Kidney Jing is our deepest reserve of constitutional energy and it’s vital for fertility, which means having a lack of Jing significantly reduces the chances of conceiving. Jing reserves naturally shrink as we get older and Jing deficiency is an issue for all women who’re trying to conceive in their 40’s and for men in their 50’s. For some of us Jing deficiency has been an issue since birth, but for many it develops from lifestyle choices or life events that severely drained Qi over the years and this ultimately depleted Jing. The usual causes of this are excessive sexual activity (especially as a teenager) from severe or chronic illnesses, from continuous overwork, or from substance abuse.
“The kidneys govern reproduction” – any Kidney deficiency reduces the likelihood of conception
“The kidneys store jing” – Jing is the basis of Kidney Qi, Kidney Yin, Kidney Yang and central to fertility
Jing has two sources; initially it’s the constitutional strength we get from our parents at conception, and after this it’s sustained and supplemented by energy we get from the diet, as any daily Qi surplus is stored as Jing. Although Jing is stored in the Kidneys it has a fluid nature and circulates throughout the body via the Source points and in the Eight Extraordinary channels. The long cycles of a person’s life, especially their growth, development, maturation and the ability to conceive rely on their Jing acting to enable these changes.
“The kidneys are the root of Yuan qi”
Yuan Qi is a dynamic and rarefied form of Jing that’s necessary for the transformation of Kidney Yin to Kidney Yang at the Ming Men “Gate of Life”.