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Winter is now in full swing and it is important to talk about the kidneys,as they are the organ related to this season.

The kidneys are important for the regulation of our bodies Original Essence or Jing.
Since the weather is cold now, the surrounding air is also Yin and the  Qi levels of the kidneys are diminished.

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Kidneys in traditional Chinese medicine

Will, determination, and   memory are attributed to the kidney.Should the  kidney Jing becomes exhausted, it shall result in a weak will and poor memory  .

The kidneys are  in charge of water.Fluids reach the kidney after they have been absorbed by the stomach, raised upwards by the spleen, and moistened downwards by the lung

The kidneys are responsible for ones bones too.An ample amount of  kidney Jing, makes both the bone (supporting the body) and the brain (supporting the mind)   at a level of ideal energy. On the other hand, a low kidney Jing will bring about frail bones and a dull spirit.

Since the teeth are also part of are bone structure, they also rely on the nourishment of the kidney. If the Jing is plentiful, the teeth are firm; if not, they become loose or fall out.

Ancient texts often consider the head’s hair to be a direct outgrowth of the brain, which would relate it to the kidney. The growth pattern and general luster of the hair is an important indication for the condition of prenatal Jing( the condition of health we are born with).

F ear is the emotion connected to the kidneys . When one is living in fear, it weakens the kidneys. Fright, in a long-term notion turns into fear. Should one be abused (any sort), and becomes ongoing, this leads to fear of when this abuse will happen again.

 

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Living in fear damages the kidneys

 

Edema (fluid retention) is usually a sign of toxins accumulated in the kidneys. The body can naturally detox the kidneys. The kidneys naturally detox from 5pm-7pm. Therefore even light exercise during this time can aid the kidneys eliminate toxins. Types of fungus and kelp are considered  good food for the kidneys. Eating them at dinner time while also help.

It is also believed that slight increasing the  intake of salt, taken during the water season (winter) contributes to preserving the kidney against the cold.However,excessive consumption of salty foods is discouraged, as it will harm the kidneys.

When this happens, the Qi flow will be sluggish and the back will become sore and ache, especially the lower back. It is important that the kidney area be protected so that Qi will not be lost out of your body. One method is to wear warm clothes, especially around the waist. The other methods to improve Qi circulation in the kidney area, is to learn Qigong, such as Ba Duan Jin, and massage techniques using the Qi in your hands to help circulate the kidneys.

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Kidney massage

 

Reference: The Root of Chinese Qigong, by Dr.Yang,Jwing-Ming

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Autumn is here in full swing, and that means the seasonal Qi becomes crisp and clear, and as seen in food crops, rely on this Qi force to become ripe and complete.

When one has a strong physical vitality, it means one’s Lung QI is high. Even our posture shows our sense of self-worth. An open chest (good posture) shows good physical/mental health; a poor posture (lungs collapsed) can mean can mean poor health, both physically and mentally.

When one has low Lung Qi, it means low vitality and a poor immune system. Breathing may be shallow and there may be respiratory problems. The overall circulation of one’s Qi may be weak.

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The Lung is associated with the phase element metal, the direction west and the season of autumn.   Typically, the Lung is sensitive to dryness as well as to cold and heat.

Just like a metal object absorbs the temperature of its environment in an instant, the metal organ (Lung) is most easily influenced by external extremes of heat or cold. The Lung Qi is nourished by breathing. Therefore clean, fresh air is important for a strong Qi in the lungs.

 

 

The Lung is receives its Qi from the air we breathe. The Lung is known as the Delicate Organ, which means it’s extremely sensitive to the influence of evil Qi. There are six excesses that can   influences   easily cause a state if imbalance in the Lungs.  These six are: Wind, Cold, Heat, Moisture, Dryness, and Summer Heat. Because the Lungs are usually the first to be attacked by external diseases, they are called the Delicate Organ. Other negative Qi are viruses and the quality or air we breathe. These disturbances     can   cause the Qi to stagnate towards the Lung. Coughing, asthma and congestion is the main symptom of a problem with the Lungs.

External conditions like environmental cold, heat, and dryness all have the potential to injure the fluid supply of the body and cause dryness symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, skin, body hair or intestines. The lung has a natural aversion to dryness, therefore harmed by dryness. Just as the leaves dry-out and fall off the branches, people’s skin can start becoming dry too. When the weather is changing from damp, hot summer into drier and chilly autumn, Lungs are the first organ to sense the change. If your Lungs are not able to readjust themselves to fit the new situation smoothly you will catch a cold

The skin is part of the Lung System. The Lungs control that part of the liquid metabolism which distributes liquid to the skin.Cleaning the skin, skin scrubbing will maintain the skin’s health and
help support the immune system. Wearing natural, loose clothing will help the skin breathe freely. Keeping the skin pores open is important, therefore deodorants are better than antiperspirants, as it allows the skin to breathe.

Lung Qi, constantly descends, moving water downwards, thus providing the rest of the organ networks with fluids.

The lung is situated in the upper burner, therefore is referred as the upper source of water. Should the Lung Qi fails to descend, it cannot open and regulate the water pathways and ensure the unobstructed transportation of fluids to the fluids.

Emotional states such as grief, sadness and melancholy affect the lung Qi. Should a person be sad, one’s Lung Qi will dissipate.

 

In Qigong practice, since the Lung’s belong to Metal, they are able to regulate heartburn. The Heart belongs to Fire. When the Heart has excess Qi, deep breathing is able to lead the Heart’s fire to the Lungs, and therefore cool the heartburn.

To increase Lung Qi, we can get a cleaner air supply and more proper nutrition. Going out to outdoors go to get cleaner air and thru foods since the color related to the Lungs is white, foods like radish, white meats and white mushrooms tend to have some benefits. Dairy products in many cases cause congestion and the build up of phlegm. Other foods that may cause congestion are like fatty foods, fried foods, and processed foods.

The Lungs are also self-detoxed at night after 11PM. So it is important to sleep by this time to allow the natural detoxing of the Lungs to happen.

 

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