The ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine offers profound insights into the nourishment and balance of our bodies. Nourishing your kidney energy plays a fundamental role in your overall well-being. Nourishing your kidneys supports your foundational energy, including adrenal health, and helps bolster your resilience and vitality, especially during the winter months when your body needs extra warmth and sustenance.

In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are not only viewed as physical organs but also as a vital source of essential energy, known as “Qi,” that sustains life and vitality. The kidneys are considered the foundation of yin and yang energies within the body, regulating various functions such as reproduction, growth, and aging. When the kidney energy is strong and balanced, it promotes resilience, vitality, and longevity.

Today, I’d like to share a delicious black sesame and walnut bliss ball recipe and explore how these treats can harmonize and support your kidney energy.

Food as medicine

Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fibres, vitamins and minerals.

In Chinese medicine, black sesame seeds are are valued for their ability to nourish the kidneys, strengthen bones, and promote blood circulation. They are believed to tonify the kidney and liver energies, replenishing essence (Jing) and blood. Essence, often referred to as the body’s “vital substance,” is closely associated with the kidneys and is considered crucial for overall health and longevity.

Walnuts are another ingredient used in Chinese medicine for nourishing the kidneys. They are renowned for their ability to support brain health, strengthen the lower back, and replenish vital energy. Walnuts are valued for their warming nature, which helps to tonify the kidney energy and dispel coldness from the body. Coldness in the kidneys is often associated with symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and reproductive imbalances. By incorporating walnuts into our diet, we can foster warmth and vitality within the body, promoting balance and resilience.

When combined in the form of bliss balls, black sesame and walnuts blend beautifully to create a nourishing and energetically balanced treat. The addition of fresh dates, honey, and warming spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and dried ginger further enhances the warming and therapeutic properties of these bliss balls, creating a delicious fusion of flavors and textures.

Recipe: Black Sesame and Walnut Bliss Balls


  • 1 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 8 fresh dates (remove pit)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger


  1. In a food processor, combine black sesame seeds, walnuts, fresh dates, honey, cinnamon, cardamom, and dried ginger.
  2. Pulse the ingredients until they form a thick, sticky mixture.
  3. Scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll them into bite-sized balls.
  4. Place the bliss balls on a tray lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Once firm, serve at room temperature and enjoy the nourishing goodness of these black sesame and walnut bliss balls!


Incorporating black sesame and walnut bliss balls into your diet not only delights your taste buds but also nurtures your body, mind, and spirit from a Chinese medicine perspective. By honoring the wisdom of ancient healing traditions, you can cultivate balance, vitality, and harmony within, one bliss ball at a time. Embrace this natural approach to wellness and enjoy the benefits it brings.

If you feel you need support with your foundational energy, adrenals, or overall well-being, consider booking an acupuncture treatment to further enhance your health and vitality.

Your feedback and questions are always welcome so please leave a comment below.

For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Tania Grasseschi (Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Qigong and Wholefood counselling). Tania is an AHPRA registered practitioner of Chinese Medicine located in Katoomba, NSW and has spent 6 years lecturing at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Sydney campus.

The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only, and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you are seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. Remember that you are responsible for your own health and safety at all times.