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.

The primary diagnostic signs for kidney yin deficiency involve

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

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "kidney yin 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 yin 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 T4 (Sides of Spine at T4)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T4 innervates the breast and influences the sweat glands an…
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  • KD 1 (Gushing Spring)
    On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the…
    Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV…
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  • KD 2 (Blazing Valley)
    Anterior and Inferior to the medial malleolus in a depressi…
    Generally useful for clearing excesses & acute presenta…
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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 5 (Water Spring)
    1 cun directly below KI 3 in a depression on the medial sid…
    Generally nourishes Yin and Blood and moves the uterus. KD…
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  • KD 6 (Shining Sea)
    In a depression below the tip of the medial malleolus.
    Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty heat from y…
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  • LU 7 (Broken Sequence)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid pro…
    Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scrat…
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  • 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 expelli…
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  • SP 6 (Three Yin Intersection)
    3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on th…
    Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive diso…
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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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