Winter & Kidney Energy

Kinesiology practitioners often utilise the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory of ‘The 5 Elements’ when working with clients and according to this ancient philosophy the season of Winter is associated with the element of water, the partner organs of which are the kidneys and bladder.

The Five Elements

Chinese five elements theory refers to the five element of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. This theory can be used to describe the movement and the relationship between different elements and phenomena in nature.

Fascinatingly TCM identified that the kidneys contain the body’s original ‘Essence’ inherited from the parents at conception. The person’s constitution, characteristics of the body and general health is strongly associated with the parents’ condition of health at the time of conception. It is for this reason that the kidneys are considered the main source of qi (energy) and why low kidney energy leads to all kinds of symptoms like tiredness, stiffness in the body, low back ache and cold hands and feet … so keeping these organs in tip top condition can really help improve your overall health during Winter.

Some great ways to improve kidney energy include:

  • Wearing an extra layer around your waist such as a scarf or a tied jumper.
  • Placing a warm heat pad or hot water bottle over your tummy or back during times of rest.
  • Drinking a good amount (for you) of pure water, ideally at room temperature and as pure as possible. Herbal, green, ginger teas would work well too.
  • Eating lots of warming root vegetables in soups and stews.
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise is also a good idea, but gentle walks, swimming, yoga/Pilates and rebounding would all benefit these organs.
  • The bladder and kidney meridians are also associated with the emotion of fear, so taking time out to reflect on your response to fearful situations is also very important.
  • Finally if you feel your kidney energy is weak, it may help not to overindulge sexually as this can also result in a loss of your vital life force too. If you are unsure of how much is too much see the TCM chart below but always keep in mind that it is just a guide, we are all individual and what works for one, very rarely works for all.
TCM Sexual Activity Chart

It is important to remember that these figures are a broad guideline. If this chart doesn’t work for you another way of gauging your own individual needs is to assess your energy levels the next day.

Many people express to me how conventional/modern health advice these days can be very confusing and conflicting (sometimes changing from week to week) so if I am ever in any doubt I turn to philosophies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although the first recorded history of TCM dates back over two thousand years, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back more than five thousand years … there really are so many timeless truths in this ancient wisdom … and truths are important because they never change so we can trust them.

We go into much more detail about The 5 Elements and other aspects of Eastern and Western philosophies on our Kinesiology Foundation Courses, to find out more about how you can join us on our next taster event please CLICK HERE.