Anxiety is one of the worst feelings in the world. That sensation of worry and unease gets mixed in with the anticipation of a negative outcome about an event. Other times, it is simply the unknown creating a nightmare-like scenario. Even though there are times we know it is in our minds, the fact is a sizable portion may, in fact, be in our chemistry.
In Natural Medicine, each major organ not only has physiological functions associated with it, but they also have specific emotions. So when an organ is “weaker” or imbalanced in some form or fashion, the given emotion can come to the forefront. In other words, at times, we are at the mercy of our own chemistry.
Anxiety is considered a variation of fear. The organ that is responsible for fear (and courage) are the Kidneys. The kidneys are part of the urinary system. Their physiological purpose is to filter wastes from the blood and excrete them (along with water). When the organs are weaker than what they should be, problems such as low back pain, problems with the bones, knees, and ankles, hair, memory loss and yes, fear/anxiety come into play.
Please note that Natural Medicine is not nearly as cut and dry as standard care. Terms are used a little more freely and variations are commonplace. Thus, the use of “weakness” does not necessarily mean any time of (diagnosable) disease(s). It simply means that the organs should be stronger and when they are not, anxiety can result.
What weakens the kidneys? There are several factors:
- Hereditary weakness. Think genetics in this instance. Some people are unfortunately dealt a tough hand. There are substances and methods that can help but it is an uphill battle.
- Excessive sexual activity. Pretty self-explanatory.
- Chronic Illness(es). Those who suffer from any type of chronic illness(es) will invariably weaken the kidney energy.
- Overwork. Those who push it hard – 50-60 hours a week in the office for example – will find that the kidney energy will weaken over time, leading to many health and energy issues.
As mentioned, when the Kidney Energy weakens, anxiety is often expressed. A person is at the mercy of their chemistry. When this energy is weak, the anxiety will usually be experienced as vague or unknown and phrases such as “Nothing in particular happened. I just feel anxious.”
(It should be noted that this type of anxiety is different than an anxiety attack. From a Natural Health stand point, an anxiety attack is typically the result of a blood vessel being damaged from a trauma. Vitamin E taken on a regular basis can often alleviate the typical signs and symptoms of this type of anxiety.)
What Can Be Done?
The great news is that there is much hope for individuals suffering from anxiety. Correct the chemistry and most of the time, the “true” personality shows itself. The confident, happy, joyful person rises like the Phoenix, now that the body has strengthened and repaired itself.
One of the best and safest substance to use for long term anxiety, in particular, is called Fo-Ti. It is an inexpensive herb that can be found in most health stores. As mentioned, it is safe and strengthens the kidney energy, thus alleviating many (all?) of the signs and symptoms of anxiety.
Additionally, one can experience side-benefits of increased energy, improved skeletal health, alleviation of joint pains and other healthy-aging benefits. (It should be noted that I have treated 1000s of patients and have never seen a negative reaction from this particular substance.)
The kidneys by nature like to be kept warm. Therefore, herbs such as ginger and cinnamon are very nourishing and healthy for them. Keeping ice cold drinks and cold foods lower in volume is also recommended.
Life can be challenging enough without compounding it by having to deal with issues such as anxiety. Fortunately, with some effort and time, the body in its infinite wisdom, can heal and correct itself. When it does, such negative feelings have a tendency to dissipate. Courage, anxiety (and fear) counterpart will make its way into your life. Watch the real changes then!