by Alexander Kanevsky, MD

Of the five elements of nature, in the winter the prevailing element is water, from which the kidneys derive to dominate over the physical body of living beings.

The kidney stores and metabolizes the body’s water to produce marrow and primordial vital essence, with which bones, brain, and the rest of the body’s organs and systems are maintained.

Kidney restricts heart, is restricted by spleen, promotes liver, and is promoted by lungs. Therefore, if kidney is weak, people with diseases of the aforementioned organs in winter will suffer.

The quintessence of kidneys is reflected in the hair and complexion. A black-grey discoloration of skin on the face, particularly on the cheeks, along with puffiness under the inferior eyelids, might give their owner the first clue that kidney function is compromised.

Kidney asthenia is the cause of the majority of headaches and other diseases of the head. Lumbar and knee pain, leg weakness, impotence, sterility, nocturnal emissions, deafness, and enuresis should produce yet another clue and the alarum to seek physician’s council.

A person who groans often, is stubborn, and feels terrorized, might wish to follow the sounds of the same bell.

When a person with kidney disease has dysuria, followed by abdominal distention, dyspepsia, flatulence, and dyspnea, thence the heartache and chest congestion, then the so-called transferring sequence of kidney disease can be interpreted as coming to its fruition to render the condition rather serious and requiring immediate medical attention.

Therewith the best of care must be taken to carefully attend to the health of the spleen as this organ can dramatically restrict kidneys’ function. For instance, when a person takes too much of a sweet taste his bones might begin aching and hair falling out.

If kidneys are not restored through the winter and spring, in summer the owner of their disease might suffer the insufferable consequences.

The salty taste invigorates kidneys while the acrid one cures them, if taken in moderation and appropriately to the circumstances.

Pork, water chestnuts, soybeans, and green peas posses natural functional affinity for and structural proximity to kidneys.

Chicken, rice, and peaches under certain contagions might harmonize kidneys with lungs, whereas beef and jujube with spleen, or lamb and apricots with heart.

A person with kidney disease should by no means use this knowledge for self treatment without first consulting his/her physician.

Dr. Alexander Kanevsky MD specializes in Integrative and Natural Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Western Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Alexander Kanevsky is a former Surgical Oncologist and the author of "Doctor Kanevsky’s Diaries of Health" (2011). To learn more about Dr. Kanevsky and his practice please visit or call 609-613-0225.

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