The Large Intestine Life Cycle
The physical large intestine helps to expel any form of toxicity from the body. The Large Intestine meridian does the same thing energetically. This can be physical toxicity or emotional. In Chinese medicine, the Lung and Large Intestine are very influential in the grieving process, because the Large Intestine’s job is to help us “let go” (so the Lung can bring in new energy of value to our world). People who are “pack-rats” on a physical, emotional, or spiritual level may have some stagnation in the energy of this Large Intestine meridian.
The Large Intestine channel represents a stronger version of boundary making than the Lung in the sense that its job is to push things out, rather than draw them in. If the Large Intestine is out of balance, people erect too strong a boundary and can’t let others in, and overly obsessed with neatness or order, or, on the other side, can’t seem to make appropriate boundaries at all. On the physical level, this can result in constipation or diarrhea.
The meridian can be used to treat shoulder pain, nasal congestion, toothache, headache, and bowel issues.