Kidney Yin Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Kidney Yin Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

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

Kidney Yin Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as abnormal body temperature, acrocyanosis, addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), aldosteronism (primary), ankylosing spondylitis, arrhythmia (palpitations), bedwetting, behcet's disease, bradykinesia, colon cancer, coma, constipation, deafness (hearing loss), dementia, depression, dermatitis, diabetes type ii, dysuria (painful urination), eczema, glaucoma, glomerulonephritis, hepato-cirrhosis, hypercortisolism, hyperlipidemia, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperthyroidism, infertility, liver cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), lung cancer, menopause (hot flashes), miscarriages, nephrotic syndrome, osteoporosis, pheochromocytoma, pyelonephritis, renal failure, spermatorrhea, stroke (cva), tinnitus, transient ischemic attack (tia), tremor, and/or tuberculosis.

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: Red w/no coat, may have horizontal cracks, red tip w/empty fire.
Pulse: Floating, empty, rapid.

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 yin 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 T4 (Sides of Spine at T4)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T4

        T4 innervates the breast and influences the sweat glands and hair follicles, important point for breast cancer in the tam healing system, excessive, irregular or lack of sweat, inability to control body temperature and many skin problems, …
  • View KD 1 (Gushing Spring)

        On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the junction of the anterior 1/3 and posterior 2/3 of line conn…

        Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV Fire - headaches, tinnitus, hypertension, epilepsy. Cooling KD empty heat - chronic sore throat, dry mouth, low back pain. Tonify KD/HT Yin - insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, po…
  • View KD 2 (Blazing Valley)

        Anterior and Inferior to the medial malleolus in a depression on the lower border of the tuberosity of the navicular bo…

        Generally useful for clearing excesses & acute presentations. Ying Spring Point - clears heat, especially KD empty heat - chronic sore throats, irritability, night sweats, thirst. Lower abdomen/sex organ/genital issues - Irregular me…
  • 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 5 (Water Spring)

        1 cun directly below KI 3 in a depression on the medial side of the tuberosity of the calcaneum.

        Generally nourishes Yin and Blood and moves the uterus. KD related menstrual issues, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea (pain/cramps), delayed menstruation, sensations of oppression below the heart (possibly at onset of menstruation). Uterine prol…
  • View KD 6 (Shining Sea)

        In a depression below the tip of the medial malleolus.

        Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty heat from yin deficiency. Other Yin Deficient throat related issues - swollen, dry, loss of voice, difficult swallowing. A range of menstrual issues such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infert…
  • View LU 7 (Broken Sequence)

        1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid process of the radius (not on the LU 5 - LU 9 line in TCM). Jap…

        Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing. Internal Wind - bell's palsy, twitching, spasms, lockjaw. As Master Point of the CV, paired with KD 6 of the Yin Qiao Mai - treats genitourinary and gynecol…
  • View LU 8 (Channel Ditch)

        1 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 & LU 9.

        Not as broad of an effect as LU 7, still useful for expelling wind, tonifying Qi and Yin. Pain in the area of KD 1 - plantar fascitis. Wrist pain - carpal tunnel syndrome. Main treatment point of Kidney Sho pattern (with LU 5 and KD 7) …
  • View SP 6 (Three Yin Intersection)

        3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on the posterior border of the tibia.

        Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive disorders, sinking/prolapse. Gynecological issues, male sexual issues, difficult labor (expel fetus). Menstrual issues (irregular, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea). Bleeding disorders, ute…
  • 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…

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