The Urinary Bladder (UB) is, just like the Kidney (KDY), also a controller of water in the body. There is a difference in the way they function though and the type of water they control. The main difference stems from the UB being a “yang” organ (extroverted…outward…etc) and the KDY being a yin organ (introverted…inward…etc) To remind you, water in chinese medicine has to do with resources, fear, and the truth.
Fear and the Various Responses: When fear kicks in, the three typical responses are fight, flight, or freeze. When it’s the KDY we are examining, we’re mostly talking about freezing. The KDY gives you a second to think and respond. Fight and flight, those are the UB’s responses. In the moment, we just act. This is why the UB is considered the head of security, constantly watching and there in a flash.
The After-Effect on the Body: In the office, we rarely witness the immediate response to fear. By the time we see a patient the initial adrenaline kick has stabilized and the body is in it’s response mode. This mode typically involves muscle tightness, especially on the back of the body, lack of sleep, fatigue, sluggish digestion, and other physical symptoms of extreme vigilance. The UB meridian runs down the entire back of the body and tightens in these situations, hence the back pain. Treatment allows the nervous system to calm down, the muscles to relax, and in turn the body is able to rest and heal.
Reduce Your Vigilance and you’ll see a lot of symptoms resolve. After all, the head of security needs time off as well. We live in a world where we are expected to be “on” all the time constantly tethered to work, the internet, social media, the news, and whatever else is in our world. Setting boundaries is critical and makes life simpler.