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— A Note from the Prof: Back to The Beach

— Feature Article: What's Bile Got To Do With It?

— Upcoming Classes: October Foot Reflexology

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— Marketplace & Helpful Hints: Your Questions Answered

Ask the Prof

I just finished teaching my Foot Reflexology Introductory Workshop last weekend at the New York Open Center. The city is so great this time of year – the weather is cooler and things are back to "normal".

One of my favorite parts of the Professional Reflexology Training Program are these first 2 days. It's when I see my students, for the first time, really begin to understand how fabulously effective reflexology is and how easy it is to learn. It's almost like I can seeing "lightbulbs" going on above their heads - especially after the second day of practice.

Today, I'm back in Miami Beach and will soon head to the ocean to feel the sand beneath my toes.

Last week was World Reflexology Week. I hope you had a great time celebrating reflexology in your life, your community, your country and the world.

One way you can share reflexology is to send your friends and colleagues this newsletter. My mission is to share reflexology news with as many people around the world as I possibly can.

Thanks to everyone for passing this newsletter along to colleagues, family & friends, now about 1,500 people from around the world are getting the latest reflexology information.

That's a lot of people who know and love reflexology but, I want the news to reach even more. I want reflexology to inspire, motivate and challenge twice this number at least.”

My mission this year - to deliver great reflexology news to at least 2009 people by the end of the year. I'm calling it 2009 in 2009.

Will you help?

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Wendy Coad

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feature article

Reflexology and the Gall bladder -
"What's Bile Got To Do With It"

If you have problems with this tiny organ and it hurts, you’ll know about it, but for lots of people it just keeps doing its work every day and stays in the background.

The Gall bladder is a small organ with big energy.
If we were to switch from reflexology to the meridians, the gall bladder meridian is the one with the most energy points and it has a system of energetic connections (like reflexes) to all the other meridians in the body.

The Gall bladder

Gall bladderFirst let's take a look at its location and function:

The gallbladder is a pear shaped organ located posterior and inferior to the liver. It stores the bile that the liver has produced – up to 2 oz. It’s connected to the intestinal system by the cystic duct which in turn empties into the duodenum via the common bile duct.

When we eat a large or fatty meal, nerve and chemical signals cause our gallbladder to contract thereby adding bile into our digestive system. It’s bile that helps to emulsify fat in our partly digested food. Most of this digestion occurs in the duodenum.

The gall bladder consists of the following parts:

Fundus: the lower free and the expanded end of the Gall bladder is known as the fundus of the gall bladder. It’s a projection from below the liver and its direction is downwards, forwards, and also to the right making an angle of about thirty degrees.

Body: the body of the is the portion that is lying between that of the fundus and also the gallbladder neck. The direction of the body is upwards, backwards, and to the left.

Neck: it's the "S" shaped curve present above the body, and extends up to the cystic duct. Direction is upwards, forwards and then takes a turn downwards and backwards. Sometimes there is a presence of some diverticulum’s known as the Hartmann’s pouch and this portion is often termed as the isthmus of the gall bladder. Above it is the liver, and inferiorly the first part of the duodenum.

Functions of the Gall bladder:

Let's start with the liver whose main action is to filter of the blood. It's also a major eliminator of waste and toxins. One of the products created by the liver's removal of toxins is bile, but instead of simply eliminating it, the body uses it to break down fats and cholesterols in the digestive system.

This is where the gallbladder comes in – it stores the bile until it's needed, concentrating it and then moving it into the digestive track through its connecting tube, the common bile duct.

The main function of the gall bladder is the concentration and the storage of bile, around ten times more than the bile in the liver. This bile is a liquid which is the secretory as well as the excretory product of the liver. The hepatoctes or the cells of the liver are the most efficient in the formation of bile.

Bile has its main function during the process of the digestion of the fats or the lipids. The process of fat digestion does not start before the bile acts on the fats and emulsifies them. Another function of the gall bladder is to lessen the alkaline nature of the bile of the liver, and hence take it towards the acidic side.

