Part 2 of 3: Why Healing the Kidney System is Imperative to Good Health
Welcome to the second part in my 3 part series to educate on the importance of the Chinese kidney system. Here, I will focus on why healing a weak system is critically important to good health. I hope you enjoy and learn much!
Recently I noticed that while in Taoism the kidneys are the most important of all the organs, in Western medicine, their only function is considered to filter blood. I was puzzled by this huge discrepancy in these two ideas of what the kidneys are about. Part of that discrepancy arises because when the Taoists talk about the kidneys, they are talking about the whole kidney organ system, but still it was difficult to reconcile two such different perspectives. Then I discovered that from a Western perspective, the kidneys are also in charge of the acid-alkaline balance of the body. As anyone who knows Dr Robert Young’s work will be aware, the acid-alkaline balance is crucial – see the section on alkalinity I wrote earlier in the blog. Chronic tension, inflammatory conditions and a host of other ills are a sign of excess acidity in the body. Bringing the pH of the body back into balance means building up the kidneys. There are lots of things that can alkalise the body temporarily, including the alkaline salts and fresh green vegetable juice and these certainly have their value. But the only way to resolve the root of the problem and come into true acid-alkaline balance is to have strong, healthy kidneys.
This is what kidney (or jing) tonic formulas will do for you. If you’re in pain it’s because you have inflammation, which in turn happens because you’re overly acidic and if you’re overly acidic it’s because your kidneys are out of balance. Weak kidneys are the root of so many health issues.
Here’s something to be aware of if you are an athlete or doing any kind of training; if your kidneys are strong and you are in acid-alkaline balance then you will be able to train harder and longer. Your body will be able to cope with the acids produced by exertion, allowing you to increase muscle size, strength and endurance. Anyone who is interested in peak performance at a physical level needs to look at acid-alkaline balance.
Anyone who has pain the lower back, or the bones and connective tissues needs to tonify the kidneys. The bone marrow is also part of the kidney system so you will also improve your immunity and your production of stem cells for healing and repair.
The kidneys also relate to the mind and brain, especially the automatic functions and the functions of memory, hearing, and clarity of thinking.
The adrenal glands are an important part of the kidney system. Whenever you go into a state of stress or alarm, your adrenals will stimulate the kidneys to release some of the stored reserve energy to help you deal with the situation. This released jing energy , ior your reserve energy, makes you feel alert, alive and really good. That makes it very tempting to put your body into an alarm state deliberately with stress, dangerous activities or with stimulants and drugs. The problem is that each time you do this you deplete your jing more and more, and when the stimulant effect wears off your energy is even lower than before.
Get yourself off the stimulant roller coaster, stop using them to bolster flagging energy and instead rebuild your reserves with tonic herbs. If you do this, the desire for stress and stimulants will no longer come up – and I can vouch for this from personal experience. I used to be addicted to stimulants but I am no longer tempted by them because my energy is consistently abundant all day long without them, and I thank the tonic herbs for that.
Look for my next post in this series on Healing the kidney system using Taoist tonic herbs
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.