Spring health preservation, 99% of the articles remind everyone to nourish the liver, but they all overlook one point: spring produces yang qi, which is also suitable for nourishing yang and tonifying kidney qi. However, special attention should be paid to the techniques, which are different from the methods that can be greatly replenished in winter and require warm tonics.
Kidney deficiency also divides into yin and yang
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that "when a person reaches forty, their yang qi is insufficient", hence the saying "if they do not replenish at forty, they will suffer at fifty". As one ages, it is difficult to generate and develop yang qi. As yang qi decreases, diseases also increase. So how can one supplement yang qi in spring? I heard that Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is very kidney tonifying. Can I take it for a course of treatment? Reminder everyone, this behavior is absolutely not advisable and is a disguised harm to oneself!
If you want to use medication to tonify the kidney, you must first figure out whether you have kidney yang deficiency or kidney yin deficiency.
Kidney yang deficiency often manifests as cold:
Fear of cold limbs, mental exhaustion, clear and long urination, and a pale, plump tongue with white fur.
People with kidney yang deficiency are not only afraid of the cold, but also have a slow metabolism of water and weak evaporation ability, which leads to frequent urination, especially nocturia, and they do not want to drink water much. Traditional Chinese patent medicines and simple preparations Jinkui Shenqi Pill and Wuzi Yanzong Pill are more suitable.
Kidney yin deficiency often manifests as deficiency heat:
Dry mouth and throat, hot flashes, red cheekbones, restless heart, night sweats, red tongue with little coating.
People with kidney yin deficiency generally do not fear the cold, and even fear the heat, especially when their hands and feet feel hot and want to stick to cold things. People with kidney yin deficiency also have problems with dry mouth, dry stools, irritability, and even insomnia due to anxiety. Moreover, people are also prone to weight loss, becoming thin and dry. Traditional Chinese patent medicines and simple preparations is suitable for Liuwei Dihuang pills.
Eating the Four Treasures Often
If the symptoms are not particularly serious (for example, women's kidney deficiency leads to infertility, and men's kidney deficiency leads to impotence), it is better not to take medicine to tonify the kidney in spring, because too much medicine will increase the burden on the liver, so it is recommended that everyone absorb the essence of food to mildly nourish yang.
We usually refer to the "black five categories": black rice, black beans, black sesame, black dates, and black fungus. We must eat more. In addition, foods such as yam, thicket, walnut kernels, ginkgo, lotus seeds, mulberry, lychee, seaweed, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, fermented soybeans, goji berries, chestnuts, etc. are all high-quality products for tonifying the kidney.
1. Kidney Tonifying Decoction
6 grams of American ginseng, 3 grams of Ligustrum lucidum, 3 grams of lotus root, 3 grams of Salvia miltiorrhiza, 3 grams of raspberry, and 3 grams of tangerine peel. Take daily in soup.
2. Kidney tonifying bean
One kilogram of beans, 6 grams of sand garden seeds, white thistle, calamus, fried Eucommia ulmoides, psoralen, anise, and walnut kernels each.
1. Add big fennel and the first 5 medicinal herbs to boil the juice, and then start boiling for half an hour before removing the residue and extracting the juice.
2. Soak the black beans in the potion for 4 hours, allowing them to fully absorb the medicine.
3. Cook the beans by adding walnuts and a little salt (preferably large particle sea salt, if salt is not used) until the beans are not hard and shiny.
3. Congee for Tonifying Kidney
This bowl of Congee was recommended by a young mother. She said that she had drunk it for more than three weeks in a row and looked much better. There were many places with white hair that had not recurred before. The crescents of her nails have changed from two (thumbs) to seven! With such a good effect, she would love to let everyone know. You might as well give it a try.
Black beans (1 small handful) Job's tears (3 pieces) Rice (2 pieces) Black sesame (1 small handful) Walnuts (2 pieces)
1. Soak all ingredients for one hour.
2. Put the raw materials into the casserole, cook Congee, and add brown sugar after cooking.
4. Kidney tonifying tea
Goji berry and Poria cocos tea can tonify the kidneys and essence, while Poria cocos and its sweetness can strengthen the spleen and diuresis. Black tea can diuresis and refresh the mind. It is brewed together to form Goji berry and Poria cocos tea, which not only quenches thirst but also tonifies the kidneys, making it particularly convenient.
5-10 grams of goji berries and Poria cocos each, and 6 grams of black tea.
