Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese medicine practitioners intuitively discovered that Nature and the human body are deeply interconnected on an energetic level and that many specific interrelationships could be practically applied for self-healing.

One such relationship is that of each season’s energies to organ systems in the body. The Winter season correlates energetically to Kidney energy. The Kidney is the body’s powerhouse and supplies reserve Qi to other organs when they are running low on energy.

If your Kidney is out of balance or low in energy, you may not feel quite like yourself during the winter season. Kidney imbalance often reveals itself in physical symptoms, such as urinary issues, lower back pain, knee pain, tinnitus or hearing loss, bone or teeth issues, sexual issues, infertility and hair loss. Winter is the perfect time to begin to rebalance the energetic function of your Kidney.

Follow these easy tips to help boost your Kidney energy:

1) Rub Your Ears: The ears are the sensory organ connected to the Kidney. Place your hands over your ears and rub for about 5 minutes until they are warm to the touch.

2) March in Place: Your Kidney meridian begins in the soles of your feet. Using flat, heavy feet, stomp in place for 4-5 minutes.

3) Eat Seafood: The element associated with the Kidney is water, and its taste is salty. Anything that lives in salt water strengthens Kidney energy. Shellfish, such as shrimp, clams, mussels, or lobster, are especially beneficial.

4) Take a Break! All of Nature rests in Winter. Do you allow yourself down time during this season? Take time to turn inward over the next few weeks so that your whole being can rest and rebalance.

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