The Bladder is paired with the Kidneys as it is the Yang water organ, whilst the Kidneys are the Yin organ according to 5 Elements system of Chinese Traditional medicine and its colour is a deep Blue. The Bladders most active time is between 3pm – 5pm, which is why it is recommended to not drink fluids after 6pm to allow the Kidneys to rest overnight and that you don’t disturb your sleep needing to pee in the middle of the night.
Any imbalance in the Bladder system can cause psychological symptoms such as irrational fear, inability to make decisions and the possibility of diminished morality. If the imbalance becomes extreme, it may result in emotions such as jealousy, suspicion, and holding on to long-standing grudges.
The Bladder is also known as the ‘Minister of the Reservoir’ and is responsible for storing and excreting the urine or waste fluid from the kidneys and has only this function as an organ. However, as an energy system the bladder is intimately related to the functions and balance of the autonomous nervous system. This is because the Bladder energy meridian runs along the back of the body from head to heal, with two parallel branches flowing along each side of the spinal column.
This explains why so many of us suffer with back aches and why back massage is so popular and effective as it literally stimulates the flow of energy or Qi along these branches of the Bladder meridian allowing the autonomous nervous system that keeps us locked in to everyday life to relax and the restorative parasympathetic nervous system to take over. Chinese massage therapy such as Spine Rejuvenation, focuses primarily on these four spinal branches of the Bladder meridian because of their direct influence over the autonomous nervous system, which regulates all the body’s basic vital functions.