Kidney Yang Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Kidney Yang Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

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

Kidney Yang Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as abnormal body temperature, acromegaly, addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), arrhythmia (palpitations), behcet's disease, bronchitis, colon cancer, coma, congestive heart failure, dermatitis, diabetes type ii, diarrhea, dysuria (painful urination), eczema, edema, gonorrhea, gout, hepato-cirrhosis, hypercortisolism, hyperlipidemia, hypotension (low blood pressure), hypothyroidism, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), menopause (hot flashes), miscarriages, myasthenia gravis, nephrotic syndrome, osteoporosis, pheochromocytoma, prostatitis, renal failure, rheumatoid arthritis (ra), sciatica, scleroderma, spermatorrhea, systemic lupus erythematosus (sle), and/or ulcerative colitis.

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, swollen, wet possibly a white coat with strong water signs.
Pulse: Deep, weak possibly slow with strong water signs.

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 yang 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 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 7 (Recover Flow)

        2 cun above KD 3 on the anterior border of the achilles tendon.

        Tonifies KD Yang, especially with respect to water regulation - sweating (too much or too little, spontaneous), swellings, urinary issues. Oedema, especially chronic effecting the abdomen a/or lower legs. Five types of Lin Disorder - res…
  • 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 29 (Central Backbone Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to the GV line, level with the 3rd PSF.

        Generally a local point for back pain and/or stiffness, hernia. Warms the kidney yang - wasting and thirsting, lack of sweating.
  • View UB 30 (White Ring Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to the GV line, level with the 4th PSF.

        Local point for low back, sacrum, tailbone and/or hip pain.  Also used for hernia. Secondary point for kidney related gynecological disorders: menstrual problems, leukorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis.

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