Updated: Aug 3, 2020
The kidneys are very important organs for maintaining homeostasis in the body (meaning the balance or status quo of the body, things like pH levels, blood filtration, water levels, hormones, blood pressure, sodium levels, excretion of waste products and more). The kidneys are located at about belly button height, towards the back behind the liver and are about the size of a fist.
They are considered the powerhouse of the body in Chinese Medicine, supplying reserve energy to any other organ that is low on energy reserves. So it is vital to keep your kidneys functioning at optimum health to assist the whole body to maintain health and vitality.
The Japanese, like many other cultures, believe that keeping the solar plexus (front) and kidneys (back) warm at all times is crucial to staying healthy. They take particular notice of whether or not their stomach “feels” cold as this is a first sign that your immune system might be weakened.
It is said that the kidneys are the organs associated to and most affected by winter ~ so we will benefit in mind body and spirit to nurture and keep these vital organs warm… it’s important to slow down and conserve energy, rest and keep the kidneys warm.
Enter - The BellyWarmer / Kidney Warmer ‘ … The ‘Belly’ is similar to the Japanese style ‘haramaki’ (freely translated as ‘belly warmer’ ) and traditionally worn in case of illness - kidney pain, stomach ache, problems with your abdominal joints, and so on..it helps boost circulation by keeping your core warm which supports your kidneys and liver, helps digestion and eases menstrual cramps.
Some interesting correlations between the kidneys and the body & emotions…
FEAR is the emotion associated with the Kidney. If you often have severe panic attacks, anxiety, and fear, your body may be trying to tell you that Kidney energy is running low or is imbalanced.
THE EARS...are the sensory organs related to the Kidney. Any ear problems, such as deafness, tinnitus, or ear infections are a signal from your body that the Kidney’s energy needs extra support.
THE BONE is the tissue associated with the Kidney. If the Kidney’s energy is low, you may have symptoms such as osteoporosis, dental issues, or developmental issues.
THE TASTE that corresponds to, and supports, the Kidney is salt, according to the Five Element theory. Craving salt? Listen to your Kidney and have a salty snack!
Simple Tips for Everyday Kidney Health
Some ways to support your Kidney’s energy:
Stomp your feet, slowly and with flat feet, for about 5 minutes a day. This stimulates your Kidney’s energy as the feet are associated with the Kidney and Bladder meridians, which run through the heel and to the sole of the foot.
Rub your ears for several minutes a day. This simple massage strengthens Kidney function, as the ears are connected energetically to the Kidney organ and meridian.
Stop energy drains! Conserve your energy by sleeping before midnight, resting when you’re tired, and giving yourself permission to take a break and de-stress.
The body uses a lot of energy to stay warm, so Wearing a Belly Warmer to keep your solar plexus area and kidneys warm, conserves the body’s energy stores.
ready to shop for your kidney warmer? ;)
Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation
Dr. Akira Kawashima from Tokyo Women's Medical University