As this meridian travels down the full length of the body, it governs the nervous system.
The meridian metaphors (ie, the associated emotions) for the Bladder meridian are:
- (negatively) Fear, suspicion and Futility
- (positively) Courage, trust and hope
When the energy in Bladder meridian is flowing well, the nervous system is properly nourished, and we have the courage we need to move forward; belief that things can improve, and will change for the better, and trust, or bitachon, that whatever situation we're in right now, even if it's very challenging or difficult, it's somehow for our good, and our problems won't go on for ever.
When the energy isn't flowing so well, we can become very fearful and scared about what's going to be; we get overwhelmed by problems, and can't see any way of solving them, and we lose hope that the future is going to be any different or better, which can cause us to fall in to a pit of futility and despair.
When this happens, the outside world can become a very dark, foreboding, scary place. If you want to know why children often wet the bed after they've been ashamed, upset or traumatised in some way, you'll find the answer here.
Peak time for the meridian: 3-5pm
Energy flow: Yang (externally- focussed)
Indications that the flow in the Bladder meridian might be out of balance:
- Bladder problems (no surprise there…)
- All sorts of back and shoulder pains
- Arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis
- Turned-in feet; foot and ankle problems, bunions, flat feet
- Feeling off-balance
- Hard to walk
- Feeling despairing, pessimistic and suspicious of everything and everyone
Simple ways to balance it at home:
- Trace the meridian with your hand: use the flat of your hand to trace up the pathway of the meridian. SEE PICTURE
- Massage the neurolymphatic points to release blocked energy, emotions and toxins. For bladder, there are two paired points on the lower back: the knobs that stick out on your hip-bones, and then a little further up, about 1 inch away from the spine on either side, on the same level as the lowest part of your ribcage. On the front, you'll find a set of paired points an inch to either side of your belly button. Massage vigorously for around 10 seconds (and if it hurts, it's because you need it.)
- If you're experiencing overall back pain, sedate the acupressure points for bladder. (see pictures on page 2) Just hold the first set of points for 2-3 minutes; switch sides, hold for 2-3 minutes, then hold the second set of points for around a minute, again doing both sides.
Weird factoids about the Bladder meridian:
Men take note: worrying about going bald can actually make it happen! Remember that the meridian's energy pathway goes up from the middle of the eyebrows, over the back of the head? Also remember that a weak Bladder meridian, (ie, one that's full of futility, worry and despair) will have a direct, negative impact on every part of our nervous system, and vice-versa?
Now, recall the expression that people can 'tear their hair out' from worry and despair? Well, it's true. When the energy in Bladder meridian is weak, there's not enough juice coming out of it for your hair to grow. So stop worrying about your hair falling out, as you're only making the problem worse.
The last weird factoid to share on Bladder is that if you're getting headaches at the back of your head, Bladder meridian may well be trying to tell you something.