Strong Kidneys strong willpower
Willpower is defined as control exerted to do something or restrain impulses. It seems that certain people demonstrate so much willpower and others seem almost void in that sense. For example, I see patients who quickly adjust to the suggestions I recommend to them others who cannot seem to make a change to save their life and then others who do not want to change, literally. When I see lack of willpower, I actually gain more insight on how to treat my patient.
In TICM, willpower is viewed similarly to a muscle, it can be trained. On the other hand, just like a muscle, willpower can be depleted. Over exerting self control over time can drain the muscle and cause collapse if not used properly.
What can you do if you are somebody who has difficulty with willpower? You can actually use TICM to help build your willpower capacity. In TICM, the word for will in Chinese is zhi and in Arabic iirada, and, is associated with the Kidney and the water element. Water is linked to the origin and beginnings of life, as are the Kidneys within us. The perfect will moves us toward our divine purpose in life and every day. If the energy of the Kidney system is strong, the will and willpower will also be strong.
Talk about this with your doctor and discuss the health of your Kidney organ system. Acupuncture helps this because the needles stimulate the energy of the Kidneys, thus increasing willpower. Things that deplete Kidney energy decreasing willpower are poor food, nutrition and eating habits, unhealthy habits, stress, over exertion, over work, environmental toxins, too much sex, pollution and burning the candle at both ends. Proper rest, warm foods, broths and self reflection is crucial.
Your doctor can also prescribe Kidney herbal formula’s to meet your individual willpower needs.