Valentine’s Day: A matter of the Heart (and Kidneys)
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the Heart—whose health depends on strong Kidneys. As Valentine’s Day inspires you to feel love in your heart, I encourage you to also focus for a minute or two on the level of energy (health) you’re feeling, or not feeling, in your Heart and Kidneys.
Tired Kidneys: Working on overdrive to keep our metabolisms up and our bodies warm during the winter months, your kidneys are probably pretty pooped by now, leaving you feeling lower in energy. In traditional Chinese medicine, the kidney’s element of water is the source of energy to generate that of the heart fire. Therefore, if your kidneys are low in energy they won’t be able to adequately support the heart, and as a result, the heart function becomes weak and imbalanced.
Heart Problems: If you’re already predisposed to Heart problems, you may be experiencing things like a little bit of extra pressure in the chest, increased tension in the neck and shoulders, insomnia, anxiety or even some mild heart irregularities in the rhythm and beat; but for people who have compromised Heart energy, these symptoms may be more present at this point in Winter.
Now is the time of year to start rebuilding the strength of your Kidneys and Heart.
Strengthening Kidneys and Heart: A ‘rule of thumb’ for good health is this: toward the middle and end of each season, focus on rebuilding the strength of the organ that is the focal point for that season. Right now, in Mid-Winter, it’s your Kidneys. And because each organ system has a companion organ that it regulates, (at mid-winter it’s your Heart), it’s a good idea to pay some attention to the companion organ too so that it will be in tune and ready to go when its season to perform comes—for the Heart, that’s summer).
How To Strengthen Your Organs: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, appropriate diet (kidney and black beans, walnuts, sesame seeds/oil, bone broths strengthen the kidneys, and oatmeal, tomatoes, broccoli and dark chocolate tonify the heart), walking slowly with arms behind your low back, smiling, and putting your hands over your chest are all simple time-tested ways to balance the energy in the seasonally affected organs, and to build your overall level of energy so that you can enjoy that most wonderful, yet subtle, of feelings: Good Health!
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Andrea Hingst L.Ac. Dipl.O.M.