“I had a test on my kidneys a few weeks back and found out I have two.”
— Liam Payne
By Kim Gitzel
And as ostensibly true that quote seems in our everyday thinking; in the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is actually not the case. Welcome readers, let’s discuss today what your Kidney System is and how it helps give you the vitality that you need to thrive in life.
Okay, maybe I lied a little bit. In TCM, it is believed that there are two expressions of the one Kidney energy – that of Kidney Yin and that of Kidney Yang . This Yin and Yang is considered the foundation or “Primary” root for all other organ systems. So how you nourish your Kidney Yin will impact your Spleen, Heart, and Liver systems as well. The interconnected web of relativity in this medicine model is dizzying at times and yet hopeful because there is always more than one path towards helath and vitality – unlike allopathic medicine, which usually offers a pill to manage symptoms. The key is to “listen” to your body’s imbalances and correct them before physiological change/dis-ease occurs.
So what are the Kidneys in charge of? Good question. Here’s a synopsis.
Store Essence and Govern Birth, Growth, Reproduction and Development.
The Essence I am talking about here is also considered our “Jing.” It is a deep form of vital energy that resides in our Kidney System. Some we are born with and some we cultivate through the choices of food, sleep, and other lifestyle activities. A gluttonous “binge” oriented lifestyle can deplete your Jing, thusly making your golden years more of a challenge. Think of your Jing as a savings account – an action you want to add more to, not take away from. The Essence is the barometer for vitality. If the Essence is strong, then a person has energy, is fertile, and has sexual strength. If the Essence is deficient, there will be low energy, infertility issues, and low sexual draw.
Produce Marrow, Fill up the Brain, and Control Bones, Manifest on the Hair
“Marrow” in Chinese Medicine is a substance, which is the common matrix of bones, bone marrow, brain, and spinal cord. Thus the Kidney-Essence produces Marrow, which generates the spinal cord and “fills up” the brain.” Read more