Qigong for the Kidney & Bladder Channels
Qigong for the Kidney & Bladder Channels. This lesson reviews the morning warm-up exercises designed to support the Kidney and Bladder channels. From there, you will enjoy a qigong flow focused on the power of these two meridians. Acupressure massage on the ankles and face round out the class.
Here are benefits of and details about the acupressure points you’ll massage.
Taixi (KI-3) is a significant acupuncture point in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is located along the kidney meridian and has various therapeutic uses. Here’s some information about Taixi:
– Location: Taixi (KI-3) is situated on the inner side of the ankle, in the depression between the Achilles tendon and the ankle bone (medial malleolus). Specifically, it is found roughly at the level of the ankle.
– Functions: Taixi is associated with the kidney meridian, and it is commonly used in TCM to address a variety of health issues. Some of its key functions and indications include:
1. Tonifying Kidney Qi and Yin: Taixi is often used to strengthen the kidney’s vital energy (Qi) and nourish kidney Yin. This point is valuable in TCM for conditions related to kidney deficiencies, such as urinary problems, lower back pain, and fatigue.
2. Regulating Water Metabolism: Taixi can help to balance the body’s water metabolism. It is useful for addressing edema, excessive sweating, and other conditions involving fluid imbalances.
3. Alleviating Pain: KI-3 can be used to relieve pain in the lumbar area (lower back) and knee. It is a valuable point for musculoskeletal issues related to the lower part of the body.
4. Improving Sexual Health: In TCM, Taixi is sometimes used to address sexual health concerns, including impotence and low libido.
5. Calming the Mind: This point has a calming effect on the mind and may be used for emotional issues such as anxiety and restlessness.
Bladder 1 (BL1) and Bladder 2 (BL2) are specific acupuncture points along the bladder meridian in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Here’s some information about these points:
1. Bladder 1 (BL-1) – Jingming:
– Location: BL1 is located in the inner corner of the eye, right where the tear duct meets the nose. It’s essentially the point at the medial canthus of the eye.
– Functions: BL1 is associated with the bladder meridian endpoint. It is often used to treat eye-related conditions, such as redness, itching, excessive tearing, and eye strain. It may also be used for sinus issues and headaches.
2. Bladder 2 (BL-2) – Zanzhu:
– Location: BL2 is situated in the depression at the medial end of the eyebrow, directly above the inner corner of the eye.
– Functions: BL2 is commonly used for issues affecting the eyes, including eye pain, blurred vision, and other visual disturbances. It can help relieve eye strain and tension.
Both BL-1 and BL-2 are frequently used in acupuncture and acupressure to address eye problems, especially those related to fatigue, stress, or tension in the eye area. However, it’s essential to consult a trained TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, as they can recommend specific points tailored to your individual health needs. Acupuncture and acupressure are often used as part of a holistic approach to address a wide range of health concerns and promote overall well-being.