The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body. They contain an inborn energy; they also participate in the creation of new energy. The quality of our energy depends mainly on that of the inborn energy. According to Chinese sources, a so-called sea of energy is found in the lower part of the trunk; this sea is controlled by the kidneys. When this energy is condensed, life is created, when it is diffused, death occurs. The energy flowing below the navel and between the kidneys represents man’s life. It is the root of the twelve meridians, which is why it is called the original energy. The triple warmer represents the messenger that transports the original energy. It controls the flow of the triple energy, which reaches the internal organs via the meridians. This energy permeates throughout the body via a complex circuit of energy pathways as well as via other routes. Its life-giving journey ends, again, in the kidneys.
The weakening of the kidneys and the urinary bladder manifests itself in the bad function of the spine. At the beginning, because of the weakened kidneys, e.g. a functional defect of the large intestine, liver or stomach occurs. This leads to reflex changes in the corresponding region of the spine, which leads to the manifestation of painful vertebral afflictions. There is much that we can do for our backbone if we remember that a whole range of foodstuff damages the genito-urinary apparatus: salt, chemicals, sugar, and products of animal-protein breakdown. Our diet contains all these substances in excessive amounts. The lymphatic system cannot fulfill its important detoxification role without properly functioning kidneys. The frequent damage of these two organs is caused by various viral infections such as the numerous types of flu.
We shall illustrate the role played by the inter-connection of the individual organs via the energy pathways by illustrating the relationship between the kidneys and the parts of the body. The weakened function of the kidneys may manifest itself as edema of the lower extremities in cases of varicose veins and their complications, as defect of mobility, as muscle atrophy, but also as flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and lastly as pain through the meridian of the kidneys. For example, headaches with pain radiating from the forehead to the top of the head and downward to the cervical vertebrae may be caused by the dysfunction of the kidneys. Weakening of the urinary bladder may manifest itself as disorders of water and electrolyte metabolism, eye disease, skin rashes, bronchial asthma, headaches, pain throughout the meridian, especially the lower back, the loins and the lower extremities.