Kidney (Reservoir of Energy, Seat of Courage and Willpower) stores the Essence or Life Force Energy that is inherited from our parents. Your Kidney Essence is dependent on their energy at the time of conception. Essence is the foundation of the body and the root of the mind and heart.
Kidney is the most Yin of all of the organs and meridians and thus it requires the most nurturing and nourishing. Kidney Essence dominates reproduction, growth and development. The Kidneys’ produce the marrow for the bones and help form the brain known in oriental medicine as the Sea of Marrow. Kidney energy governs the bones, teeth and the hair on your head. They physically reside in the lumbar region and can be the cause for low back pain.
Emotionally Kidney Qi is depleted most through fear, shame, dread, insecurity, phobias, anxiety, paranoia, insecurity and suspicion. Physical signs that Kidney energy is out of balance include: low back pain, hip pain, edema, frequent urination, osteoporosis, tinnitus, ear infections, hair loss, early graying, infertility, enlarged prostate, irregular menstruation, adrenal fatigue, impotence, asthma, poor memory, chronic fatigue syndrome, painful knees and ankles, cold hands and feet, vertigo, teeth and gum problems, swelling or bloating and a lack of energy or life force.
The kidneys are the last stop for filtration and detoxification of body fluids. They’re responsible for filtering all the fluids, including the blood, lymph, synovial, cerebral-spinal fluid, and interstitial fluids that carry debris released by the cells in detox and metabolism.In Oriental Medicine it is believed that once one has depleted their Kidney energy through age and over activity, it cannot be replenished. However, I believe using Acupuncture and Energy Medicine tools on a daily basis to balance our energy and strengthen our Kidneys we are able to restore this energy and replenish the adrenals for greater health. We truly can change our energetic profile.
- maintains homeostasis (balance of the various body functions) and balance in electrolytes, acid-base;
- produce the hormone erythropoietin that stimulates the production of red blood cells and enzymes;
- filters your blood and removes waste
How to keep your kidneys healthy?
- shake the salt habit. Keep sodium low: no more than 2,300 milligrams a day. Check food labels to see how much is in a serving. It might be more than you think!
- If you take over-the counter painkillers, like ibuprofen and naproxen, daily for everyday pain or joint swelling, then talk to your doctor about checking your kidney function. These drugs can cause harm to the kidneys if taken too often over a long period.
- excessive protein intake: increases urea, while uric acid is a byproduct of both protein and fructose metabolism.
- limit your alcohol consumption: alcohol contains natural substances called purines. When the body breaks these down, it forms uric acid, which leaves the body through urination. Too much uric acid buildup in your kidneys can cause kidney disease and stones.
- cut caffeine : coffee has its benefits, but excess intake of caffeine can harm your health. Caffeine tends to dehydrate your body and absorb all the moisture which can lead to kidney stones.
- eat berries and beets: berries are a powerful source of antioxidants which help prevent the risk of kidney diseases. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are great for your kidneys. Similarly, beetroots contain betaine which is an antioxidant that helps in the removal of calcium phosphate build-up and increases the acidity of urine. The iron, magnesium and folate present in beetroots helps in the flow of blood.
- monitor your blood pressure: high blood pressure is especially likely to cause kidney damage when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and Cardio- Vascular Diseases.
- maintain a healthy fluid intake: consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease, according to researchers in Australia and Canada.