The Kidney Meridian is the Yin aspect of the water element while the Urinary Bladder Meridian is its Yang partner.
The Kidney Meridian is considered the “Root of Life” because it houses the essence or the prenatal force that we are given from our parents at conception, this essence being yuan chi (Qi / Ki). Although this meridian is named for the kidneys, it also includes the adrenals (which physically sit on top of the kidneys.) The adrenal glands secrete a wide array of essential hormones that regulate metabolism, support immunity, and control sexual potency and fertility. (The kidney system also includes what the Chinese call the ‘external kidneys’: the testicles in men and the ovaries in women, so is very important in sexual vitality.) As if that wasn’t enough, the kidney energy controls the growth and development of bone and marrow, which the Chinese consider to also include the brain and the spinal cord.
The location of the Kidney organs mean that any deficiencies of the Kidney energy may result in lower back pain. The Kidneys dominate the gateway to the Ming Men Point and have a Yin and Yang quality. The Kidney Yang has a true Fire quality and is responsible for warming the body and other organs. The Kidney Yin has a true water quality and moistens and nourishes the body and organs.
Physical symptoms of an imbalance in the Kidney Energy includes but not limited too:
- Lower Back Pain
- Menstrual dysfunction
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Painful Knees and Ankles
- Teeth and Gum problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional feelings associated includes fear, lack of will power, phobias, shame and paranoia
Urinary Bladder Meridian
The Urinary Bladder Meridian is considered the “Minister of the Reservoir” because of its ability to excrete waste products. Being the longest meridian of the body, it is associated with the autonomic nervous system. Stress and tension play a key part when bladder chi is dysfunctional. When the sympathetic nervous system is over stimulated we can be in a constant flux of fight or flight. In the long term this can result in depression, feelings of in-adequateness, anxiety, stress and fear.
Physical symptoms of an imbalance in the Urinary Bladder Energy includes:
- Frequent and Urgent Urination
- Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
- Aversion to Cold
- Occipital Headaches
- Stiff Neck
- Emotions associated with Urinary Bladder energy includes lack of confidence, jealousy, holding onto long term grudges