Happy New Year!
Although the passing of Solstice signals that we are beginning to move out of the dark days of winter, we still have a few months of cold before us. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Winter is the most yin of the seasons. A time when life has returned to its deepest inner aspects. Now, many animals are hibernating or have moved to warmer climates, plant life has returned to its roots, and people are staying indoors to escape the cold.
According to Chinese medicine, the Kidneys are the organs associated with Winter. In Chinese medical theory, the “Kidneys” would include not only their function of blood filtration, but also the adrenal glands that sit atop them. At this time of the year, the Kidneys are more active and potentially more vulnerable to depletion than at other times.
In TCM it is believed that by harmonizing oneself with the seasons, you can avoid illness and promote great health. Therefore, during the Winter it is a good time to focus on strengthening the Kidneys.