Water is the Element of winter and is associated with the emotion of fear. In Chinese medicine the Water Element relates to the kidneys and the bladder. These organs regulate the fluids in our bodies, contain our reserves of energy, and store our ‘jing,’ which is our inherited qi, or the energy passed to us by our ancestors.
The kidneys are considered a powerhouse of energy that drives all of the activity of our body-mind and spirit. This is the storehouse of our vital essence. When the kidneys are depleted, our storehouse supplies run low and we can feel fatigue, lethargy, and a lack of vitality. This is the most yin or inward energy of the year.