I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July
celebration. Thank you to all who have and are serving our country!
Thank you for helping preserve the independence we all recently
This 4th of July, I had the pleasure of celebrating
at a lake with my family. Being surrounded by family and water
caused me to think about the earth's elements and how they relate
to AOM. A major school of thought in AOM is the theory of the Five
Elements. This is a very involved theory.
One aspect of the Five Elements is that all the acupuncture
meridians are linked to elements. For example, the kidney and
urinary bladder meridians are considered the water element. As a
result, these meridians can be treated with water elements and hold
the nature of water in many ways.
By being able to be treated with water, these meridians can be
tonified (strengthened) or sedated (weakened) using the element of
water. All primary meridians contain points that are considered
water points. Using the Five Element Theory, these water points can
be used for many functions, including affecting the kidney and
urinary bladder meridians.
Additionally, being surrounded by the water element is believed
to strengthen the kidney and urinary bladder meridians and thus
strengthen their functions. For example, since I spent much of the
past week on a boat as well as swimming in natural bodies of water,
my kidney and urinary bladder meridians were tonified.
I also ate a fair amount of seafood, which is also believed to
have the water element. In AOM, food often has the element of its
environment. This food also aided in the tonification of the kidney
and urinary bladder meridians.
Furthermore, the kidney meridian is believed to contain our
prenatal jing. Jing is our primal energy that we have when we enter
this world. Much of our jing is believed to be derived from our
parents. Jing is similar to the biomedical understanding of genes
and DNA. I believe that as a result of being with my family all
weekend, my kidney meridian was further tonified. I believe it
could be tonified as a result of being with my family because we
have a comforting and loving relationship. As a result, I believe
this is nurturing to my kidneys since it houses my prenatal