Did you know that the Kidneys are directly related to the lower back in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? In TCM, the winter season is associated with the kidneys, which hold our body’s most basic and fundamental energy. This fundamental energy (called “Jing” in TCM) is part of what allows us to live to the fullest extent of our potential, and if the Kidney System is out of balance, our Fullest Potential is compromised. We no longer have the energy and will to do the things we want and love to do. For instance, Seasonal Affective Disorder often comes from a Kidney System imbalance. And since the Kidneys are associated with the low back, pain in the low back can really flare up in the cold wintertime of the Kidneys.
When you are overworked, overtired, and not moving your body, the result can be a dull, aching type of back pain. There are specific foods & herbs, such as seaweed, seafood, and cordyceps mushrooms, that can help stimulate the Kidney and strengthen the back, which helps reduce the frequency and extent of your back pain.