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Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue seems to have become an epidemic in our society. So many people are going through life exhausted. It’s no wonder, either, when you consider that multi-tasking has been mistakenly equated to efficiency.

When you feel constantly fatigued, there could be an imbalance in two of your energy systems:

  • Kidney Meridian is depleted
  • Triple Warmer Meridian is on alert


Kidney Meridian

If the Kidney Meridian is deficient it is thought to cause the energy in all of the other meridians to run backwards. The direction of flow in the meridians is defined by the order of the so-called acupuncture points that lie along that meridian. In the case of the Kidney Meridian, for instance, the energy flows from point K1 in the sole of the foot to point K27, located at the collar bone. In the case of the Stomach Meridian, the energy flows from point ST1 below the eye to point ST45 at the tip of the second toe. And so it goes for all of the meridians.


When the energy in the meridians is flowing backwards the simplest activities could leave you feeling wiped you out. A brisk walk, for example, which is normally invigorating may leave you feeling like you need a nap.

There’s a domino effect at work here. Deficient Kidney Meridian energy causes the energies in the other meridians to run backwards. Meridian energies running backwards is believed to cause the other energies associated with the body, which normally flow in a healthy, kaleidoscopic figure-8 pattern to run straight up and down in what is called a homolateral pattern of flow.


When the energies are homolateral, depression, compromised immune system function, chronic illness and other problems may develop.

As this cascade of energy imbalances proceeds, the Triple Warmer Meridian, sensing that something is amiss, assumes that there is imminent danger and swings into action by ostensibly firing the fight/flight response.

Triple Warmer is believed to govern the adrenals. When Kidney Meridian energy becomes deficient and causes the cascade of energy imbalances listed above, Triple Warmer fuels the fight/flight response with energy that it steals from the Kidney Meridian (the adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys) and from the Spleen Meridian.

When your adrenals don’t have sufficient energy you may experience what is known as adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms that include nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. It’s one of the common diagnoses in our stress-ridden world.

But it doesn’t stop there. The energetic foundation of your immune system is believed to be your Spleen Meridian. And since Triple Warmer Meridian also draws energy out of the Spleen Meridian whenever it goes into an alert state, our immune system function may be compromised.

This is exactly why it’s probably no coincidence that, in our stress soaked society, autoimmune disorders are at epidemic levels. From the perspective of the body’s energy system, a stress response is thought to cause the following sequence:


  • Kidney Meridian energy becomes depleted when from the pace of life being in overdrive all the time.
  • This Kidney Meridian deficiency causes the energy in the other meridians to run backwards relative to the direction of flow that accompanies vibrant health.
  • This backward-running energy causes the other energies associated with your body to go into a homolateral pattern of flow.
  • Triple Warmer senses that something is happening and is thought to fire off the fight/flight response.
  • To supply the energy to fuel the fight/flight state, Triple Warmer steals energy from Spleen Meridian and the Kidney Meridian.
  • All of this is thought to cause the energy of your immune system function to crash and is further thought to be related to adrenal fatigue.

So not only could this cascade of energy collapsing leave you feeling tired, achy and generally lousy, it could also make you more prone to getting hit with colds, flu, or any other opportunistic illness that happen to be making the rounds.

There are several Energy Medicine methods you might use right now to take Triple Warmer off its alert status, return your energies to the healthy, crossover pattern that is thought to be the harbinger of good health, get the energies in your meridians moving in the right direction, and strengthen the energy in your Kidney Meridian.

Simply add the following Energy Medicine processes to your daily routine. Don’t try and add them all at once. Add them one or two at a time as it feels right.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

signs of kidney disease September 12, 2012 at 1:54 am

I could not resist commenting. Well written!

GERALDINE March 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

I was researching with respect to Oscar Pistorius and his LACK OF K1 acu point and part of his legs etc – he is a highly stressed individual who has probably had totally over stressed adrenals etc with an excess of cortisol/imbalance/over production of testosterone/not enough testosterone/sexual dysfunction etc etc
Your article is well written and easy to follow. Do you have any comments re the issue of amputees and their inability to connect to the stream of ions coming from the Earth via K1?

marangyi March 12, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hi Geraldine,

Thank you for your kind words about my article on adrenal fatigue.

The question you raise is a very interesting one and is one that applies to all amputees.

Just because a person may have lost a limb does not mean that the acupoints that were associated with the amputated limb are also lost. It might be viewed as coincidental. Let me use your reference to the Kidney-1 (K1) behind the ball of the foot to explain what I mean. If a person like Oscar Pistorius loses his legs, the physical legs are gone but the meridians are still there. The existence of the meridians is not constrained by the existence of the leg and foot with which they were previously associated. In fact, a person could “hold” the acupoints with their fingers at the location where the client’s limb used to be and have much the same effect as holding the physical points would have. A practice such as this is similar to so-called Remote Healing processes.

The existence of phantom limb energies has been demonstrated by Harry Oldfield’s Polycontrast Interference Research.

I hope that this helps to shed some light on your question.


Carol Ann Thomas April 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hi Ron,
Wonderful site! Trying to overcome adrenal fatigue stage 3 and poor digestion so really appreciate adding your energy medicine workouts to my nutritional and rest program. Wondering how important is it to do all the recommendations together and in the precise order given, can you work a few of the points and bear results? Also, are the results you get based on your biochemical health? Thanks. Carol Ann Thomas

marangyi May 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Hi Carol,

Thank you for your question.

I apologize for the tardiness of my response. For some reason, I never received the system-generated email alerting me about your comment.

In any case, it is best to proceed slowly with adding Energy Medicine components to your regimen. If you try to do too much too soon, you’re likely to set yourself back.

To that end, regarding your adrenal fatigue, you might want to start by gradually adding some of the components that are linked on my page dealing with adrenal fatigue.

I hope this helps.

Please keep in touch and let me know how you’re doing.


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