Winter and Kidneys
Chinese Medicine, and certain forms of qigong, are both based in part on the model of the Five Elements. The Five Elements as a model gives us a way to model the world and ourselves. The elements of Chinese medicine are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element is associated with certain organs in the body. Each element is also associated with a particular season. So as we go through the year, each season brings its own challenges and opportunities to our body and our emotions.
In Chinese medicine, the foods we eat should change throughout the year to best support our bodies and energies according to the season we are in. Winter is considered the most Yin of the seasons, and is associated with the Kidneys. The tone of Winter is characterized by stillness and quiet. It is a time to rest, integrate the harvest of the year, and prepare for the coming spring. Food choices for the winter support this. We take advantage of the foods we have harvested in autumn.