Kidney Organ System

In Chinese medicine, the role of the kidney is vital. This is the organ where our inborn “qi” is stored. The kidney holds the key to the body’s “energy foundation.” It is the whole body’s “power engine.”

Most common signs of Kidney imbalance:
• Hair loss
• Bones that break easily
• Forgetfulness
• Frequent urination
• Thyroid problem
• High blood pressure
• Knee pain, heel pain, neck pain, and chronic lower back pain
• Ringing in the ears
• Constant thirst
• Constant cold, especially of the hands and feet
• Loss of sexual desire
• Infertility and low sperm count
 
The activities that can waste kidney qi:

-exercising too much
-staying up past midnight
-drinking cold things on a regular basis
-taking a cold shower after exercising
-too much sex

Food recommendations for kidney imbalance:

• Bone soup
• Black sesame seeds
• Black beans
• Cauliflower
• Cinnamon
• Sesame and walnut oils
• Shell fish
• Toasted pine nuts
• Toasted walnuts

Some other helpful hints to strengthen kidney qi:

-Bite your teeth together lightly, fifty times.
-Rub your ears
-Breathing exercises and meditation

Five element theory:

1. Element: Water
2. Organ: Kidney
3. Viscera: Urinary Bladder
4. Open:  Ear
5. Tissue: Bone
6. Emotion: Fear
7. Season: Winter
8. Environment: Cold
9. Sound: Deep sighing
10. Color: Black
11. Taste: Salty
12. Direction: North

Source from Nan Lu, OMD, MS, L.Ac 
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing Inc

About Acurelief

California Acupuncture licensed since 1997. A graduate of South Baylo University, Anaheim C A. Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from American Liberty University, Orange, CA in 2009. 10 years of clinical experience in medical offices and physical therapy facilities. Private practice focusing on holistic care using a combination of ancient and modern modalities.
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