The Kidney Wrap: Prepare Your Body For Winter

Have you ever heard of a kidney wrap? It’s a simple but powerful technique to take care of your body during the winter months.

It soothes the adrenals and ensures your body will be ready to have a fabulous spring. This amazing health technique used to be well known by folks who lived in cold climates, and you’ll recognize the truth of it when looking at the fashions people wore in old photos.

Learn how to protect your own body with a kidney wrap in this video featuring Doug Simons (the master herbalist who teaches “Treating Infections Without Antibiotics”).



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(This is an updated version of an article originally published in October 2013.) 

Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic. She is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs and a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is the author of several books, but is best-known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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  • Emily says:

    This is great! I’ve done this on my own not having ANY idea that it was a technique for the kidneys. I did feel very warm and comforted from it, and thought it was just an odd thing that I enjoyed.

    Thanks for this great knowledge.

  • G! says:

    This makes perfect sense. I have read about keeping the kidneys warm before, but have forgotten about it! I have found that I fall asleep easier and better if I take a hot shower and concentrate the water…on my back/kidneys! Or a hot water bottle…on my back/kidneys! as well as core warmth. It is very comforting to have a pillow supporting…my back/kidneys when laying on my side. My children, when babies, loved to have their back supported when on their side. Or sleeping with one or two sweaters (together) to cover by back/kidney area. Having forgotten the information I once read, I now realize that I was doing these things for kidney comfort! I will get an alpaca or natural fiber scarf for sure!

  • Stephanie W. says:

    Thank you for sharing this simple but effective tip!

  • Cindy says:

    Any suggestions on where to find a suitable wool kidney wrap?

    1. Marjory says:

      Hmmm, I guess I was lucky to find that source. Uh, EBay? Amazon.com? Or better yet, any local people in the weaving arts?

  • Christi says:

    Very interesting and good to know! Where does one find such a kidney wrap??

    Many thanks!

    1. Marjory says:

      Any good scarf will work. As Doug suggests, a natural fiber will be best. But use what you have!

    2. sandy says:

      JC Penny’s was selling their wool Pashima’s (I think that’s the spelling) on sale just a week or so ago. It’s after Xmas now, so many will be on sale. Scarves r the big trend in fashion this year, so it’s easy to find them in women’s accessories in most large department stores. Check for the fabric content, like he said, wool, alpaca, llama, even cotton or linen would do, just not as warm. Good luck!

  • Chris says:

    This is off topic for this article but time has not been my friend recently and I missed your article on getting off sugar. Just a quick thought – has anyone recommended you supplement with Chromium? I’m not an herbalist but I’ve heard or read that your body will crave sugar if it’s deficient in Chromium – which you’ll usually find as Chromium Picolinate.
    All the best in your endeavor….

    1. Marjory says:

      Hi Chris,

      I am still looking into supplements. I’ll be posting an article on the full ‘sugar no more’ plan next Tuesday.

    2. Mike says:

      Chromium Polynicotinate is much more effective than picolinate. Most people with hypoglycemia and type II diabetes can reverse these conditions taking this product daily. A capsule of cinnamon will also be of great help in speeding up the healing. I speak from personal experience in my healing as well as helping many others reverse these conditions over the years.

  • Carroll the Irishman says:

    Marjory
    I enjoy your video’s but, may I make a suggestion. Turn UP your audio. It would be great to hear you WITHOUT earphones. I’m a bit hard of hearing but, the tone of your voice makes it difficult to hear you while I can hear other people pretty clear that you have on. It’s due to my time in the military. Ears are blown out. Hope this will reach you and “Thanks” for your info.

    1. Marjory says:

      Huh, OK, I’ll check the sound on future vids.

      Thanks

  • Rhonda Pratt says:

    Wonderful to know! I live in Alaska, and some times before the car warms up I get chilled to the bone (or maybe kidneys) I will absolutely try this this winter. Thanks for all of the wonderful information!

  • Cindy says:

    I think our grandparents used to do this. thanks for the reminder. Especially good for people who have to work out in the cold.

  • joyce frankel says:

    I passed by a video on youtube the other day about “A Japanese Nudest Camp.” (Didn’t know there was any such thing) Well, guess what the only article of clothing they were wearing? LOL, a kidney wrap!!

    1. Marjory says:

      Ha Ha Ha Joyce, if you find that video please post the link!

  • Gale says:

    I love your videos. The volume is way too low. I had to turn up the volume all the way on m computer and strain to hear it. Thanks

  • Selene says:

    I’m waking up more refreshed by doing this. I must be getting better sleep. I’m going see if this works with my husbank.

  • selene says:

    I am waking up more refreshed with this wrap. I must be getting better sleep.

