. Many recent Chi Kung texts, unaware of these differences, depict illustrations from acupuncture texts alone, further adding to the confusion.
Disorders of the Regulator Channels
When yin energy is slowed down in the Regulator Channels, yang energy moves more rapidly. The excess yang can cause the following problems: swelling and pain in the joints, cold knees, paralysis of the arms and legs, painful back and sides, aching muscles, pain in the head, neck and edge of the eyebrows, fever, rashes, night sweating, tetanus, painful red eyes, colds and superficial fevers.
Similarly, when yang energy is slowed down in the Regulator Channels, yin energy moves more rapidly. The excess yin can cause the following problems: heart pain, diarrhea with stomach rumbling, difficulty swallowing, pain on both sides of the chest, diseases associated with cold and convulsions.
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