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.

The primary diagnostic signs for kidney qi deficiency involve

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

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "kidney qi deficiency" and other patterns the individual may be presenting with. Issues may arise from other layered patterns and/or from other issues. Treatment approaches are 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.

Additionally, any of the above conditions may be involved with other patterns. Hence the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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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:

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    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:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at L2 (Sides of Spine at L2)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    L2 innervates and influences the kidneys and kidney system …
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  • KD 3 (Great Ravine)
    In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolu…
    Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. …
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  • KD 22 (Corridor Walk)
    In the 5th ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 16.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 27 (Shu Mansion)
    In a depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun …
    Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constricted breathi…
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  • LI 15 (Shoulder Bone)
    Anterior and inferior to the acromion in a depression found…
    Shoulder Disorders, rotator cuff injuries, adhesive capsuli…
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  • SP 8 (Earth's Crux)
    3 cun below SP 9 on line connecting SP 9 and the tip of the…
    Xi Cleft Point - acute and painful menstrual issues due to …
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  • UB 23 (Kidney Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 4, level with L2.
    For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicin…
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  • UB 32 (Second Bone Hole)
    On the sacrum medial and inferior to the PSIS, level with t…
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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  • UB 33 (Central Bone Hole)
    On the sacrum medial and inferior to UB 32, level with the …
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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