Kidney Yin is a person’s deep reserves of substance and energy; it’s not outward ‘flashy’ energy that’s easily visible in an active way, but potential energy in the way that logs stacked by the side of a fire are an energy reserve, in a very different way to the energy felt from the flames.
“Yin exists internally; Yang exists externally”
When Yin and Yang compliment and support each other life flourishes, rather than one consuming or overwhelming the other; a classic analogy for Yin and Yang is the candle; for a candle to ‘be’ it needs to have wax and a flame; too much wax swamps the flame, and too much flame will quickly consume the wax. Yin is the wax and Kidney Yin deficiency reflects a lack of energy reserves that often comes from years of illness, overwork or lack of sleep.
It’s also possible that excessive sexual activity (especially during teenage years) or chronic blood loss (possibly from heavy periods) can drain Yin. Blood is also a Yin substance and chronic Blood deficiency will eventually cause some Yin deficiency as the Liver and Kidneys are closely linked, but for all of us, just being older means our reserves of Yin have shrunk:
“at 40 years [of age], Yin Qi is automatically half”
“The Kidneys govern reproduction” and “the Kidneys store Jing”
Express the core role the Kidneys have in fertility as Jing is the key issue for sexual development and for the production of eggs and sperm, and Jing depends on Kidney Yin for it’s material basis.
“The Kidneys are the organ of Water and Fire; inside [them] are true Yin and true Yang”
The whole body is seen as both Yin and Yang (Fire and Water), and the kidneys are an unusual organ system as they’re said to store both True Yin (in the left kidney) and True Yang (in the right kidney). This means the kidneys
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