" The Kidneys are the power houses of the body,
the master chemists * "
On a physical level, healthy kidneys act like a filter to make sure the right amount of wastes and fluids are removed, they keep the right balance of salts and acids in the body and produce necessary hormones.
Every day our kidneys filter 200 litres of blood, to remove about 2 litres of waste products and un-needed water.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, the kidneys are seen as the root and foundation of the body and are the foundation of all yin and yang qualities in the body.
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 may be weakened. A kidney warmer, called a Haramaki, was traditionally worn in case of illness – kidney pain, stomach ache, problems with your abdominal region, but has been adapted to be worn as a preventative measure to stay healthy.
“The kidneys are the creeks, mountain streams and rivers of our being.
They give us our ability to be like a young person:
flexible and fluid in body, mind and spirit.” *
In Traditional Chinese medicine, the kidneys (and the bladder) are the organ systems that represent the water element- described as the ‘palace of Fire and Water’ as they provide energy and warmth to the whole body.
The balance between them is dynamic, like exhalation & inhalation; as one subsides the other gains strength. Then the cycle repeats itself. All the internal organs of the body are subject to this oscillation.
It is said that the kidneys are the organs most affected by winter...so we will benefit in mind body and spirit to nurture and keep these vital organs warm…
* David Ford, L.Ac. - master in Original Medicine.