  • Sharon says:

    Thanks you so much!
    My husband and I got a miserable back ache about the same time. It’s been days of awful pain and difficult functioning.
    We have been hauling warm water to animals and it’s been below zero so I thought that was all there was to it.
    Then I remembered your kidney wrap video!
    We had all ready been to our chiropractor who usually does an awesome job but not this time.
    I put a wrap on and within 24 hours I was much better and now it’s been 48 and I can function normally!
    Thank you sooo much!
    Sure appreciate all you do.
    Sharon

    1. Marjory says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I’ve got mine on right now – and yes, isn’t it wonderful how simple medicine can be so powerful?

  • june says:

    I wore one today. The weather here wasn’t as cold as it has been the last week so I’m not sure it was that but I was warm. I hope this really works like they say because I am outside a lot on some days even though the weather is really cold! Thanks

    1. Marjory says:

      Hi June, oh it works really well. I love my wrap. And my kidneys do too.

  • Linda Strang says:

    Why is it that when I type in http://www.chanchka.com I only get porn sites? I was expecting Doug Simons!!

    1. Marjory says:

      I just checked the link and it works fine for me. Try again?

  • Left Coast Chuck says:

    For centuries the Japanese have worn a garment called a “haramaki”. It was generally wool and was a simple tube that covered the stomach and back area. The Japanese believe that the stomach is the core of the body and if it is warm, the rest of the body is warm. I haven’t tried yet, but probably if you entered “haramaki” into google search you could come up with vendors. If there is a Japanese hardware or clothing store near you, they may have haramaki in stock or can direct you to where you can purchase it.

  • Left Coast Chuck says:

    After I wrote the above I went to google search and entered haramaki, selected haramaki belly wrap and found that there were 3,900 some entries. You can purchase them on line. Don’t be put off by the advertising that seems to indicate that they are mainly for pregnant women. In Japan, most of the outdoor workers wear them during the winter and sometimes that’s the only upper garment they wear in the summer. They also also favored by the yakuza who have a very strong emphasis on machismo. There are no “girly men” in a yakuza group.

  • stephanie says:

    I have always tied a long sleeve shirt or sweater around my waist in the winter. I always feel warmer and comfortable when I do, warmer than wearing the top, even with short sleeves. Doug is so correct!

  • Shelby says:

    It is interesting. Part of my body agrees with what you are saying, and I do this for a while before breakfast almost every day. It also reduces spinal compression. HOWEVER, this same thing, if I leave it on loosening it some (even a lot) gives me horrible indigestion. The same thing continues throughout the day, so I’ve been forced to stop except for my pre-breakfast walk/chores.

  • Victory says:

    Amazing! As far back as I can remember I have been doing this without realizing that I was actually using a kidney wrap. I wrap around a scarf when feeling any pain or discomfort and sometimes even without it as it is very helpful. This is the first time I got a name for that wrap around I use 🙂 Thank you for the explanation.

  • Paula says:

    Thanks for reminding me about this simple technique for health and adrenal well being.

  • Paula says:

    I found this organic cotton one. I now remember wearing one when pregnant for my 13 & 16 year old boys! http://www.haramakilove.com/products/womens-haramaki-belly-band-organic-natural?variant=948282763

  • Betsy says:

    This is exactly in line with what the Taoists teach. Yes, the kidneys need to be warm in the winter. It will make your low back feel stronger. I have been wearing a wrap to work and also when I am home anytime I get a chill and also to bed at night in the winter. Very comforting and strengthening. The kidneys are your “sparkplugs”. They help you get thru that long winter and any season for that matter. Treat them and your adrenal glands with kindness and they will support you in the long run!

  • . says:

    I have never hered of this before!!!!!

  • . says:

    very iteresting

  • Brenda says:

    Great idea! Almost like a form of swaddling for adults, grin!

  • ellen says:

    Very interesting I’ve never heard this before. I’m learning so much from the grow network.

  • Kim says:

    My father always told me to keep my kidneys warm when I was young (I’m 54 now). I experienced cold kidneys when I was 11, and never forgot his advice. I always make sure my middle is covered. So much more comfortable.

  • Leza says:

    Thanks for the reminder! My dad who grew up in Hungary always told me to keep my kidneys warm!

  • Patricia says:

    I have never heard of this, there is a lot of good information on this website! I will be trying this .
    Thanks

  • Daniel says:

    I learned this some years ago, while learning qigong. The teacher related a story about a teacher, in Japan, who practiced outdoors year round, and used this technique to keep warm. He told his students to do the same. I’ve used it yearly, since, and am grateful for knowing it, and using it. It is highly effective. The teacher didn’t talk about it being effective for the kidneys, but for holding in the heat from the body’s energy source, the dan tien, just below the navel. All I know is that it works.

  • Linda Adsit says:

    This is great information. I spend several hours working online every day and have gotten in the habit of leaning on a heating pad to warm my back. It’s the dead of winter and I have drafts in my house. So I had the principle in mind, but had no idea why it worked so well. Thank you for sharing this. And I see the Amazon link for a nice one I think I’ll order so I can keep my kidneys warm everywhere.

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