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Breathing exercise can strengthen the bladder

ALL of a sudden the urgent need to go to the bathroom is present with pain when relieving the bladder, however, the bladder cannot be emptied completely.

In Western Medicine these symptoms are often associated with a bladder infection, also called cystitis, or urinary tract infection.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the bladder infection is related to three sickness patterns.

In most cases, heat and dampness accumulate in the lower burner, which indicates the kidneys that are responsible for distributing fluids and moisture throughout the body.

Patients have a constant desire to urinate and feel a burning pain during urination. The urine is yellow and milky. Fever and chills are very common.

The cause for this pattern is usually a regular over-consumption of greasy and spicy food, excessive drinking, drugs as well as irregular menstruation. The chronic aggravation of this acute condition is dampness-heat with kidney yin ("cold" energy) deficiency.

The third common disease pattern is spleen kidney deficiency. The pain is dull, the urine dark. Patients suffer from regular fever and fatigue.

In cases of extreme and chronic fear and anxiety, the kidneys lose their ability to control the qi (energy flow) effectively. In general, it is important to strengthen the flow of qi by comforting the bladder with warmth as well as a relaxing environment in order to minimize stress.

Usually a bladder infection is harmless. However, if ignored and not treated, this infection might lead to serious health problems. The infection can move up to the kidneys, spread to other organs and lead to blood poisoning.

To strengthen the qi in the bladder and urinary tract, some qigong exercise is helpful. Lay the hands folded on the underbelly and concentrate on breathing towards them. Try to lift the hands when breathing in. This is a nice ritual to practice with children at bedtime and a comforting way to end another busy day.

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