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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) regards the kidney as an important organ when it comes to body qi, hence the need to ensure that it is taken care of properly.

A deep dive into TCM will confirm to you that kidneys are the powerhouses of the body where reserve energy is stored.

When any other body organ is running low on Qi, this reserve energy from the kidneys is what is supplied to help bring back a healthy balance.

This mainly happens during winter when our bodies react to the cold, so taking some time to rest or slowing down will do a tone of good for our kidneys.

The Origin of Kidney Qi

Qi being the life force of the body means that all body organs have a level of it, which if not taken care of and balanced properly might be detrimental to our health.

Kidney Qi, also known as Pre-Natal Qi is energy that we inherit directly from our parents.

This means that your energy qi can only be improved and taken care of rather than be altered.

Since all your body’s functions depend on the heat that is provided by the Kidney I think it will be prudent to provide ways in which you can strengthen your Kidney Qi.

Some of these will be from experience but most of them will age-old practices that are probably older than we will ever be.

These practices have been passed down throughout the ages ensuring that they have been tested by generation after generation thus proving their efficiency.

Ways of improving Kidney Qi


I think it is safe to say that throughout history, man has figured out how to get most of his medicine directly from food, and this case is no different.

Salt is the taste that most corresponds to the kidneys so when you find yourself craving beans, or seafood, that might be a sign that your kidney qi is running low.

The rule of thumb when it comes to food is to listen to your body, so yes, go ahead and have that salty treat.

Physical activity

TCM vouches for physical activity above all else, and it doesn’t get any easier than this when it comes to kidney health.

A quick exercise that will surely invigorate your kidney energy is stomping your feet for roughly 5 minutes.

Feet have been known to have a direct connection to the kidney meridian and thus play a very important role in Kidney health.


The Kidneys’ importance in the body can be seen according to the number of organs that are connected to it.

This might come as a surprise to most of you but the ears are connected to the kidneys energetically.

Rubbing the part of the ear that protrudes outside of the body for 10 minutes every day will help strengthen your kidney qi.


There is an acupressure point right in the middle of each foot known as “Yongquan” that is directly linked to the Kidneys channel.

A simple massage to this part which might appear to be sore at first has been known to relieve issues such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Tinnitus

Strengthening our kidney qi has been our minds since time immemorial.

There should be no reason for you not to take advantage of these simple practices that will do a world of good both to your Kidneys and natural wellbeing.

These solutions are very easy to do and should be done by anyone in need:

  • Listen to your body’s food cravings
  • Stomp your feet
  • Rub your ears
  • Acupressure on the Yongquan

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