TCM is the medicine that was created by the Communist Chinese government after they took power. TCM is traditional Chinese medicine. TCM took some of the basic elements of the oriental medicine that was practiced in China and much of Asia but removed some of the Taoist philosophy that might conflict with Communist ideology.
When western/modern medicine entered China, scholars decided to coordinate the ancient Chinese medical understanding with modern medicine of the early 20th century.
The deepest inner vitality of the body was assigned to the kidneys. A reading of good translations of the classic medical teaching reveal that what is called kidneys by these medical scholars is really more related to the adrenal glands and the strength of the whole endocrine system.
Kidney yin very prominently involves the secretion of glucocorticoid hormone, cortisol, from the adrenal cortex. Kidney yang in addition to involving adrenaline secretions of the adrenal medulla, also involve other endocrine functions including the pituitary and thyroid glands.
Over time stressors such as poor or not enough eating, imbalanced diets, a lack of sleep or too much activity etc., deplete the adrenal glands and the deep vitality of the body. Here is an exercise to restore this Kidney or adrenal/endocrine energy’s inner strength.
Part 1: Elevating the Kidneys
Step 1: Sit straight with your feet touching the floor about a shoulder width apart. Sit toward the front of the chair with a space between your back and the back of the chair. Don’t lean back. Place your hands naturally on top of the knees.
You may stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands overlapping your lower tan tien (the area below and just above the navel). For women the right hand touches the abdomen. For men, it is the left hand.
Step 2: Place your mind on the huiyin area (the area between the genitals and the anus). Exhale slowly, draw and hold in this area slightly. Inhale slowly and release. Let the abdomen expand on inhalation.
- You can train at any time with this exercise. Do not do more than 20 breaths at a time. After each set of 20, rest before repeating. Too many repetitions may cause dizziness in some people.
- People with high blood pressure should rest after 5 breaths before resuming the exercise.
- People who have a hard time falling asleep should avoid this exercise before sleep.