Grind goji berries and Poria cocos into fine powder, take 5-10 grams each time, add 6 grams of black tea, and brew with boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink twice a day as a substitute for tea.
Do four things frequently
bask in the sunshine
The simplest way to maintain yang is to bask in the sun. Sitting in the sun and backlighting is best because there is an undeniable meridian on the back - the governor's meridian. The governor's meridian is known as the "sea of yang meridians", and the governor's body is full of yang energy. By getting your back hot and comfortable in the sun, your body's yang will be sufficient.
The best time to bask in the sun is between 10-11 am or 16-17 pm, when the sunlight is abundant and the light is soft. The best effect is to bask in the sun. For middle-aged and elderly people, it takes about 30 minutes to bask in the sun. Do not bask in the sun through the glass, as it will be difficult to achieve the desired effect.
Rub your ears
According to the Five Elements Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidney is responsible for storing essence, opening the ear, and there are many acupoints in the ear for treating kidney diseases. So regular ear exercises can play a role in strengthening the kidneys, waist, body, and longevity.
After placing your index fingers on the inner side of the earbuds, use your index fingers and thumbs to lift the earbuds and earlobes from the inside out. The technique should be light to heavy, and the pulling force should be limited to no pain. Each time for 3-5 minutes, when your hands are free, you can press and knead your ears while watching TV.
Soak feet at night
Soaking feet can not only keep warm, but also promote the circulation of qi and blood throughout the body. By stimulating dozens of acupoints on the feet, it can adjust the body's yin and yang qi and blood.
Soaking your feet at 9 pm is the best way to protect your kidneys. The reason for choosing this time to tonify the kidney is because it is a time when the qi and blood of the kidney meridian are relatively weak. At this time, soaking the feet and increasing body heat will expand the blood vessels in the body, which is beneficial for promoting blood circulation and promoting blood circulation in the body.
When walking on tiptoe, the inner side of the forefoot and the thumb of the foot play a supporting role, while the Kidney Meridian of Foot Shaoyin, Liver Meridian of Foot Jueyin, and Spleen Meridian of Foot Taiyin pass through this area. This can massage the foot three yin and warm up the kidney yang through the foot Shaoyin kidney meridian. Every day, stand on tiptoe and walk for about 10 minutes. You can walk and stop in the middle, rest when tired, and achieve the purpose of stimulating acupoints.
It is difficult to walk on tiptoe, especially for elderly people. It is important to gradually step by step, and it is best to have a helper around when practicing at the beginning. Long term persistence, never overdo each time; Elderly people with severe osteoporosis are not recommended to walk on tiptoe.
Regularly press the four acupoints
In fact, there are four free kidney tonics on the body, but most people overlook them and seek other kidney tonics from afar. Chinese medicine master Tang Zuxuan specially recommended four acupoints for nourishing and protecting the kidneys: Shenshu, Mingmen, Guanyuan, and Taixi. Suitable for both men and women, massage each acupoint for 5 minutes each day. As long as you persist for a month, you will clearly feel as if a small sun has appeared in your body, and your kidney energy is full!
Location: The position of Shenshu acupoint and Mingmen acupoint is at the same level, which is located under the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebrae in the waist, 1.5 inches apart, one on each side.
Effect: Shenshu point is the main acupoint of the kidney meridian. If pressed frequently, it can strengthen the kidney qi, enhance your kidney function, especially for irregular menstruation and frigidity.
Location: On the median line of the human body, measure a distance of four fingers down from the navel, which is the Guanyuan acupoint.
Effect: The Guanyuan acupoint is like a valve in the human body, locking the body's vital energy in the body to prevent it from leaking. It is a place for men to store essence and women to accumulate blood, as well as a place for the accumulation of Yuanyin and Yuanyang in the human body.
Location: In the depression between the inner ankle and Achilles tendon of the foot. Bilateral symmetry.
Function: Taixi point is the original point of the kidney meridian, where the vital energy of the kidney meridian passes through and stops. Therefore, ancient people referred to Taixi point as one of the "Nine Points for Revitalizing Yang" and believed that it has strong functions of revitalizing Yang and saving adversity.
Location: Mingmen acupoint is located between the spinous processes of the second and third lumbar vertebrae. Simply put, it is the position of the back in the middle of the waist, opposite the navel.
Effect: For men, it is a great aphrodisiac acupoint, while for women, it is a beauty acupoint. It is indispensable for tonifying the kidneys and strengthening yang, warming the uterus and preparing for pregnancy.