THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR A DOCTOR. YOU SHOULDN’T USE IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF SELF-DIAGNOSING OR SELF-MEDICATING BUT RATHER SO YOU CAN HAVE A MORE INFORMED DISCUSSION WITH A PROFESSIONAL TCM PRACTITIONER OR YOUR FAMILY GP.
As distinct from the Western medical concept of urinary bladder, this concept from traditional Chinese medicine is more a way of describing a set of interrelated functions than an anatomical organ. The bladder system in TCM has many other functions besides transformation and excretion. In TCM, the bladder is paired with the kidney, and the kidneys are the root of life, which makes it one of the most important energy systems in TCM. The kidneys store the deepest level of energy (the jing or essence), and are the root of all yin and yang in the body.