Theory

Diagnostic Information and Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment of Kidney Yang Deficiency


Kidney Yang Deficiency - Basics

Sore a/or weak back/knees, sensation of cold, aversion to cold, weak lower limbs, lassitude, clear copious urine, poor appetite, loose stools, edema (which can be severe).

Pale, swollen, wet possibly a white coat with strong water signs.

Deep, weak possibly slow with strong water signs.


Kidney Yang Deficiency - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (5) acupuncture points may be useful for kidney yang deficiency. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




Kidney Yang Deficiency - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating kidney yang deficiency. For a complete list from our store with more details see our kidney yang deficiency formula section.


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The following (11) TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Kidney Yang Deficiency

Bi Xie Feng Qing Yin Wan

  • Dioscorea Formula To Separate The Clear
    • Generally for painful urination issues (gao lin) that arises from kidney yang deficiency.
    • With related kidney yang deficiency pattern - chronic urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, vaginal thrush.
    • Chronic prostatitis, particularly with white and cloudy urine.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases arising from bladder damp heat - ba zheng wan or san jin wan would likely be better.

Bu Yang Huan Wu Wan

  • Tonify Yang To Restore Five Tenths Decoction
    • Post-stroke recovery when stasis is from qi and yang deficiency - post-stroke symptoms, paralysis, atrophy of the limbs, drooling, slurred speech, etc. 
    • Other potential uses with the correct underlying diagnosis in any blood stasis patients - MS, reynauds, ALS, etc.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid in pregnancy.  See staff clinician notes for more details on proper usage.

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

  • Solitary Hermit Teapills
    • For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver and kidney deficiency.
    • For lower back pain often with weakness and/or pain in the knees.
    • For arthritis, especially the type affected by cold/damp weather.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Do not use with patients that present with damp heat or excess heat.

Er Xian Tang Wan

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

  • Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet
    • Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.
  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Avoid during a cold or flu, use nothing, or yin qiao / gan mao ling instead.
    • Avoid with patients that present with yin deficiency.

Nuan Gong Yun Zi Wan

  • Warm Uterus & Conception Pills
    • Infertility, history of miscarriage due to blood deficiency and/or cold in the lower jiao from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation.
    • Lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, uterine and/or ovarian pain.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Warm the Menses and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for pregnancy.

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

  • Nourish Qi & Blood Pills
    • Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold.
    • Low appetite, bloating, borborygmus, loose bowels.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo.
    • Insomnia, night sweats, vivid dreams, nightmares.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan

  • Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi
    • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
    • Anemia.
    • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
    • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
    • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
    • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
    • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
    • Lung cancer.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

Si Ni Tang Wan

  • Frigid Extremities Formula
    • Aversion to cold, very cold limbs, sensations of deep cold, fatigue, lethary resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Diarrhea with undigested food, vomiting, abdominal pain.
  • Warm Interior Cold
  • Rescue Devastated Yang

Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan

  • Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward
  • Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such as wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath (particularly difficulty inhaling), chest oppression.  Possibly signs of kidney qi/yang deficiency such as edema, weak low back and/or legs, fatigue.

    The Tongue will have a white coating that can be either greasy or slippery.

  • Regulate the Qi
  • Direct Rebellious Qi Downward

You Gui Wan

  • Restore the Right Kidney Pill
    • Cold extremities, fatigue, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, loose stools - due to kindney yang deficiency.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo, low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology.
    • Incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), enlarged prostate.
  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with damp signs.

Kidney Yang Deficiency - Conditions and Possibilities

The Chinese Medicine treatment of kidney yang deficiency generally involves being certain that this pattern is the proper diagnosis. Each pattern may have multiple conditions and each condition may arise from one or more patterns (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following 38 conditions may arise from kidney yang deficiency . Each condition is listed with other possible patterns to expand diagnostic possibilities.

ConditionsOther Possible Patterns
Abnormal Body Temperature¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Fire 
Acromegaly¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Addison's Disease (Adrenal Insufficiency)¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency 
Arrhythmia (Palpitations)¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Behcet's Disease¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Bronchitis¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency 
Colon Cancer¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Coma¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Shen Disturbance 
Congestive Heart Failure¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dermatitis¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Diabetes Type II¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Diarrhea¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 
Dysuria (Painful Urination)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Eczema¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Edema¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp 
Gonorrhea¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Bladder Damp Heat 
Gout¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Cold Stagnation 
Hepato-Cirrhosis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation 
Hypercortisolism¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Hyperlipidemia¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Blood Stagnation ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking 
Hypothyroidism¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency 
Infertility¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Large Intestine Dryness ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Large Intestine Cold 
Menopause (Hot Flashes)¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Miscarriages¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Myasthenia Gravis¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Nephrotic Syndrome¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Osteoporosis¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Pheochromocytoma¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Prostatitis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat 
Renal Failure¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Sciatica¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency 
Scleroderma¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Spermatorrhea¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Blood Deficiency ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Ulcerative Colitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Blood Stagnation 



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