Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”; they take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet.

Well, here we are again in one of the sweetest and busiest months of the year: December. It can be stressful. Is it a coincidence that the emotion for the Kidney/Bladder Meridian is fear and anxiety? Definitely not!

Throughout the past year, you have read in my articles that each season governs a couple of meridians. Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”; they take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet.

Kidney and Bladder Meridians’ acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe. (That last Acupoint is famous for turning a “breech baby.”)

You can help the above functions…
You can help your health and problems with the above functions by rubbing your feet. Start at the bottom up around the ankle bones, move to the inside ankle bone. And, rubbing along your spine and on your head to the eyebrows will help the Bladder Meridian. Rub your foot for about one minute and move to the other. You can’t do it wrong or miss the points – there are so many Acupoints on the feet. For low back pain or kidney bladder problems, sit on a chair and rub your low back up and down for a minute.

Food that helps, too…
Foods to help your Bladder Meridian are grapes, pears, strawberries, watermelon, celery, eggplants, chives, raspberries, water chestnuts, green beans, walnuts, carrots, lettuce and onions. Foods to help your Kidney Meridian are black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, caraway seeds, dill, plums, pork, string beans, tangerines, walnuts. For kidney stones, eat star fruits and walnuts. For kidney weakness, eat kidney beans and sweet potatoes.

Foods and emotions of the season…
Foods for the winter season are artichokes, barley, clams, crabs, millet, oysters and seaweed. If you are on a restricted diet and cannot eat one of the above foods – don’t!

The emotions for the season are fear and anxiety. Remember to breathe in deeply, hold for the count of four, exhale deeply, and repeat four times – as often as possible. Try to work up to a count of 7, 14, and then 32. Be sure to ask for my help when you come in for your Kidney and Bladder Meridian tune up.

Wishing you all the best to get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy!


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In April 2009 I went to a walk in clinic and I was given an antibiotic for a bladder infection. I had a really bad allergic reaction from the antibiotic. I had instant insomnia and after 4 days of not sleeping went to the ER, I was given medications to help me sleep and they sent me home. I got worse and worse and suddenly was not able to eat almost everything.

I was only able to eat boiled meats and steamed veggies with butter. I ate the same six foods every day for months. In three months my weight went from 146 lbs to 119 lbs. I only got out of bed to go to the bathroom. I had to leave my job and my husband has to work from home to take care of me. I couldn’t do anything for myself I was so weak.

In July 2009 after going from doctor to doctor and not getting any help a friend who had been to Dr. Debra Gaffney told me about her. I decided to give her a try. It was a 90 minute drive to see her and I will say it was so worth it. From the very beginning Dr. Gaffney was wonderful, so kind and so compassionate. I have never heard of her treatment, but thought it really made sense. She ran a test to see what my body was sensitive to and we found out my body was sensitive to everything, so that is why I feel like I was at deaths door.

Well after the very first treatment I felt almost like my old self. I was absolutely amazed and so was my family. I continued on with all the treatment and found I was getting better and better. I was up and out of bed and I was eating more and more foods every day. I was able to go off the medication for sleep and finally get to sleep on my own. Today I weigh 138 lbs and I can say I am thrilled to have my life back. I will never forget Dr. Gaffney. She is my angle and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate the day I met her.


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