Energy Medicine for the Water Element / Winter Season
Quick Tips To Balance Water Element
The Water Element…Are You in the Flow?
Water Element is the beginning of the 5-Element cycle and represents both birth and death in the cycle of life. Those with Water as their primary element will be childlike, curious and endearing. They also are truth seekers and search deeply for the meaning of life. Other correspondences associated with the Water Element are the color blue, season of winter, cold climate, north direction and a craving for salty foods.
The Water Element reminds us to be in the flow of life having faith and trust to be in connection with the natural flow of all that is, letting go of our potential resistance and need to control. The Water Element brings us full circle. It is a time in nature to go inside and meditate, quiet the mind and rest. It is a cycle for reflection and restoration and to strengthen our will power and adaptability. If we allow ourselves this rest, we have the ability to gain much wisdom and move forward in a more powerful way. Connection and community are fundamental to our growth during this time as we gather with those we love.
The Power and Energy of the Kidney
Kidney stores the Essence or Life Force Energy that is inherited from our parents. Your Kidney Essence is dependent on their energy at the time of conception. K1, the first point on the meridian, is called “The Well Spring of Life.” Essence is the foundation of the body and the root of the mind and heart. In Oriental Medicine it is believed that once one has depleted their Kidney energy through age and over activity, it cannot be replenished. However, I believe using Acupuncture and Energy Medicine tools on a daily basis to balance our energy and strengthen our Kidneys we are able to restore this energy and replenish the adrenals for greater health. We truly can change our energetic profile.
The Kidneys’ dominate water metabolism by regulating the flow and amount of water in your body. It is this flow of water that enables the body to collect and excrete waste and toxins to its partner the Urinary Bladder. The pure water is sent to the Lungs. The Kidney receives Qi and helps our Lungs with respiration.
Emotionally Kidney Qi is depleted most through fear, shame, dread, insecurity, phobias, anxiety, paranoia, insecurity and suspicion. Physical signs that Kidney energy is out of balance include: low back pain, hip pain, edema, frequent urination, osteoporosis, tinnitus, ear infections, hair loss, early graying, infertility, enlarged prostate, eye problems, irregular menstruation, adrenal fatigue, impotence, heart diseases, asthma, poor memory, chronic fatigue syndrome, painful knees and ankles, cold hands and feet, hardening of the arteries, vertigo, teeth and gum problems, stomach – pain, swelling or bloating, and a lack of energy or life force.
The Urinary Bladder
Physical signs that Bladder is out of balance include: incontinence, burning or frequent urination, difficulty urinating, arthritis, back pain, tooth loss, urinary tract infections, nervous system problems, foot pain, occipital headaches, and sciatica.