The Kidneys are very special organs situated on both the left and right sides of lower the back. They are known in Chinese medical terminology as the root or basal organs. The Kidney system is involved with the storage of vital Essence, vitality or Jing. The Kidneys can be associated with the development of Brain tissue, Blood, spinal fluid, marrow, teeth and bones. Libido levels, reproduction, water metabolism and a healthy life development are also associated with the health of the Kidneys. The Kidney(s) rule the lower body, are associated with the urinary bladder, is represented by the root of tongue, holds the basal fire [pilot light] or metabolic energy of the body, is related to the emotion of fear, is connected with the urinary bladder, assists the Spleen Fire, develops the Will, open into the ears, is associated with the flavor of salt and represented by the color of black.
is said to be the organ that contains the mingmen,
hard to describe at best, it is known as the pre-natal Fire
that fuels our existence. Usually it is thought that the element Water
in the elemental, earthly sense. The mingmen
is much different in that it is the Fire that lives within Kidney’s element of Water that fuels our lives.
This combined elemental life force (Qi)
is said to fuel all twelve channels
and the five Yin organs
of the body. When a Chinese herbalist refers to the mingmen
they are also referring to the lower of the triple burners
being the three metabolic, ethereal Fires
of the body. Usually a Kidney Yang Formula
is given to lead the Fire back to the source, re-kindling the mingmen.
Herbs such as yin yang huo, bai ji tian and rou gui are used to warm the lower burner.
A cold lower back, legs, incontinence, slow mental or physical movement, fluid retention of the limbs and mid-section, frequent urination and stiff, cold joints [especially the knees] are seen in this pattern.
is represented by cooling, calm, water, Blood,
night sweats and rest any such disturbance or deficiency in these areas may fall under the premise that the Kidney Yin
may be lacking. Any lack of Yin
as gathered and stored by the Kidneys
can result in Yin deficiencies
of either of the four organ networks being the Lungs, Spleen/Stomach, Liver and Heart. The Kidney Yin [Water element]
is in direct control and balancing of the Heart Fire
as pertaining to the laws of the Five Element Theory.
As a result of lower Yin
levels there can be a resultant increase of Yang [Heat or Fire levels]
giving way patterns of dryness
disharmonies. Some of the problems associated with Kidney Yin deficiency
may be: dry skin, ringing ears, water retention, night sweats, insomnia, emotional fright, constipation, restlessness, anxiety, agitation, joint pain (heat-type), red face , weak bones, chronic fever or sore throat, dry mouth, memory loss, hot palms/feet/chest, slow healing wounds, rashes or bumps, hair loss, weak eyes, extreme libido levels, dark urine, pre-mature ejaculation, hot flashes and a weak or sore lower back. A formula that may be helpful in the area of Kidney Yin Deficiency
may be the Kidney Yin Formula.
As an attempt to explain Essence or Jing
it would be best to keep it simple. There are many texts available to help further one's knowledge in this area if the need arises. Essence can be looked at as all necessary bodily fluids including sperm, the same word for Jing
in Chinese, as the fluids that are a person’s life force. Jing
is a product of both Kidney Yin and Yang
and appears before birth, pre-natal, and can be built after birth or post-natal. Some say that too much sex can diminish the Jing.
Jing is also known as the storehouse and resident of the Will.
A formula that may be helpful in the area of Essence or Jing
loss may be the Kidney Essence Formula.
Some basic Kidney disharmonies may be:
- Night sweats
- Chronic fever
- Chronic sore throat
- Low immune
- Low sex drive
- Red face
- Hot hands, feet, chest
- Slow healing wounds
- Weak hair, bones, eyes
- Lower back pain, weakness
- Joint pain especially knees, hips and ankles
- Dry mouth, skin
- Increased thirst
- Water retention especially lower body and mid-section
- Pre-mature ejaculation
- Dream disturbed sleep, nightmares, vivid
- Low appetite, slow digestion
- Fright, fear, agitation and restlessness
- Low motivation
- Skin problems, rash/red/abscess types
- Kidney or urinary bladder infections
- Blood problems
- Ringing of the ears
- Hot flashes