The Kidney is an especially important organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The KIDNEY & BLADDER compose the WATER ELEMENT in Chinese Medicine. Not only does it flush out the unwanted toxins from our body, but is believed to support the body’s Reproductive system as well as regulate the circulation of Fluids in the body.
The Kidneys are the source of Yin and Yang, the cooling and warming energies that keep your body in balance.
When the Kidney/Bladder system is weak and not functioning properly, this can result in different problems and imbalances throughout the body.
Complications may include:
- problems with Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy
- issues with Trust, Willpower
- weakness of Hearing and Vision
- weakness in Teeth and Hair loss
A common issue that many people experience related to the Kidney is an overactive Bladder. TCM has been treating this problem for more than 2,000 years. Acupuncture and TCM work by addressing the problem as a whole. When the body is experiencing Urinary problems, it means there is an imbalance throughout the body.
When there are problems with the Kidneys, there is a deficiency of the body’s natural energy flow, called Qi. Acupuncture treats the specific issue, such as an overactive bladder, by correcting the overall imbalance in the body. Once your WATER ELEMENT Organ & Meridian systems are returned back to its natural state of balance, the Kidney/Bladder system will begin to function as it should.
Acupuncture also helps the Kidneys by stimulating more blood circulation, which then improves overall function as well as lowers or normalizes Blood Pressure.
Kidney disease is often related to Immune problems. Through stimulation of blood flow and focusing on specific acupuncture points on the body, Acupuncture can boost the Immune System.
Herbs to Consider for kidney health
Green tea: Green tea has been used for thousands of years for its many health benefits. The tea contains Antioxidants that can prevent Prostate, Liver and Colon Cancer. Green tea also contains diuretic properties as well as reduces cholesterol and fatty deposits.
Horsetail: Horsetail is a common weed with diuretic properties; it’s helpful for increasing urine output to flush the Kidneys and Urinary tract.
Hydrangea Root: Hydrangea is a common root that can have great benefits for the Kidneys. The plant increases the body’s use of Calcium, which helps lower the risk of kidney stones.
Rehmannia: Rehmannia is the most important herb for Kidney and Adrenal health in Chinese medicine (where it is called di huang) . Rehmannia root is used medicinally and it contains Phytosterols and Antioxidants (including rehmannin), along with iridoid glycosides (including catapol). Rehmannia is primarily used as a Kidney Tonic and also to detoxify the liver and to treat hepatitis. Rehmannia treats Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Rehmannia helps treat Hair loss, Respiratory disorders, Menopause and other Hormone related disorders. Rehmannia has Diuretic properties.
Ginger: Ginger contains Anti-Inflammatory properties as well as Antioxidants that help break down toxins in the body and keep the kidneys running smoothly. Try drinking at least one cup of Ginger Tea or Ginger lLemon Tea to see improvements in Kidney function.
Kidney and Bladder health are very important for overall wellness. Contact me to learn how Acupuncture and Herbs can get your body back on track and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Mindy Boxer 310. 450. 9711.