I’ve spoken of the Bladder Meridian being the longest and most influential since it crosses all the other meridians. During winter the energies are most active in Bladder and Kidney Meridians. This is the time of the water element. When the Bladder Meridian is out of balance both physical and emotional symptoms can occur.
Some physical symptoms associated with an imbalance in the Bladder Meridian are:
- urinary problems (i.e. frequent urination, incontinence)
- back pain
- eye pain
Emotional symptoms of Bladder Imbalance include: being fearful and inflexible, low energy, resisting change and a persistent negative attitude.
The Bladder Meridian is closely aligned with the autonomic nervous system because it runs down the entire length of the spine with two branches on either side of the backbone. These four branches directly influence the sympathetic and parasympathetic trunks of the autonomic nervous system which regulate our flight or fight response and all the body’s basic functions.
In today’s stressful world many people have overly stimulated sympathetic nervous systems; creating a constant state of fear or anxiety. Over time this anxiety tightens the muscles of the spine creating pain. Back tension and pain can be relieved by stimulating the energy flow along the Bladder Meridian.
Opening the energy channels of the Bladder Meridian will create a state of total relaxation and switch the autonomic nervous system over to the restful parasympathetic mode. Having your energy balanced with acupressure or acupuncture will positively affect both body and mind.