Kidney Energy, Fear And East Asian Medicine
As discussed in our recent blog, The Emotions, Organs and The Five Elements, in East Asian Medicine, energy, emotions and physical health are closely connected. The five essential elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element relates to a particular emotion and a particular organ in the body. In this blog, we will look more closely at the emotion of fear.
Fear belongs to the Kidney energy and the Bladder, both organs associated with the Water element. Fear is a normal emotion and essential to our survival. Still, it can become problematic when extreme and ignored. When our Kidney Qi is abundant, we have a healthy sense of self, direction, and optimism to pursue our goals. We are feeling confident and committed (Dr Lauren Faveau).
Some indications that the Kidney energy is out of balance include feeling:
Physical symptoms of Kidney imbalance include:
- frequent urination
- urinary incontinence
- night sweats
- dry mouth
- poor short-term memory
- low back pain
- ringing in the ears
- hearing loss
- premature grey hair
- hair loss
Kidney issues often arise when dealing with fear, such as changing life direction or unstable living conditions. Long-term or excessive psychological fear of change can easily damage the Kidney Qi, resulting in alterations in the immune system, increasing our susceptibility to illness.
The function of the Kidneys
The function of the kidneys is to remove waste and excess fluid from the body in the form of urine. They play a central role in fluid regulation. In East Asian Medicine, the kidneys are also the storehouse for vital energy and Jing, our essence. They provide the drive and willpower to press forward and accomplish our goals. When we consider how close the adrenal glands are to the kidneys, the connection with fear makes sense. The adrenals trigger the flight or fight instinct. Too much stress for too long can deplete our kidney energy and leave us stuck in a cycle of fear.
The Water element and fear
Water is essential to life. The Water element is all about life force, energy and flow, and water flows to take the shape of whatever contains it. When the Water element is balanced, one moves smoothly through life with strength, courage, and willpower. There’s a sense of flow, ease, and alignment to one’s purpose or destiny. When the Water element is out of balance, the opposite can be true – we feel a lack of courage, procrastination, and fear may prevent us from “seizing the day”.
How to keep the Water element balanced
Fear can be an intense and debilitating emotion, preventing us from living our lives fully. Whilst a healthy level can protect us from real dangers in our environment; too much can immobilise us. Many of us feel fearful about what the future holds in our current world environment.
Allowing ourselves to slow down is a crucial step in addressing the adrenaline rushes of everyday life, which, when excessive, can lead to depletion of energy. Rest and taking the pressure off are critical factors restoring our energy balance. Addressing our fears can be scary but is crucial in letting them go and moving on to a more joyful life. Reflect on what you are afraid of and seek professional support if needed. Tuning into our inner selves is what the water element is all about.
How can East Asian medicine help?
East Asian Medicine is concerned with restoring balance. Treating the kidney energy can stimulate your natural energy reserves, and your body and mind return to a state of homeostasis.
Acupuncture provides a gentle way of looking after our kidney energy and, thereby, our life force by stimulating specific points along the Bladder and kidney channel. It helps restore the flow of vital energy, allowing the kidneys to perform their normal functions at an optimal level. Herbal medicine, dietary advice, massage and exercises complement the treatments.
What does Ondol Clinic offer?
At Ondol Clinic, we offer a holistic approach to health, empowering you to lead a healthy life.
If you are dealing with fear or anxiety, there are several services available to support your healing. These include acupuncture, herbal medicines, moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping, tui-na massage, and nutritional advice.
If you would like to explore how to feel healthier and more balanced, don’t hesitate to contact us at Ondol Clinic and book an appointment. We are here to discuss your needs and help you get answers to your questions.