Kidney and Bladder cleansing with massage therapist, Aumkara Newhouse at Red Lotus in Beaverton, Oregon
Dehydration warning! Winter is kidney and bladder cleansing time
In Oriental medicine winter is kidney and bladder Life Force cleansing time and many of my clients are coming in dehydrated with sore kidney/bladder points in feet and calves. Warm clearish liquids such as decaf green tea, brothy soup such as miso with seaweed -careful - not too many minerals or too much salt as the kidneys are cleansing and extra minerals may not help and can actually decrease vitality. Yet some person do need the minerals so try step by step to see what helps you.
This can also result in cold feet - part of the fight and flight response. Extremities get less blood in fight and flight because they are most likely to be injured so the body reduces flow via muscle tension in the little muscles around the capillaries and the bigger muscles as time goes on in fight and flight then they lock. This give very sore very tight calves. Many chronic diseases have this as a symptom.
A small amount of Peanut oil rubbed into the calves can also help with muscle soreness.
The bladder meridian starts on the bridge of the nose and goes over the top of the head, so headaches are also associated with dehydration in this way.
Life Force is most active in the Bladder from 3-5:00 pm and the Kidney from 5-7:00 pm. These are Key times to increase water intake and, for many persons, also electrolytes. Chewing your water and any liquid will mix it with amylase; a digestive enzyme found only in saliva that will dramatically increase waters absorptivity and bio-availability.
Finally, each tooth pair top and bottom has a meridian associated with it. So if you are having issues with a particular organ, check the tooth and for scars. Here is a website with a chart to show which teeth are involved. http://www.meridiantoothchart.com/tooth_charts.html