Is Your Jing Depleted? A Chinese Medicine Concept you May Want to Know About
What is Jing, and why does it matter for my health?
Jing is a concept that I don’t talk about much in the acupuncture clinic, but according to Chinese Medicine, it has everything to do with the elemental season we’re in now: Water.
It is all wrapped up with the kidney energy; and for those of you who read my winter seasonal article, you know that the kidneys, the Water Element, and Winter, are all related.
Symptoms of Weak Jing
- bone or teeth issues from a young age, or developmental issues as children.
- reproductive issues later on in life as we try to conceive.
- early hair or hearing loss.
Or, we may be living such an exhausting, overworked and undernourished lifestyle, that our daily nutrition can’t keep up with our body’s needs; so we end up tapping into our Jing for energy, causing serious health issues and major debilitation.
For anyone trying to get pregnant and having problems, it could be a Jing deficiency issue. (There are many reasons why a person could have fertility issues, and Jing deficiency is just one of them. But since winter is a great time to nourish your kidneys and thus retain as much Jing as possible, I mention this now.)
Can we influence the vitality of our Jing?
Tips for Strong Jing
- Qi Gong,Tai Qi, and restorative/yin yoga are fabulous for nurturing the jing
- many forms of meditation focus your energy into your jing
- specific Chinese herbs are fabulous for building strong and vital Kidney Qi, which then prevents your body from tapping into your jing.
- If you’re a patient of mine and we have discussed your diagnosis and you know you are kidney yin depleted, then go back to my last blog for the Water Element and focus on eating as many foods from the Yin nourishing list as possible. If you’re yang deficient, then focus on those yang building foods, the warming ones. Winter is an especially good time to work on building up the kidneys since it is their season.
- Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen are both fabulous tonics, and specifically, Jing tonics. Royal jelly promotes longevity and reproductive ability in the queen bee, and can impart those same attributes to humans. For those with a low sex drive, this can help promote sexual energy. Most of you don’t need quite such a strong tonic, and can maintain your jing well with Bee Pollen, which is less potent.
Take care of your Kidneys now for a more vibrant spring ahead
The image above is a good visual description of a person with strong Jing. She is strong, alive, and vibrant, and her energy flows from her core (where her Jing is stored), outward.
Although we may be in the midst of winter, a time more for dormancy and inward focus than other times of year; come spring, we will want our energy vibrant and strong to take on the Wood energy of that season, which is a force to be reckoned with, for sure.
If you think your Jing or Kidneys might be depleted, you can schedule an acupuncture appointment for an assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, by clicking the button below.