Kidney Qi Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Kidney Qi Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for kidney qi deficiency.

Kidney Qi Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as abnormal posture, addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), anemia, asthma, atherosclerosis, bone spur, bunion, dementia, diabetes type ii, dizziness (vertigo), emphysema, epilepsy (seizure), glomerulonephritis, gout, headache, hypothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome, osteoarthritis (oa), sciatica, scleroderma, uroschesis, and/or wheezing (dyspnea).

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

General TCM Diagnostic Signs

Tongue: Pale.
Pulse: Deep, weak possibly tight.

Treatment approaches are often akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To guide you towards treatment potentials, kidney qi deficiency is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

Related Acupuncture Points

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View EX Huatuojiaji at L2 (Sides of Spine at L2)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of L2

        L2 innervates and influences the kidneys and kidney system in Chinese Medicine terms, the seminal vesicles in men and the uterine tube in women.  The kidney system involves the thyroid, the sex hormones, the bone and bone marrow, according…
  • View KD 3 (Great Ravine)

        In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the attachment of the achilles tendon.

        Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. Asthma from KD Deficiency - difficulty inhaling. Tonifies Yin of KD (chronic sore throat, empty heat), LV (dizziness, tinnitus, headache) a/or HT (anxiety, insomnia, excessive dre…
  • View KD 22 (Corridor Walk)

        In the 5th ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 16.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing
  • View KD 27 (Shu Mansion)

        In a depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun lateral to the CV line.

        Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constricted breathing, cough, chest tightness. Tonify KD Deficiency leading to adrenal exhaustion - fatique, lowered immunity. Local point for neck a/or jaw issues - pain, tension
  • View LI 15 (Shoulder Bone)

        Anterior and inferior to the acromion in a depression found with the arm abducted.

        Shoulder Disorders, rotator cuff injuries, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder, any ROM issues. Seminal emission due to taxation.  
  • View SP 8 (Earth's Crux)

        3 cun below SP 9 on line connecting SP 9 and the tip of the medial malleolus.

        Xi Cleft Point - acute and painful menstrual issues due to Blood stagnation - clotting, fibroids, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation. Male infertility - seminal emission, depleted essence.
  • View UB 23 (Kidney Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 4, level with L2.

        For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicine perspective which effect the brain, bone, hair, teeth a/or hearing. Male deficiency related sexual problems: impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, sterility, exhausti…
  • View UB 32 (Second Bone Hole)

        On the sacrum medial and inferior to the PSIS, level with the 2nd PSF.

        UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these this point, UB 32, is most often used clinically.  Sc…
  • View UB 33 (Central Bone Hole)

        On the sacrum medial and inferior to UB 32, level with the 3rd PSF.

        UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these UB 32 is most often used clinically. In women may be…

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