Acupuncture points for anxiety – case study
The other thing with the nervous system is that they communicate without and within. Now this is interesting because of what we just said about the yin and the yang organs. We can look at this, then this whole nervous system piece of communicating without and within as the urinary bladder functional official system, however you want to word it, being responsible for that communication that’s coming in and then really key here is how is it that it’s communicating to the kidney in yin essence organ, in terms of how it is that we want to respond. So it is like that the thing that connects the urinary bladder and the kidneys is not the nervous system necessarily, but it’s that same idea, there’s that communication constantly, we’re in constant assessment, I guess, is what I’m trying to say of the outside world so that we can stabilize our internal world.
This is so interesting. Look at this urinary bladder Meridian and where it goes specifically here. Isn’t that interesting? So there are many branches to the urinary bladder meridian. This is the regular meridian, primary meridian and there are two. We have the inner bladder line right here and we have the outer bladder line right here, but what’s fascinating to me is that it runs the entire length of the spine right up to the brain. It also, I don’t think this is getting too deep into it. It also kind of covers the whole back body and so the urinary bladder meridian is considered sort of the most superficial meridian. I don’t know if superficial is the right word, but it’s the most on the surface. So again, it’s in contact with our environments to make sure that we are in constant assessment so that we stay alive and this is interesting because of this whole connection with the kidneys and the threat response. This is one of the things that can get really skewed with urinary bladder pathology, from a mental, emotional perspective, at least is that, that assessment gets skewed. Either we’re in constant assessment or we are unable to intuitively assess when there’s a risk, this is why the risk assessment comes into play.
We’ll talk a little bit more, just kind of about, I guess, the bladder in a sense in itself. So the bladder pathology from a five element perspective it looks a lot like mobilizing. So mobilizing the back body and the back muscles standing upright. So kind of in that erect position with your spine. It mobilizes all of these structures that are associated with water and interestingly enough, a lot to do with the nervous system. So that we can run. There’s a really common theme of urinary bladder pathology, people not being able to sit still. They’re very jittery. There’s this frenetic energy that they’re feeling constantly from the external world and because that quality of being able to assess in harmony and feel safe and not feel threatened or just be being able to kind of be at ease and be sort of relaxed. There’s just this is kind of thing that happens with these personalities. They’re very restless, again, very, very, very frenetic. People also, because there’s not a sort of natural ability to assess when there might be proper risk there’s a tendency with these personality types to be adrenaline junkies. So they’ll jump out of planes. They’ll do, I don’t know, like daredevil tricks on their motorcycle or something. I’m not that kind of personality, but you get that kind of idea, that risk assessment will falter.
The other response to that could be that there’s a hyper arousal state. So there’s this hyper risk assessment that’s happening and they don’t trust anything and they become immobilized. I find that this has maybe a little bit more to do with the kidneys and you can watch the video on the kidneys if you want to get a bit more that but it is possible that there can be almost like a freeze response in the back body. So along that whole urinary bladder meridian and then we kind of just tighten up and interestingly enough, the thermal temperature associated with water is cold, which of course is what’s responsible for freezing. So let’s go to a case study here, this was a patient of mine, male, 36 years old. His chief complaint was stressed and getting frustrated with his kids, his secondary complaint, which I thought was so fascinating was putting energy out all the time for not a lot of return. He showed up as being frenetically hyperactive. He literally did not rest. He was sleeping, I think maybe three hours a night when he first started coming to see me and that’s not enough for anybody, no matter who you are. There was no sense of fear. He was very involved in, again, those adrenaline sports and I’m trying to find the word for them, but it’s not like my; I’m not involved in them so I can’t think of that word off the top of my head, but I’m sure you know what I mean and there was this constant theme of pushing through everything.
So he felt like he had to do everything. He had, I think, six businesses on the go and so another theme with water is it’s very much related to potential. If you remember that from the five-element video and there can be, and this kind of is where it gets a little bit screwy rather with the fear and risk assessment is that they’ll push through everything, not respecting their own actual limits. So in an almost like unconscious way, they’re pushing through and they’re not able to actually assess like my vital energy, which keeps me alive and well every day I don’t have enough connection with that to think that it’s important enough that I should actually rest and stop like my drive to bring my potential forth is so huge that I will do it at any cost. The ability to assess like again from an unconscious or subconscious place is this action worth me giving up my deep vital reserves? Is it worth me bringing; do I have to bring this potential forth and am I willing to give that piece up? So that gets very skewed and so there’s a huge, huge component of burnout with these kinds of people, they’ll go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go and then just absolutely crash. The tank is empty and the visual for this one would be somebody speeding down the street with an empty tank of gas. They look like they’re going fast and they’re winning the race and everything like that, but they are just completely depleted inside.