The Kidneys and Reproductive Vigor –
It is very common to be in some ways deficient (for example: tired and needing a lot of sleep, mostly cold, and sluggish and heavy feeling) and in other ways excessive (breast pain, knee and back pain, pain with menses, excessive emotionality). Often times, the two seemingly opposing issues are actually related. This internal confusion and exhaustion cuts off energy and blood flow to the reproductive organs, closing off the body’s wisdom, and balance, and blocking the body from allowing life to come through.
The kidneys are the root of overall vigor, but especially reproductive vigor. Marked experiences of stress combined with the pressure of going through this fertility journey as well as the stressful and deflating feelings associated with the Western viewpoint of fertility possibilities can damage the kidney vitality even more and block the liver from its job of regulating hormonal flow.
When the liver gets taxed, especially through over work and stress, it recruits more support from the kidney reserves to provide continued energy throughout the systems of the body. Once the kidney is weakened it no longer gives good influence (nourishment) to the liver or the reproductive organs, creating a stagnant and non-receptive environment.
Once the kidneys are stronger, and creating more vitality (including reproductive vigor), more movement, and more nourishment – it will give good influence to creating more force and warmth to move and motivate the reproductive organ system and the mind.
Strengthening the kidney system:
- Get adequate rest
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine
- Place a hot pack on the low abdomen
- Soak your feet in hot water
- Take deep belly breaths
- Spend time alone focusing on yourself
|Dr. Saraswati Markus (DAOM, LAc, ERYT), Daoyogini and Chinese medicine gynecologist, is a thought leader in natural hormone balance and maintenance of health and fertility. She has worked in the fields of gynecology and healthy aging for over 20 years. Her work weaves together Chinese medicine and Yoga, along with modern medicine into one cord to promote self-healing and vitality naturally.
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