Saturday, October 23, 2021

Preserve Your Kidneys’ Yang Qi to Resist Spring Diseases

Preserving your kidneys’ Yang Qi is important for resisting spring diseases. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is said that Winter is a time for the kidneys. The kidneys are very important in TCM as:

  • They store your essence from your parents;
  • They store the “Jing” that is responsible for your mental and physical development, and is the basis for whether you can reproduce;
  • The kidneys work with the lungs to produce Qi (energy), and help with your ability to breath and provide energy throughout the whole body;
  • They filter your blood, create urine, and moisten the lungs;
  • They stimulate the production of bone marrow, and
  • They provide proper nourishment to the ears for healthy hearing.

The kidneys’ Yin and Yang work together to keep the kidneys and the rest of the body working in harmony.

The kidneys’ Yin is known as the Yin fluid, or true water of the whole body, and it moistens and nourishes the whole body and other tissues.

The kidneys’ Yang is known as the true fire of the body, and is the foundation of the Yang Qi of the whole body. Yang Qi is the body’s vital force, or functional parts in general.

This energy warms and promotes the functions of the organs and tissues.

Just as animals go into hibernation during winter, it is important for you to take time out for proper rest and storage.

Master Liu He, of the Ling Gui Qigong School, advised on her website that during winter you should not waste or bother your Yang Qi.

She stated, if you do not preserve your kidneys’ Yang Qi, all the Spring diseases will occur, such as cold hands and feet.

If you do not preserve your kidneys' Yang Qi, all the Spring diseases will occur, such as cold hands and feet.
If you do not preserve your Yang Qi, all the Spring diseases will occur, such as cold hands and feet. (Image: Pilotl39 via Dreamstime)

Don’t waste your kidneys’ Yang Qi

So how do you not waste or bother your kidneys’ Yang Qi? Here are some of her suggestions:

  1. Shower/bathe less — no more than 3 times per week (especially not a sauna — excess sweat)
  2. No excessive sweating during exer cise
  3. Go to bed earlier and get up later (with the sunrise)
  4. Do not restrict eating to lose weight — store a little fat (with healthy food, not extra sweets)
  5. Avoid surgery if possible
  6. Avoid getting too excited
  7. Practice some qigong for the kidneys (If you are not sure what to practice, you could tap your teeth together while you urinate — this supports the kidneys).

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Wilma Oakes
When Wilma isn't eating delicious food, she's scouring the internet, and dreaming of what yummy foods she can make next. One of her dreams would be to eat her way through Italy and Japan, and also see the sights of course. Another passion she has is natural health. When she was young her mother was sick for years. When the doctors finally worked out what was wrong they put her on medication, but it wasn't making her any better. Her parents turned to natural health and changed their health and their lives. Wilma has been researching about natural health since she was 12 and is currently studying nutritional medicine. The most important thing in her life is her two beautiful children and husband. They are blessed with a girl and boy and are living the tropical lifestyle in sunny Queensland, Australia. In her opinion the best state in Australia.
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