The Bladder Meridian is the longest energy pathway in the body and the most influential since it passes through all the other meridians. As you can see the Bladder Meridian begins at the inner corner of the eye and runs the length of the back of the body and ends at the small toe.
The functional aspect of the bladder is to store and eliminate urinary waste passed down from the kidneys, but it also is closely related to the functions and balance of the autonomic nervous system. The Bladder Meridian runs the length of the spine with two parallel branches on each side of the spinal column. These four branches of bladder energy greatly influence the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the nervous system, which regulates all the basic, vital body functions. Having energy balanced along the spine can alleviate tension and pain and promote deep relaxation.
The stress of modern life many times creates an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which promotes constant anxiety and fear. This can be accompanied by tension and discomfort along the spine. This tension if chronic activates a constant fight or flight response, depletes our adrenals, and weakens the immune system.
Some symptoms of bladder imbalance are:
- Lack of decision-making capability.
- Habitual fear
- Anger, anxiety, suspicion
- Holding on to long-standing grudges