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#27 - Urinary Bladder Functions

Updated: Aug 25, 2023



In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the urinary bladder is considered to be an important organ with a range of functions beyond simply storing and eliminating urine. According to TCM theory, the urinary bladder plays a vital role in the body's overall health and well-being.

Store and eliminate urine

The most obvious function of the urinary bladder is to store and eliminate urine. In TCM, the bladder is responsible for the final stage of the transformation of fluids in the body. It receives and stores urine, which is then eliminated from the body during urination.

Regulate water metabolism

In TCM, the urinary bladder is also responsible for regulating water metabolism in the body. It is believed to control the opening and closing of the body's water passages, allowing for the proper distribution of fluids throughout the body. This helps to maintain a healthy balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body, which is essential for overall health.

Support the immune system

The urinary bladder is also thought to play a role in supporting the immune system. According to TCM, the bladder is connected to the body's protective energy, known as wei qi. When the bladder is functioning properly, it helps to strengthen the body's defense against external pathogens.


Studying for the Acupuncture Board Exam

Here are the other ones you should be familiar with and be able to perform differential diagnosis for:

  1. Yin/Yang Theory

  2. Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing)

  3. Eight Principles

  4. Qi, Blood, Body Fluids Theory

  5. Channel Theory

  6. Organ Theory

  7. Six Stages Theory

  8. Four Levels Theory

  9. Triple Burner Theory

  10. Etiology Theory like External / Internal or Miscellaneous Causes of

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