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.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.
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.