Exploring Meridians Series – Part 7 – Triple Heater Meridian

Meridians Series by Caroline Thomas of Hoof and Paw Holistic Therapies.

Part 7 – The Triple Heater Meridian


The Triple heater meridian is very much associated with your horse’s immune system and also relates to the thyroid and adrenal glands. It is a ‘Fire’ meridian and is mostly known for its connection to the stress response. This is clearly reflected in the ‘flight and fight’ response of your horse and horses certainly know how to use this response. By clearing and balancing this meridian better health can be established in their mind and body.  Your horse is continually ‘primed’ for a predator to enter their field. Even if this may seem farfetched to you, it is very real to your horse. The immune system of your horse is constantly being compromised on a daily basis. The pollution, the processed food and the environment that our horses are subjected to are constantly putting your horse under pressure.

The triple heater meridian is activated every time your horse feels under pressure or is stressed. It works alongside the ‘flight and fight’ response and comes alive when your horse’s heart is racing and your horse wants to get away as feels threatened, this could be from something as simple as a plastic bag taking flight in the wind. Once activated it can be very hard to shut down and at the same time your horse’s body is being filled with hormones as it prepares to make its great escape.

As you can imagine this meridian is being tested on a regular basis as shadows and noises are often the cause of the ‘flight and fight’ response.  If your horse has not been socialised enough when they were a young foal. The world can and will appear to be a very scary place. Lack of socialisation is the key to so many fear problems that manifest in later life. Get your foal socialised to as many stimulants as possible. What happens is that the meridian once stimulated, becomes over energised and won’t switch off. It will cause your horse to be very skittish and unsettled causing their immune system to be challenged. Immune system illness are growing at an alarming rate in humans, ME, MS, Fibromyalgia to name a few. We are seeing more immune system illness’s in our horses too. This is where the problem lies. The fact is that a compromised immune system will allow physical illnesses to take hold.  If the triple heater is over stimulated the ‘over energy’ is often connected to conditions such as a hyperactive thyroid and skin problems as ‘stress’ will often manifest in the skin first. Horses that are overweight with no known cause, this often be caused by their immune system being compromised. There have been and are so many studies of immune system diseases, yet there still are no definitive answers.  What is known however is that ‘stress’ of any kind will only make the condition worse and that it will  often trigger another episode. We cannot keep our horses away from stress but if we know what causes them un-necessary stress we can be more careful as to what they are exposed to. Write a list of all of the things that ‘freak’ your horse out and work out how many times in the week they will come across those triggers. Make a plan as to how you can help your horse avoid these stressful situations. By taking a more proactive approach and understanding what causes stress to your horse will go a long way in helping to keep them calm. Strategies for coping with stresses when they occur and practical logical thinking, will help your horse both in the short term and in the long term. Preventing the occurrence of stress can only lead to a calm and happy horse, which is what you ultimately both will want.

TripleHeaterMeridianSoothing the triple heater meridian

Rubbing your hand gently along the triple warmer meridian will strengthen the energy but if you run your hand backward along the meridian it will calm the meridian. It only matters that you know where the starting point and the finishing point of the meridian are. When your horse has just freaked out at something that has spooked them. Gently rub your hand backwards along the meridian until your horse calms down. The upside of this is that, this meridian likes to be energised, it loves a drama. So by rubbing the meridian backwards on a regular basis, this will have a longer lasting effect towards helping your horse’s immune system.

The tapping point for the Triple heater meridian is on the back of the hand. Approximately half an inch behind the middle of the knuckles of the ring and little finger. If you connect yourself to the energy of your horse and hold a quiet space. Tap rhythmically on an issue that may be spooking your horse.



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A huge thank you to Caroline Thomas for this incredible seventh part covering the Triple Heater Meridian in this wonderful series of articles we will be bringing you over the coming months exploring the 12 meridians in depth.

Links to the previous articles in the series are below:

Part 1 – Introduction click here,

Part 2 – Heart Meridian click here,

Part 3 – Small Intestine Meridian click here.

Part 4 – Bladder Meridian click here.

Part 5 – Kidney Meridian click here

Part 6 – Heart Protector Meridian click here

Part 7 – Triple Heater Meridian click here

Part 8 – Gall Bladder Meridian click here

Part 9 – Liver Meridian click here

Also thanks to her very talented son Michael for the beautiful artwork that compliments the article.

For more information on Caroline visit her website http://emotionalhealing4animals.co.uk or follow her on Facebook at Hoof and Paw.