Disorders of Gall bladder:

There are three main problems that occur with the Gall Bladder:

1. Gall bladder stones

The Gall Bladder can develop stones within it. The mechanism of the formation of the stones or lithiogenic properties is the increase in the secretion of cholesterols in the bile. The main reasons behind all this hyper secretory activity of the bile may be closely associated with high caloric diets, obesity, or many drugs.

2. The Gall bladder is irritated or swollen:

Irritation or swelling of the gallbladder could be from any number of causes. It will most likely be uncomfortable or painful, as with all problems, first should be seen by a doctor.

3. The tubes leading from the gall bladder to the duodenum get blocked:

gall bladderThis could be caused by a twisting of the tubes or by factors concerning the viscosity of the bile or a reduction in the diameter of the tubes.

Treatment of the gallbladder stones

There are 3 main methods for treatment, the surgical method, ultra sound to break up the masses or the dissolution method.

The dissolution method can include herbal remedies and might be effective but the best course of action is to consult a physician immediately, especially if there is pain or an infection.

If the Gall bladder is at risk for rupture because of infection or a blockage then surgery is often required to avoid a serious health risk.
If the gallbladder is removed the result will be an interruption between the smooth flow between the liver and the area where fat is digested. Fat intake will have to be monitored and bile and enzyme supplements will commonly need to be taken.

I've heard that in China – where the lowest number of appendix and gallbladder removals occur – imaging tests are given first and if the gall stone is less than 1cm, herbs are used to soften and reduce the stones. This is also done along with acupuncture.

gall bladderGall bladder as a metaphor

It's not the main focus of this article but there is definitely a part of reflexology that offers balancing support to the energy and emotions as well. It’s probably no accident that the term "gall" or "galled" indicates vexation and rancor. One of the definitions of "gall" is – something bitter to endure. Sounds a little like the taste of bile (and I hope you never experience it).

Just like feeling vexed or the unbalanced emotions of bitterness it seems like this little organ can pack a whollup and if it’s unhappy - it can make everyone around it unhappy too.

A Survey of Home Remedies Others have Suggested for Gall Bladder Disorders:

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More Support & Helpful Hints

Here's an email from a reader that has come into my mailbox:

Dear Wendy,

I discovered a bump, lump (it feels like a spur) on the stomach reflex.It hurts when pressed.The bump and pain is more pronounced on the right foot.

When I press the spot the client says she feels a sensation across her diaphragm belly area and points to the region.

What does this mean. Should I advise her to go to the doctor and have it checked?

She has no stomach problems or digestive issues she says, but she is overweight.

Roger D.

Dear Roger,

Thanks for your email.

We may be thinking of a different foot map because you mentioned the stomach reflex on the right foot. I locate the stomach reflex on the left foot and on the right foot are the reflexes to the liver and the duodenum – which is often combined with the stomach but is in fact the beginning of the small intestine.

You indicated that your client felt sensitivity more on the right foot. Because you weren’t specific about the location using the anatomy (bones of the foot) I’m not exactly sure what reflex area you mean, so I’ll not be able to offer anything more than general suggestions.

In answer to your last question, I would advise someone see their doctor if they feel discomfort or have any symptoms that occur over time.

Since your client reported none (you can still make the suggestion) I would absolutely monitor the reflexes over time.

This is just one good reason to keep detailed notes/documentations. I’ve touched many reflex points on the feet where the client felt discomfort, even pain, only to have it disappear within the same session or subsequent sessions.

When this happens, and they are symptom free – it’s a good sign.

If, however the pain is severe and continues or increases - other actions are warranted.

Don’t forget that there’s also a foot involved here. Yes, it’s secondary to our reflexes, but sensitivity can accompany scars or trauma from previous injuries. For example, in one instance, a small piece of glass from a long ago accident actually worked its way out of the foot of one of my clients. It was unusual but was not painful and occurred over some time.

Our reflexology science is not as exacting as some would like but in time the feet will eventually reveal just about everything.

Stay with it and see where it goes. And definitely, if the is no improvement a referral would be in order.

Best regards,

Wendy Coad
The Reflexology Professor

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