Winter is the Time to give your Kidneys some Love


In the healing philosophy of the Far East, the energy flow in our environment is reflected in our bodies. In the system of the Five Elements, the Water Element corresponds to the night-time in the daily cycle and the winter in the yearly cycle. The organs associated with water and thus winter are the kidneys and the urinary bladder.

Isn’t it amazing that your two kidneys, which are the size of your fists, can filter you blood, all one-and-a-half gallons of it, 400 times a day! The adrenals are associated with the kidneys and have to do with handling stress and keeping inflammation down. In Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are viewed as the center of the life force. They enable us to go out into the world and handle whatever we encounter during the day.

If you get really cold hands and feet in the winter, it could have to do with the condition of the kidneys. The kidneys are thought to rule the bones and the joints, so if you have bone loss, low back pain or painful joints, you need to take care of your kidneys. Hearing is also associated with the water element, so hearing loss and other old age symptoms like graying of hair, fatigue, losing teeth and memory are all kidney issues. One way to diagnose the condition of your kidneys is by looking at the skin under your eyes, if they are dark or puffy then they are weak.

On the emotional level, you know your kidneys are strong if you have a strong will, confidence and good memory. Some signs of weakness are depression, lack of motivation, fears, sexual issues, sleep problems and a need to control others. Energy peaks in the meridians of kidney and bladder from 3 to 7 p.m., so if you energy drops at that time, your kidneys may need some support.

The flavor associated with the kidneys is salty, so a good quality sea salt is important, plus some other foods like miso soup, soy sauce or umeboshi plums, as well as sea vegetables. In the winter, we should eat fewer raw foods and use longer cooking times, and have soups and stews more often.

There are some powerful acupuncture points for your kidneys and bladder between your Achilles tendon and the ankle bones, on the inside and outside of your foot. Put steady pressure on these points for a minute or so if they are tender.

Take care of your kidneys this winter. Keep them warm, eat nourishing foods and take the time to rest. Winter is the time of the year for going within. Meditate more and avoid excessive thinking. Keep a reasonable schedule and make some time each day to do nothing. Rub your hands together and put your hands over your kidneys and send them some gratitude and love…they are the batteries you need for the rest of your life.


  1. EXCELLENT work on the radio, recently. I forget the name of the interviewer but linked to it over your FB page. Please feel free to check in with me at any time. I am still attempting to bring PFH/PFA (protection from abuse) lawsuits pro se to the Appeals court in Boston, and the Defendants — sadly — are interfering profoundly. I continuously seek legal assistance until relocated to Boston or elsewhere. I pray about it continuously and stay focused on Guru Ma. Macrobiotics is difficult right now — I am not permitted to driver a car and have to make do with what I am given by the food pantry. Frown. lol. Not good. My CUT friend says a Ranch astrologer predicts improvements for chelas by 2017, but I am hoping that help for me materializes well in advance of that — that is for CERTAIN! God Bless, Warren. — Ben, Order of the Diamond Heart (TSL)>


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.