According to new research, heart disease can trigger and speed up kidney disease and vice-versa.
That organs from unrelated systems can affect each other is puzzling to Western medicine, but it’s a basic idea in Chinese medicine. It sees the organs as forming a network in which each organ affects all the others in very specific ways. For example, when one organ is working harder than necessary (it is said to have excess energy), another organ becomes sluggish (deficient energy). If such a pattern persists, the diseased organ will eventually sicken another organ. This is why heart disease and kidney disease often go hand in hand.
The relationships between the organs are described by the Law of 5 elements.