Water Elements – kidneys and bladder, including fertility.
A few weeks ago I explained to you about the earth element, which is where we always start the healing process. The earth elements are the stomach, pancreas and spleen. A few days later I added the metal element which incorporates the colon (large intestine), lungs and skin. Today I will add the water element. This element incorporates the kidney and the bladder.
These previous blogs that I mentioned can be found in the archives here on the right of this page. Please remember that I am not a doctor, merely imparting what I am learning as I go on my courses, and only a little of what I think could make a difference and give you a basic understanding.
Strong kidney chi (energy) indicates stamina and energy. Linked to the numerology this links to the number 8. Strong kidneys mean a long life, lots of energy, wealth, a delay in going grey as kidneys are responsible for hair colour, enhanced brain capacity (thus working against dementia) and strong bones. The kidneys nourish the brain, bone marrow, bones and teeth. Strong kidneys will also enhance eyesight. The adrenal glands sit on the kidney so kidneys influence some of the endocrine and hormonal functions as well.
After an operation the kidneys are weakened with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication. The anaesthetic affects the liver. Poor kidney function will show up in ways you may not associate kidney problems with, like weak or painful knees and outer ankles, bad teeth (especially after too many antibiotics), weak bones, impotence, infertility, a weak bladder, lower back pain, dementia, hair loss or hearing problems to name but a few. Kidney problems, like colon problems, can also manifest as lung problems. The kidneys need minerals to function. Too few minerals will lead to water retention and drinking too much water will put a strain on the kidneys and deplete necessary minerals needed to nourish the kidneys. (Click on the picture to enlarge).
If the body secretes too much cortisol during a trauma or stress situation it depletes minerals from the bones and teeth. Sometimes this mechanism does not switch off due to constant stress or other factors; depleted bones, collapsed arteries and muscles can be the result. Other factors that cause this effect are body building additives and cortisone injections.
The kidney- and bladder meridians run through the ovaries, testes and uterus as well as these organs, influencing the prostate gland, fertility as well as other reproductive system related problems.
For problems with infertility it is necessary to strengthen the kidneys. One of the healers I know said that just having the “wanna-be-pregnant-couple” both come off wheat and microwaved foods and having them drink a “smoothie” in the mornings of pre-soaked almonds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and amla seeds mixed with milk and honey (and perhaps a bit of whey powder) can sometimes do the trick within a few months. No eating cucumber for men at all – too “yin” (female energy) and cucumber contains salicylates, the same ingredient in asprin. Another thing reportedly good for fertility is black Caraway seeds sometimes known as Charnushka, Nigella sativa or Black Cumin. Mohammed reportedly stated: “Black seed oil heals every disease except for death.”
Amla is commonly known as the Indian Gooseberry, and you can see what the berries and seeds look like on these two pictures. Amla is excellent to prevent premature greying. Use fenugreek and yarrow as well as an added bonus. Amla can be bought from an Indian spice market.
Burdock root tea is excellent for cleaning out the kidneys and will clear the liver as well. It can be bought at a health shop. The one I buy comes in a white and green box and the root is already in little chunks. One large teaspoon of this boiled in about 300ml of water for 10 to 15 mins will make you a cup of tea that tastes to me a liitle like a thin beef broth and is not unpleasant. This root can be added to soups and stews as well. Burdock root is said to also help for cystitis.
Other herbs that are beneficial are Siberian Ginseng, Juniper berries – about 15ml lightly crushed and soaked in 250ml of boiling water for about 20 mins twice a day, Dandelion root – about 10ml soaked in 250ml cold water and brought to the boil for about 1 minute to be taken when you feel sluggish. There are various other herbs like Horsetail, Buchu, Lady`s Mantle, parsley and turnips that are very good as well. Then there is asparagus which is good for nourishing the fetus in pregnancy and increases the flow of breast milk. Asparagus cleanses the blood too.
Comfrey is good for broken bones and can be bound over the area where the break is and it will be absorbed by the skin into the area. The high phosphorous content is excellent to help the bone to grow and mend.
Cranberries and Goji berries are also very good and can be added to baking and cooking. I use Cranberries in all the recipes you would usually put raisins into and give both these berries to my grandchild as “sweeties” and he loves them. My daughter-in-law who lives with us bakes our gluten-free bread and sometimes adds these berries to the bread mixtures making our bread very interesting. I add cranberries to all my curries and any stew whether chicken, lamb, beef or mince. Celery seeds are also wonderful things to cook with, but use them only in small amounts as they are very pungent. Try them and see if you like the taste.
I am including a chicken recipe I got from my aunt. It has over the years become a family favourite. Although it may not fall under the heading of “ultra-healthy”, it has celery seeds in, and will be a yummy introduction to the taste. You can buy celery seeds from your health store and they are surprisingly cheap. Buy them in small amounts, though, as this recipe uses less than a teaspoon of them at a time. They are, however, the secret ingredient you CANNOT make this chicken dish without.
4 chicken pieces – double or treble the recipe for a whole chicken cut into pieces
1/3 cup of tomato sauce (I only use All Gold)
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar (I use balsamic but any vinegar is fine)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (white sugar will also do fine)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (or 1/4 teaspoon salt and a little garlic – fresh/flakes)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (or black, fine or ground)
1/2 tablespoon chopped parsley (or dried parsley – use less, though)
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 cup water
Put the chicken pieces into a thick-bottomed pot. Mix the other ingredients and pour over the chicken pieces. Cover and cook gently until done. You can add more water throughout the cooking process as the water boils down to have a gravy, or you can let it cook down until it is sticky. Watch that it does not burn – it has sugar in. I usually serve it with white basmati rice and petit pois (baby peas) bought frozen from Woollies. I can`t seem to find them anywhere else these days.
Well, enjoy, and start experimenting with the various herbs I have mentioned in my blogs to familiarize yourselves more with the different tastes. When it comes to healing, remember to start with the earth element blog, then the metal element blog, then the water element blog which is this one. Soon I will be publishing the wood- and fire elements as well as herbal healing for the endocrine system.
Be mindful of eating food with high nutrient levels and remember: NO MICROWAVES!