Nourishing the Kidneys

Snow-mountain-winterWinter is the season of the Kidneys.

The Kidneys are the Yin organ of the Water Element. Every Element is associated with a season, and winter is the season of the Water Element.  Because of these associations, we know that winter is a great time to accentuate the Kidney Organ System.

Three ways to nourish the Kidneys during winter:

  1. Allow for extra time to sleep. The nights are longer during winter, inviting us to sleep a little more.
  2. Allow your creativity to incubate. Creative expression requires times of stillness, of “not knowing.” Just like the seeds incubating deep in the earth, seemingly “not doing anything” until the surge of spring, allow your creativity the space to “do nothing.”
  3. Keep your low back extra warm. The kidneys are located in the lower back area and vulnerable to the cold of winter. Be sure to keep this area well covered when you are out in the cold.

These small seasonal adjustments are a few ways of harmonizing with the seasons and the Elements. By harmonizing with the seasons we support the abundance and flow of our Qi all year long. Abundant and flowing Qi is the basis of health and happiness.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Joyce on February 25, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you for all the tips greatly appreciated from Alberta Canada

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on February 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Hi Joyce,
      I’m sure you are having plenty of experience with the Water Element these days in Alberta – stay warm!

  2. Amalia on February 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks Cindy for the wonderful advice that you are sending us. I was thinking how you can manage your times doing all these emails and Yoga, Seminars, writings and cats….You’re like a superwoman!!! I just want to say that I really appreciate the regular mails. Many many

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on February 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Hi Amalia,
      Thank your for your kind words. I do love my work very much. One thing that is great about my job is that it requires me to take good care of myself and do my best to stay in balance. I love exploring new modalities that support my health and it is my pleasure to share what I learn with others.

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