As we continue our yearlong journey through the Meridian System (energy pathways in the body), this month brings us to Bladder Meridian (BL). Bladder is Kidney Meridian’s (see FP Jan 2020) partner in the Water Element, according to the Five Elements model in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Both Meridians filter and help to eliminate fluid from our body and keeping BL happy and balanced, can help Kidney Meridian stay balanced, as well as improve many other aspects of our health.

The Bladder Meridian is the longest and most complex Meridian in the body and governs the nervous system. It runs from the inner corner of the eyes, over the head, down both sides of the spine, and ends at the little toe.  When the Bladder Meridian is imbalanced, we can experience physical systems such as a stiffness in our neck and shoulders, headaches, back pains, urinary issues, a lack of energy and even pain in the eyes.

Emotionally, an imbalance of Bladder energy can cause us to feel that our problems are unsolvable. We can also have an inability to express emotions, feel fearful and suspicious, as well as resist change because of a feeling of inflexibility. On the other hand, a balanced BL will help us feel courageous, trusting, and hopeful. When BL is balanced, we feel calmer and more peaceful and look forward to a future filled with endless possibilities. Through the TCM lens, Bladder is the storehouse of our emotions, and is most active from 3pm to 5 pm. If you feel a little slump during that time period, working with BL might help.

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