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  • Writer's pictureRichard Lai

#28 Kidney Organ Functions according to TCM

Updated: Aug 25, 2023


The human body is a complex and intricate system, with various organs working in harmony to keep us healthy and functional. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a unique perspective on the functions of organs, including the kidneys.


In TCM, the kidneys are considered the root of our body's yin and yang energy. They are responsible for storing and controlling our vital essence, which is also known as Jing. The kidneys are also closely related to our reproductive system, as they store and govern our reproductive energy.


Kidney Organ Functions in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  1. Store and control vital essence

According to TCM, our vital essence is responsible for our physical and mental development. The kidneys are responsible for storing and controlling this essence, which is essential for maintaining our overall health and well-being.

  1. Govern growth, development, and reproduction

The kidneys are closely related to our reproductive system, and they play a vital role in the growth, development, and reproduction of our bodies. In TCM, the kidneys are considered the foundation of our reproductive system and are responsible for producing healthy offspring.

  1. Regulate water metabolism

The kidneys are responsible for regulating our body's water metabolism, which is essential for maintaining our overall health. They help to control the amount of water that is absorbed into our body and eliminate excess water through urine.

  1. Control bones and teeth

In TCM, the kidneys are responsible for controlling our bones and teeth. They help to nourish and strengthen these structures, which are essential for our overall health and well-being.

  1. Control the lower body and lower back

The kidneys are also responsible for controlling the lower body and lower back. They help to provide strength and support to these areas, which are essential for our mobility and overall health.


Why is it important to maintain healthy kidneys?

Maintaining healthy kidneys is essential for our overall health and well-being. In TCM, the kidneys are considered the foundation of our body's yin and yang energy, and any imbalance in this energy can lead to various health problems.

Some of the health problems that can arise from an imbalance in the kidney organ functions include:

  • Weakness and fatigue

  • Poor concentration and memory

  • Low libido and sexual dysfunction

  • Infertility

  • Bone and teeth problems

  • Lower back pain

  • Edema (swelling)

In conclusion, the kidneys play a vital role in maintaining our overall health and well-being according to TCM. It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, to support our kidneys' proper functioning. If you experience any of the above health problems, it is recommended to consult a TCM practitioner to address the root cause of the issue and restore balance to your body's energy.


Studying for the Acupuncture Board Exam

Here are the other ones you should be familiar with and be able to perform differential diagnosis for:

  1. Yin/Yang Theory

  2. Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing)

  3. Eight Principles

  4. Qi, Blood, Body Fluids Theory

  5. Channel Theory

  6. Organ Theory

  7. Six Stages Theory

  8. Four Levels Theory

  9. Triple Burner Theory

  10. Etiology Theory like External / Internal or Miscellaneous Causes of

God Bless and Happy Studying


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