Heart & Small Intestine Imbalances

Does your horse suffer from excessive sweating or perhaps anxiety or manic behavior? These are conditions which can be caused by an imbalance in the Heart or Small Intestine meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

For the 3rd part of my TCM imbalance series, I will be focusing on these two sister meridians. And while the Heart and Small Intestine may seem like odd organs to pair together, remember that in Chinese Medicine, we’re referring more to the meridian (energetic pathway) with which the organ is associated than the organ itself.


Heart Meridian

The Heart meridian controls the flow of blood throughout the body, nourishing the tissues and removing toxins. It also controls what’s known as ‘mental’ energy or spirit (known as Shen). Because the Heart is such an important organ and meridian, it has a ‘protector’ known as the Pericardium (which also has it’s own meridian and will be included later in this series).

The Heart meridian begins near in the armpit of the horse, near the heart. It travels down the front leg (on each side of the horse), crosses behind the knee, and continues down the back edge of the outside of the leg. It ends just above the coronary band at Heart 9.


Imbalances in the Heart Meridian

If your horse has an imbalance within the Heart meridian, symptoms may include:

  • heart irregularities
  • shortness of breath
  • poor circulation
  • restlessness
  • shoulder pain or problems
  • excessive sweating

*I’d like to note that some imbalances result from the function of the meridian, while others are result of the location of the meridian.


Acupressure Points for Heart Meridian Imbalance


Heart points



Small Intestine Meridian

The Small Intestine meridian helps to nourish the entire body. It absorbs nutrients from food and water and separates what can be used by the body from what cannot (waste).

The Small Intestine meridian begins on the coronary band, near where the Heart meridian ends. It travels upward, staying on the outer part of the leg, goes over the ‘knee’ and veers back slightly, going over the elbow. It then travels behind the shoulder, up the back edge of the scapula and then up the middle of the neck. It ends at a point near the base of the ear.


Small Intestine Meridian Imbalances

Imbalances in this meridian may include:

  • Shoulder problems
  • Foreleg problems or lameness
  • Neck Stiffness
  • TMJ tension
  • Depression or lack of energy


Acupressure Points for Small Intestine Meridian Imbalance


Small Intestine Points




Stay tuned for Part 4 on the TCM imbalances! If you’d like to read the previous posts in this series, here they are:

Part 1: Lung and Large Intestine Imbalances

Part 2: Stomach and Spleen Imbalances






Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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