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The season of Winter belongs to the cardinal direction of the North. Wintertime has traditionally been associated with hibernation and restoration. Imagine a nice cozy and dimly lit cabin nestled in the midst of a pine forest. A fireplace generates a steady radiation of comforting heat for the people gathered around it. This environment is providing protection from the world outside. Out there it is cold and snowing. In winter, the world is utterly still. The people in the room are quiet and content. Perhaps they are reading or tinkering away at a project of sorts. Someone might be playing music. They gather for warm meals that have been cooked slowly over long periods of time. Stew and porridge come to mind. After enjoying their meal the family might play a board game or tell stories to each other. Everyone is wearing sweaters or bundled up in blankets and they feel safe together. There is a sense of nurturing and deep peace permeating this space. There is no fear, nor can it be felt. Just a nice cozy gathering of happy people.

Sound like the old world? Maybe so for those who only turn their gaze outwards. We live in a modern world which dictates the benefits of year round summertime activities. We may respond to this idea by dressing and eating as if it is summer, but the internal environment of our bodies is still searching for its winter time retreat. It is Nature's way. Chinese herbal medicine adheres to this traditional perspective because it follows the Laws of Nature. In Winter, our internal organs need the same environment as described above. Protection from the cold (Yin) and preservation of warmth (Yang). These are images conjured up when we contemplate the Kidneys and their function in Chinese medical thought. 

The Kidneys belong to the element of Water and its corresponding season is Winter. The Kidneys also correspond to the 1st & 2nd Chakra systems, the roots. During the winter season, the Kidneys and Adrenals are the primary focus in holistic health care. The kidneys rely on us to give them sufficient time to hibernate, rest and recharge in order to prepare for the year ahead. Just like bears hibernating, the Kidneys need cozy time with family in a fearless environment to provide strength and courage when Spring arrives. Spring heralds the time when we venture back out into the world.The cozy living room scene is a critical period. In spring, our bodies depend on the energy supply that was restored in the kidneys during those winter months.  That energy reserve is what we will draw from as we project ourselves into the world during  spring and summer. If we want our lives to be like healthy plants emerging with beautiful flowers in spring, then we must conserve our energy in winter.

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One way to do this is to add herbs that work alongside this theory to your daily nutritional regimen. Our formula WanTon® was written for the support and preservation of Kidney energy. WanTon® strengthens and harmonizes the Kidneys which are held as the root of life in Chinese medical thought. This formula provides the center of your being with the ingredients necessary to emulate the feeling of being safe and warm with loved ones in that sweet cabin while winter prevails. Each dose is like a drop from the Fountain of Life. We recommend that everyone enjoy winter in this manner. Spring will be here soon.


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