Friday, January 20, 2012

The Kidney Network

Our Kidneys are the furnaces, the powerhouses of our body and their health is directly related to our longevity.   Caring for them is vital-especially now because they are most susceptible during the winter months.  If we understand how Kidney energy works, we can take steps to preserve it and enjoy a healthier, longer life.  Here's a short overview.

 
Imbalances of the Kidney system show up as all bone problems, problems with the teeth, knees, and low back, urinary infections, reproductive problems, poor growth and development and excessive fear and insecurity.

In Chinese medicine, each organ network represents a complete set of physiological and psychological functions rather than a specific physical structure.  The Kidney stores essence, or jing, which is life energy. This essence is what we inherit from our parents as well as what we acquire from our environment once we are born. 

By storing essence, the Kidney controls human growth, development and the reproductive system.  Because essence gives rise to bone marrow and spinal cord fluid, the Kidney’s health has a direct influence over the brain, influencing mental faculties, concentration and memory. This is the link between Kidney health and Alzheimer’s disease.   A stockpile of good Kidney essence is evident in someone with ample stamina, luxuriant hair, sexual potency, strong teeth, acute hearing and agility of mind.

The essences we are born with are considered finite and their decline marks the aging and degeneration process.  Though there is not much we can do about congenital essence, there is certainly a lot we can do to supplement the essences we gain from the quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat, our ability to handle stress and emotional strain, including our spiritual outlook and our lifestyle choices. 


The Kidneys are the main source of warmth and animation for all the other Organ networks.  At the same time, they also see to the moistening and regenerative requirements of the whole body. 
The warming and activating aspect of the Kidney network is damaged by overexposure to cold weather and by ingestion of iced or refrigerated foods. All medications, recreational drugs, food additives and pollution damage the moistening, regenerative capacities of the Kidneys.

Lack of sleep, excessive exercise and overwork will all deplete the Kidney’s storehouse of essence and contribute to acceleration the aging process.

According to the 5 Elements System, Kidney energy responds to the following set of vibrational correspondences.

KIDNEY ORGAN NETWORK ASSOCIATIONS

YANG ORGAN
BLADDER
ELEMENT
WATER (SNOW)
SEASON
WINTER
INFLUENTIAL WEATHER
COLD
COLOUR
BLACK, DARK BLUE
FLAVOUR
SALTY
ORIENTATION
NORTH
GRAIN
BEANS
BODILY ORIFICE
EARS
DYNAMIC ENERGY
WILLPOWER
ODOUR
PUTRID
SOUND
GROANING
EMOTION
FEAR


Note the other 4 Organs, (Liver, Heart, Spleen and Lungs) each have their own set of correspondences, ie element, season, colour, etc, not shown here.

This chart can be seen as a guide to healing through therapeutic use of food, flavour or colour, for example.  It can also be used as a guide for diagnosis of Kidney imbalances based on observation of certain odors, sounds and predominant emotions. The five elements system has extensive applications that offer a unique perspective on the correspondences of every facet of life.

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