inability to hold urine (incontinence)
The urinary system consists of the kidneys, which secrete urine; the ureters, the passages through which urine travels from the kidney to the bladder; the urinary bladder, which acts as a reservoir; and the urethra, the passage tube through which urine flows from the bladder to outside of the body.
The kidneys regulate water balance. They also regulate the concentration of salts in the blood, as well as the excretion of waste products and any excess salts.
The volume of urine passed each day varies with the volume of fluid drunk, but about one to two quarts is average. Volume of urine passed increases when excess protein is taken, in order to provide the fluid necessary to carry urea (a waste product from protein digestion) away in a solution. That is why doctors instruct those on a diet high in meat, eggs, and cheese to drink "plenty of fluids." Normal urine is a light color, like light beer, and is slightly acid (pH 6). Normally we should pass urine four to five times per day-more often depletes the body of minerals.
The most common kidney ailment which is surgically treated is kidney (renal) stones. The formation of stones in the kidney can cause great damage. They can also be formed in the bladder or may pass from the kidney to the bladder. As the bladder contracts to pass urine, the stone is pressed against the bladder wall causing intense pain. Infection can result from this condition, as well as the
inability to hold urine. Excruciating pain and blood in the urine are signs of stones. Their removal does not guarantee a cure, according to medical sources. However it will deal with the immediate pain. Preventive diet is the only way to reduce the risks of recurrence.
Urinary stones usually form as a result of abnormally high levels of calcium or metabolism problems. The combination of high calcium dairy products and certain vegetables such as spinach, chard, and tomato (high in oxalic acid) acts to form calcium ox-alates, the most common materials found in stones.
In the case of kidney stone and infection, prevention via diet is important. It is possible for small stones to dissolve and pass out of the body; however, some large stones can form in irregular shapes within the kidney. These irregular shaped stones will not pass and, if they are painful, must be removed. A prudent macrobiotic diet will lessen the formation of all stones.
For all kidney disorders, including swelling, water retention, inability to hold and pass urine, and bedwetting, shiatsu therapy can stimulate the system to function more efficiently.
Have the receiver lie face down. Stand over the person and ask him or her to breath in and out, as you do the same. On each exhalation press the area near the spine from T^-Le with the thumbs. Press and hold the acupoints that make the two parallel lines of the urinary bladder channel. Press these acupoints several times.
Use barefoot shiatsu and walk on the soles of the inturned feet with your feet. Press the hips, upper thighs, and calves with the foot. Do the leg stretches. (See leg part of complete shiatsu section.)
Have the receiver turn over and lie face up. Massage the toes and press the bottoms of the feet with your thumb. Press around the ankles thoroughly. (See page 91, leg section in shiatsu section.)
Use moxibustion on several acupoints.
This stimulates the bladder and the kidney. Warm each acupoint for 2-5 minutes.
UB 23, UB 57, KD 3, ST 36
Our daily diet should supply enough calcium as well as other minerals and vitamins. However, some people receive more than enough and, with the addition of certain vegetables or because of some metabolic abnormalities, kidney or bladder stones form. In addition to a standard macrobiotic diet, shiitake mushrooms and radish (especially daikon radish) can be eaten to dissolve stones and clean the blood so as to prevent future formations. Meat and dairy products produce uric acid during digestion; this acid is associated with stone formation. It is best to avoid these foods.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007