... frequent urination, chilliness in the back; tendency to bend the back; subluxation of the 5th lumbar vertebra area; tightness in the legs, tension in the hara malfunctioning of the womb; inflammation of the bladder and pain and feeling of retained urine." Psychological associations when jitsu (congested energy) include: "Worry over trivial details; nervous stress; restlessness; oversensitivity." Physical associations when jitsu: "Stiff-necked pain in the lower cervical and thoracic vertebrae. Heaviness in the back of the head towards the eyes. Tension in the shoulder muscles; tightness in the back of the leg; nasal congestion; frequent urination; inflammation or pain in the bladder or prostate area. Strained autonomic nervous system."
Many of these symptoms and indications can be explained by channel theory, relating to the energetic pathway associated with the bladder in Chinese medicine. The bladder channel, or meridian, is pictured to the right. It extends from the inside corner of the eye, over the head, down the back, down the back of the leg, and along the outside of the foot to the pinky toe.
Akebia quinata Mu Tong / Mokutsu
Alisma plantago Water Plantain / Ze Xie / Takusha
Poria cocos Tuckahoe / Fu Ling / Bukuryo
Rehmannia glutinosa Chinese Foxglove / Sheng Di / Shojio
Spirodela polyrhiza Duckweed / Fu Ping / Fehei
Carthamus tinctorius Safflower / Hong Hua / Koka
In Article 19: Effective "Twelve-Hour Herbal" Prescriptions to Improve Blood Circulation for Shichen-Related Injuries:
Triticum aestivum Wheat 6.24 grams
Panax ginseng Ginseng 6.24 grams
"Decoct in half a cup of water to prepare 2.48 grams (8 fen). Drink when your stomach is empty."
Familiar herbs to the American herbalist that are used for the bladder include:
Corn Silk Zea mays Yi Mi Xu / Gyokumaishu
(to be continued...)