Energy Meridians & Seasons Spring - Liver & Gallbladder Summer - Heart & Small Intestine Indian Summer - Stomach & Spleen Autumn - Lung & Large Intestine Winter - Kidney & Bladder


The Kidney and Bladder Meridians

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The Kidney meridian starts at the bottom center of the foot and comes up over the ankle on the inside of the foot, travels up the leg to the knee on the inside, then up to the abdomen along the groin, up along the torso, in a line parallel to the midline of the body, and ends on the clavicle. It has 27 acupressure points.

The Kidney Circadian rhythm is from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This is a time of regeneration for the Kidneys. It is particularly helpful to do exercises and direct healing energies at this time.

Foods that nourish the Kidneys:  Seaweeds, wakame, lettuce, watercress, endive, escarole, turnip, celery asparagus, oats, quinoa, miso, tamari, millet, string beans, black beans, kidney beans, melons, watermelon, blackberries, blueberries, water chestnut, black sesame seeds or oil, potato, sardines, crab, clams, eggs, cheese, fenugreek, and walnuts. Drink lemon water.

Kidney Meridian Diagram

Essential oils for Kidney health:

Tonics: Lemon and Cedar Atlas.

Kidney support: Blue Hemlock, Cayenne, Geranium, Rose Geranium.

Cleansing: Lemon and Juniper berry.

Infection and cleansing: White fir and Lemon.

Herbs for Kidney health:

Goldenrod, Hydrangea Root, Horsetail, Celery Root, Gravel Root, Uva Ursi, Marshmallow Root, Parsley and Dandelion Root.

The Winter Meridians

Element: Water
Color: Blue
Yin Organs: Kidneys
Yan Organ: Bladder
Sense: Ears
Flavor: Salty
Fluid: Spittle
Emotion: Fear
Sound: Groaning


The Bladder meridian begins at the inside corner of the eye, travels up and over the head and down the neck; down along the neck parallel to the spinal column, down to the bottom of the spine; then back up the spinal column, parallel the spine; then down the back of the leg, over the back of the knee; down the calf and then over the outside of the leg, ending at the little point on the toe, on the outside of the toe. The Bladder is the largest meridian with 67 acupressure points.

Foods for Bladder health:  Blueberries, pears, apples, spring water, herbal tea, cranberries, yogurt and fermented dairy products, garlic, peanuts and cinnamon.

The Bladder Circadian rhythm is from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This is a time of regeneration for the bladder. It is particularly helpful to do exercises and direct healing energies at this time.

Bladder meridian diagram

Essential oils for Bladder health:

Geranium, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Red Myrtle, Rose Geranium, Sweet fennel, and White fir.

Cystitis: Balsam Copaiba.

Herbs for Bladder health:

Chamomile, Dandelion, Nettle, Fennel, Gravel Root, Cleavers and Cough Grass.