Urinary bladder peak time is 3 pm to 5 pm – Kidney is 5 pm to 7 pm
Color association: blue – Season most active: winter
Negative emotions: urinary bladder- easily irritated, timid
Kidney- fear, dread
Positive emotions: urinary bladder- soothed, caring
Kidney- brave, honest
Essential oils: urinary bladder- tea tree
Kidney- ylang ylang
Urinary Bladder Meridian
The urinary bladder meridian has 67 points, beginning at the inside of the eye, traveling down the body to the outside of the little toe. It travels down the spine in two lines on a traditional acupuncture chart. I tend to call it the double wide meridian, even though the line closest to the spine and the one directly outside the spine have different numbers. For simplification, there is one line on the chart.
Follow the enlarged chart for finding these points on your body. After locating a point, press on it a bit. Is it tender or sore? Do you have any of the conditions associated with this point? Place a PowerStrip over the area needing energy.
- UB 41-43 Pain between the shoulder blades, neck, shoulder
- UB 44-46 Poor circulation, stabbing pain and discomfort
- UB 47-49 Mid-back pain, liver issues
- UB 50-52 Low back pain, kidney, spleen issues
- UB 56-58 Lower leg pain, inflammation, muscle cramps
- UB 59 Back of ankle pain, swelling, discomfort
- UB 64-65 Outside foot pain, foot cramps, swelling
They kidney meridian has 27 points starting at the bottom center of the foot traveling up the inside of the leg and front of the body to just below the collarbone. You may view these points on the enlarged chart.
- KI 1 Bottom of foot, painful feet, cold feet, numbness
- KI 7-9 Lower leg weakness, edema, soreness
- KI 14-16 Distention, pain in low abdomen
- KI 17-19 Abdominal tightness, sharp pain
- KI 20-21 stomach ache, cramps, bloating
- KI 24-27 Chest pain, difficult breathing, tenderness
It is commonly accepted that meridian energy flow begins with the kidney meridian, traditionally called the “inherited” energy. When a person has a strong constitution, usually the kidney meridian has nice strong energy. When a person has a weak constitution, this meridian tends to have a low energy level. Boosting the kidney meridian gives stamina to the body.
This picture demonstrates an effective technique for strengthening kidney energy. Sit in a chair and cross the left leg over the right leg at the knee. Place the right hand over the ankle. Place the left hand on the bottom of the left foot which is the beginning of the kidney meridian. Hold the tongue on the roof of the mouth and do deep breathing for a few minutes. This technique boosts kidney energy, which in turn strengthens all meridians of the body. When feeling weak or “out of sorts” and need a jumpstart, take a few minutes to do this meridian strengthening technique.
Function of Urinary Bladder and Kidneys
The function of the urinary bladder is to hold and empty urine which contains waste filtered from the blood through the kidneys. Controlling the body’s fluid, electrolyte, and pH balance are also functions of the kidneys.
What Stresses the Urinary System?
Dehydration is one of the worst stressors for the urinary system. Have you noticed the low back becoming stiff when you haven’t had enough water? The kidneys sit right under the lowest ribs. And when the kidneys become a bit swollen, it will certainly be felt in the back. The number one cause of backache is most likely dehydration.
Balancing pH and electrolytes is difficult to do if key nutrients are not provided on a regular basis through the diet. Essential nutrients for healthy kidneys are: potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and B vitamins. Each Kidney contains over one million nephrons for filtering blood and forming urine. The more toxins and undigested food (from leaky gut syndrome) in the blood stream, the harder the kidneys work at keeping blood filtered. Do you sometimes have cloudy, dark, or smelly urine? The kidneys are working extra hard during these symptoms.
How Can I Support my Urinary System?
To keep the kidneys healthy, drink plenty of pure water throughout the day. Drink enough so urine is mostly clear and the back is not stiff and achy. Regularly detox, especially liver and bowel cleansing to ease the burden of the kidneys. In the winter be sure to keep the kidney area warm. When the mid-back becomes chilled, this stress will set off a cascade of unwanted symptoms.
To view a comprehensive chart with all organ correlations click here.