In Chinese medicine we always seek balance,
in nature as well as within the human body.
As the Fire element was recently predominant
in our environment, its complementary element,
Water, was needed. If the Fire element in our
body, represented by the Heart, is too strong
(manifesting in insomnia,
Anxiety or heart
disease), the Water element, represented by the
Kidney, needs to be strengthened.
Kidney, with a capital K, refers to the Kidney system
rather than to the specific organ. In Chinese
medicine, Kidney, Heart, Liver, Lungs and Spleen do not refer to the actual organs. Because
Chinese medicine is holistic, the function of the
organs has a broader definition that includes
the relationship with the other organs.
The primary function of the Kidney is to
store and control our essence, or Jing, the
foundation of chi, or energy. Kidney Yin is
responsible for restoration and revitalization.
In the drama of an over-stimulated life, we may
fail to refresh our core
Vitality, which causes
Kidney Yin Deficiency. Symptoms include
soreness of the lumbar region and knees,
dizziness, hearing problems and dry mouth.
Fortunately, a key piece of building Kidney
Yin is nutrition. First, drink plenty of water.
Eat beans, as they are seeds and have new life
potential. The colors blue and black correspond
to the Kidney element, so blueberries
and blackberries are recommended. Also eat
fish, pumpkin, black sesame seeds, walnuts,
eggs, millet and green leafy vegetables. Since
salty is the flavor that correlates with the
Water element, foods such as sea salt, miso and tamari are beneficial.
Try planning a Kidney Yin-building day by
avoiding distractions and getting in touch
with your inner self. Take time to be aware,
to breathe, to walk and to meditate. You
can harmonize your inner emotional fires
by creating inner “rain” or stillness.