Are you a hypochondriac? Do you suffer from blurred vision? Often experience a lack of courage? Have weak ankles? Craving greasy foods? Your gallbladder may be trying to tell you it is stressed or not balanced.
Recall we have been talking about the body’s meridian system from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Each month we have covered a different organ so in case you missed it, you can read it from the beginning in my prior article titled, “Is Your Hose Kinked?” Be sure to review the archives for the last couple of months to read the articles that support the rest of the body clock. So far we have covered the lungs, the large intestines, the stomach, the spleen/pancreas, the heart, the small intestines, the bladder, the kidneys, the pericardium, and triple heater. If you missed any of these, please click on the link above to start the series and to view a list of all subsequent articles.
Each organ/gland has its very own unique set of tasks that it performs daily at a very specific time of day similar to your daily tasks or “in-box” at work. And, just like your life, your organs have to deal with an occasional “emergency” in their day. When your body has a stressor it can impact any number of ways and in the instance of the gallbladder you may find your energy low at this time of day or you may be unable to fall asleep.
The gallbladder holds position number eleven on the body clock. There are twelve in total. The clock starts each day at 3 AM with the lungs and passes the baton every two hours to a different organ throughout the 24-hour clock. This month our focus will be on the gallbladder which begins its daily routine at 11 PM and continues until 1 AM.
The gallbladder has a number of functions including:
• Storing and releasing bile to aid in digestion
• Provide courage to take new steps
• Confidence in decisions
• Governs flexibility and strength of tendons
• Keeps emotions moving such as anger
Often the following symptoms may accompany a gallbladder that is not balanced:
• Sluggish digestion
• Lack of initiative, depression
• Bitter taste
• Pain or a headache on the side of the head
• Pain on flanks of hips, sciatica
There are a number of ways to address an imbalance in the gallbladder such as exercises like Yoga, or Tai Chi.
We finalize the series next month with the liver which completes the cycle of the 24-hour body clock. However, if you have low energy during this time or other times of the day, it could also be a food intolerance or adrenal stress. Pinpointing if this happens after you eat is a good indication of a food intolerance. If not, suspect adrenal stress in which case you could benefit greatly from my prior video release called the Tahiti Vacation Relaxation Technique.
Another way to address energy imbalances is through BodyTalk, a modality I use in my practice. A BodyTalk session can be done in person or remotely (over the phone or live video conference such as Zoom). Learn more about BodyTalk and schedule a session.