Updated: Oct 20
This blog includes a variety of tips that support the health and vitality of the kidney & bladder meridian system. Use these tips in-between appointments in order to maximize your well being and healing process.
Kidney and Bladder Function
There are significant differences between how Eastern and Western medicine view the organs.
According to Western Medicine the main function of the Kidneys is to filter and purify blood and body fluids and to maintain chemical balance. The bladder's function is to remove liquid waste and toxins out of the body.
According to Chinese Medicine the Kidneys and Bladder have a more complex function. Their functions cover both physical and mental properties. These are not only dependent on the organ itself but on its meridian which is a pathway along the body where vital energy flows. There are twelve such pathways associated with specific organs.
Kidney Function according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
• Regulates Water and Fluid movement
• Produces bone marrow
• Influences growth and development
• Governs reproduction
• Determines the vitality and length of our lives
• Stores inherited constitution (Vital Essence) called Jing Qi
• Houses the “Zhi,” which is in charge of mental drive and courage, and provides determination and focus to accomplish goals and dreams
Bladder Function according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
• Stores and excretes urine
• Helps maintain normal fluid levels in the body
Physical and emotional Symptoms associated with Kidney and Bladder meridians when they are out of balance:
• Asthma, Shortness of breath
• Weak and/or brittle bones
• Backache, Knee problems/ weakness
• Dull, throbbing headache
• High blood pressure
• Cystitis, Frequent urination
• Kidney stones
• Impotence, Prostate disorders
• Loose stools
• Broken, split and/or dull hair/ Premature graying
• Dark rings under eyes
• Poor teeth
• Tight hamstrings/ calves
• Lethargy and/or fatigue
• Poor memory
• Fear, Panic attacks
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Lack of willpower
• Moaning and groaning
Dietary advise to support your kidneys & bladder:
Food to Add
• Barley, Buckwheat, Beet greens, Green beans, Kidney beans, Mung beans, Lentils, Sesame seeds, Soybeans (Black), String beans
• Fennel, Peas, Radish leaf
• Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries
• Watermelon, Tangerines
• Peanuts, Chestnuts
• White rice
• Egg yolk, Lamb
• Chives, Cinnamon bark, Clove, Dill seed, Salt (In moderation)
• Hijiki, Kale, Kelp, Miso, Tempeh/Tofu, Wakame
Food to Avoid
• Alcohol, Cigarettes,
• Artificial sweeteners
• Canned veggies, Frozen dinners
• Coffee, Stimulants
• Corned beef, Hot dogs, Sausage
• Dairy products
• Pickles, Pungent foods, Salt (In excess)
DIY Acupressure Points
This section provides you with the most effective points for the kidneys & bladder. Rubbing acupressure points 30-60 seconds can stimulate and promote health and well-being.
Kidney 3 :
Location: In the depression between
the inner ankle and Achilles tendon.
Located at the same level as the
Function: used for
-low back, ankle and foot pain,
-abdominal pain and discomfort
-deafness, tinnitus, headache, dizziness
-cough, asthma, wheezing
-impotence, irregular menstruation
Location: In the small
indentation approximately 1 inch
directly below the inside ankle bone.
Functions: Used for
- painful, swollen and sore throat
- painful and red eyes
- sleep disturbances
- irregular and painful menstruation, post-partum difficulties, genital
- limbs, ankle and foot pain.
Location: In the depression
between the outer ankle and
Achilles tendon. Located at the
same level as the ankle bone.
Functions: Used to treat
- backaches, and pain in
shoulder, neck and head
- burning urination
- painful menses.
Location: Located on the inner
edge of the eyebrows.
Functions: This point helps with
- blurry and difficult vision,
- red and painful eyes
- headaches around or behind the eyes, sinus
- facial paralysis and facial tics
Location: Located off the breastbone, in the hollow below the collarbone. There
may be a slight indentation.
Functions: this point helps with:
- the immune system
- breathing difficulties, asthma, coughing, hiccups,
- sore throats,
- anxiety, premenstrual tension, and depression.
- focus and performance.
Awaken Your Kidney Energy:
- After you locate KD 27, place the right middle finger on the left KD 27 point
- and the left middle finger on the right KD 27 point.
- Gently tap or rub these points. To enhance the effect,
- “hook” the middle finger of either hand into your navel. Press KD 27 with the middle finger and thumb of the other hand and softly pull upward with the finger in the navel. Breathe deeply for a few breaths.
Kidney and Bladder Meridian Exercises
These are specific exercises for the activation of the body’s own energy systems. Each pose was specifically chosen because it has the greatest impact upon the healthy functioning of the kidneys & bladder.
1) Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front
of you. Keep your knees slightly bent, do not lock
them. If this causes any discomfort, you can sit on
a folded blanket and bend your knees slightly out
to the side.
2) With chin slightly tucked, slowly stretch forward,
reaching your hands toward your toes. If you
cannot touch your toes, reach for your knees, shins
or ankles. Relax your head.
3) As you breathe in, focus your breath along your
back and spine. Expanding outwards with each
inhalation, and imagining that you are expanding
your back like a big balloon. As you exhale, allow
your body to relax deeper into the stretch.
4) Hold this position for a few breaths.
Bicycle Pedal Leg Press
1) Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in
front of you. Keep your heels together and knees
2) Take a deep breath in, as you exhale, bend your
upper body forward from the hips. Grab your feet if
you can; if not, grab your knees or ankles.
3) Relax your neck, allowing your head to hang
4) Push your left hip and left heel forward, away
from you, and pull your right hip and right heel
closer to you.
5) As you push forward with your left foot, reach
forward with your extended left arm.
6) Rhythmically alternate the synchronized leg and
arm movements for each side.
1) Place the soles of your feet together.
2) Pull them back as close to your groin as possible.
3) Place hands, palms up, under your ankles and
4) Rest your elbows on top of your inner thighs,
keep your back straight, and apply a slight
downward pressure with your elbows.
5) Press your knees downward, closer to the floor,
without straining them.
6) Use your weight and elbow to press your right
leg down, then release. Do the same for the left
side. Use the momentum to rock from side-to-side.
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As mentionned above this blog is designed to give you tools to enhance your kidney & bladder wellness .
Please remember to use these tips in-between appointments in order to maximize your well being and healing process.
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