3 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day!

By Jennifer Dubowsky
Jennifer Dubowsky
Jennifer Dubowsky
February 5, 2017 Updated: February 5, 2017

Valentine’s Day is coming soon! Flower vendors, candy manufacturers and jewelry stores are all bombarding us with ideas about ways to show our love.

In Chinese Medicine, one way to insure a good love life is to have plentiful kidney qi. For thousands of years, the Chinese medical practitioners have known that an abundance of kidney qi is essential to having a strong libido. Kidney qi is also key to vibrant health, illness prevention, more energy, better sleep and a longer life. Pretty terrific huh? 

3 Great Ways to Boost Your Kidney Qi

Cherry hand pies (Teri Virbickis/Shutterstock)
Cherry hand pies (Teri Virbickis/Shutterstock)

1. Eat foods that nourish your kidneys – 

  • Goji berries (Gou Qi Zi),
  • Raspberries,
  • Cherries.
  • Green onions,
  • Black beans,
  • Kidney beans,
  • Shrimp,
  • Lamb,
  • Sweet potatoes,
  • Herbs such as basil, fennel, garlic, and ginger; and
  • Walnuts.

2. Take Cordyceps –  In the high mountains of China, Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars and is considered highly prized for its medicinal properties. Fortunately, this unique material has become more readily available as a result of modern cultivation.


Cordyceps builds your kidney qi (both kidney yang and yin) over time and can increase energy and stamina. It is also used for improving liver function, strengthening your immune system, and enhancing athletic performance. It is used to treat coughs, bronchitis, weakness and fatigue. Do not use Cordyceps if you have a fever or an autoimmune disorder. As with any herbal medicine, it is always best to see a professional with questions and concerns.

3. Show yourself or your loved one some appreciation with an acupuncture treatment – Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are wonderful for strengthening your Kidney Qi and help you to feel your best.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at www.tcm007.com.