Kidney Health : A Chinese Medicine Approach
Kidneys are considered the powerhouse of the body in Chinese Medicine. When diagnosing in Chinese Medicine as much as 70% of people’s underlying health problems are related to Kidneys.
Role of Kidneys in Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine holds a different view of the role of Kidneys in comparison to Western Medicine. Both agree on the integral function of Kidneys in regulating the bodily fluids and excreting waste and excess water. However, Chinese Medicine extend on this and believe that Kidneys are in charge of supplying reserve energy to other organs when they require a boost, or are running low on energy (Qi).
In Chinese medicine the Kidney organ-meridian system is regarded as the foundation of good health.
The foundation of good health is down to Kidney organ meridian system. Maintaining Yin and Yang in a state of balance, along with Qi and Blood, is traditionally considered central to good health.
The Kidneys also stores and control the “Essence of Life”, known as Jing, this is where the saying ‘Kidney is the power’ is derived from. Jing is responsible for nourishing the organs, cells and tissues so when the body is imbalanced it is because the Jing is depleted. Kidneys also govern a person’s growth, development and reproduction.
Healthy Kidney = Balanced Kidney
Unhealthy Kidney = Imbalanced Kidney
The Kidney’s Yin is responsible for nourishing the organs and tissues while Kidney’s Yang warms the body and promotes healthy functioning of the organs and tissues.
Kidney Qi is the vital energy, which is in charge of energy flow in the body and it also stores, manages and releases Jing as per body’s needs.
Kidney Jing, Blood and Yin provide nutrition or substance to support body’s overall function.
As much as 70% of people’s underlying health problems are related to Kidneys, therefore when you visit a Chinese Medicine practitioner the goal in many cases would be to restore Jing and balance Yin and Yang.
Main functions of the Kidney based on the principles of Chinese Medicine:
- Balancing hormones, functioning of reproductive organs
- Detoxing unwanted waste and water from the body
- Producing essential nutrients for brain, bones and hair
- Producing essential nutrients for adrenal glands and thyroid function
- Producing essential nutrients that help with quality of sperm and eggs
- Nourishes skin
Diagnosis due to Imbalances in Kidney
When an imbalance in Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang occurs your body starts to exhibit symptoms and various issues start to surface.
Yin deficiency : Skin dryness, night hot, low back pain and stiffness , tired, tinnitus
Yang deficiency : Feet cold, body heaviness, water retention, low back pain, frequency daily and night urination
Jing and Blood deficiency: Hair loss, poor eggs or sperm, poor concentration, delayed periods, light periods
Other symptoms and conditions:
- Hormone imbalance and menstrual healthy: low progesterone level, irregular periods, periods pain and even infertility
- Infertility : Infertility, PCOS, Cyst, Endometriosis, Fibroid, vaginal dryness
- Imbalance in the mune system: poor blood circulation, water retention, fatigue
- Growth and development disorders : Tinnitus, hair loss, thinner hair, weakness, and premature aging in adults
- Digestion problems : IBS, indigestion, slow metabolism, over weight etc
- Pain syndromes : Low back pain, Joint weakness
- Inflammation : Unexplained urinary tract infection ( UTI ), or frequency urination, vaginal irritation
Causes of an Imbalanced Kidney
There could be several reason that could contribute towards an unhealthy or imbalanced Kidneys, including:
- Emotion: stress, anxiety, chronic depression
- Environmental pressure: under chronic pressure with work, life, or social life
- Lifestyle: Poor diet, overlord work, lack exercise
- Other health issues: such as insomnia, fatigue, low immune system, over sexual activity
Treatment to restore Kidney balance
If you experience the above mentioned symptoms, even if they are mild. We recommend taking action to protect and maintain good Kidney health. Commonly, a Chinese Medicine practitioner will recommend the 3 following steps for better Kidney health:
- Detoxing and cleansing Kidney
- Boosting Kidney Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood to rebalance and promote better functioning
- Stimulation Kidney energy channels, eliminating inflammation and unblocking energy channels to ease the flow of vital energy (Qi).
Common treatment to balance include: Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Kidney tonics and personalized prescription of herbal teas. All the treatments below are non invasive, drug free and any recommended products are made from 100% natural ingredients.
- Acupuncture: Works on unblocking the Kidney energy channels to help free flow of energy (Qi), it also helps to eliminate unwanted toxins and excess water along with reducing inflammation, boosting overall Kidney Yin Yang balance.
- Cupping therapy: This drug free, non-invasive therapy, helps to unblock energy channels, drawing accumulated toxins out from skin and promotes better flow of energy (Qi) through the body.
- Moxibustion : This is a heat therapy which transfer warmth Yang energy into Kidney energy channel, increasing blood circulation and promoting detox.
- Personal herbal prescription: Selected herbal ingredients to be special herbal formula, and it will focus root of cause treatment and symptoms fast release.
- Herbal supplements and Kidney tonics: GinSen’s expert team offer herbal supplements designed especially for Kidney deficiency and imbalance.