Water Element. The water type, five element acupuncture treatment. The water element and acupuncture, the Torbay Acupuncture Centre, Devon.

The Function of the Bladder

The Controller of Storage of Fluid

In Chinese Medicine the Bladder is paired with the Kidneys, under the influence of the Water element.

It only has one defined role and that is to:

1. Removes water by Qi transformation
The Small Intestine receives digested food from the stomach and then separates this into pure Qi, which is digested and impure products that are removed. The fluid aspect of this impure substance is sent to the Bladder. The Kidneys also send their waste to the Bladder. The Bladder itself uses the heat from the Yang of the Kidneys to transform this fluid into urine and eliminate it.

Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practised in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it to exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).