Theory

Diagnostic Information and Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment of Kidney Yin Deficiency


Kidney Yin Deficiency - Basics

Dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, sore back, constipation, may also have empty heat signs, mallor flush, night sweats, heat in the 5 palms, insomnia, dry throat.

Red w/no coat, may have horizontal cracks, red tip w/empty fire.

Floating, empty, rapid.


Kidney Yin Deficiency - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (10) acupuncture points may be useful for kidney yin 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 Yin Deficiency - Formulas From Our Store

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


Kidney Yin Deficiency - Questions

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Kidney Yin Deficiency - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for kidney yin deficiency. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (18) TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Kidney Yin Deficiency

Bai He Gu Jin Wan

  • Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal
    • General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, heat in the soles and palms, and flusing.
    • Cough/wheezing, possible blood in the sputum, dry and sore throat may present from lung yin and qi deficiency.
    • Useful for treating people who quit smoking or those with acute smoke exposure.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Da Bu Yin Wan

  • Great Tonify the Yin Pill
    • Steaming bone syndrome - sensation of intense heat, malar flushing, spontaneous sweating.
    • Palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, from kidney/heart yin deficiency.
    • Tinnitus, possible vertigo, irritability, restlessness from liver fire rising.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
  • Do not use if patient presents with flu or cold symptoms.

Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

  • Deafness Left Supporting Pills
    • Ringing in the ears/tinnitus.
    • Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss.
    • Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Er Xian Tang Wan

Geng Nian An Wan

  • Peaceful Menopause
    • Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, restlessness and anxiety as a result of yin deficiency.  
    • Can be used for other yin deficient symtpoms such as tinnitus, dry skin, and lightheadedness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Do not use if patient presents with true heat or exterior heat.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

  • Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia
    • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
    • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritibility.
    • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Ma Zi Ren Wan

Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

  • Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes
    • Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes as a result of the liver yin failing to nourish the eyes and kidney yin failing to brighten the vision.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Qi Ju Di Huang Wan

  • Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills
    • Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night sweats, hot flashes, heat in the soles and dryness.
    • Blurry vision, possibly with dry eyes.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Qian Lie Shu Wan

  • Prostate Comfort Pills
    • Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. 
    • Treats Lin Syndrome conditions.
  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Kidneys
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution if patient presents with UTI.

Qing Hao Bie Jia Wan

  • Artemisia Annua and Soft-Shelled Turtle Formula
  • Heat at night (nightsweats, sensation of heat) with a sensation of coolness in the early morning/upon waking, no effect on appetite.

    Pulse will be fine and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From Deficiency

Run Chang Wan

  • Lubricate the Intestines Pills
    • Constipation primarily from blood and/or yin deficiency patterns.  
    • Dryness of the skin, nails, and/or hair.
  • Drain Downward
  • Moisten the Intestines and Unblock the Bowels
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution if at all when breastfeeding as rhubarb may contribute to colic and/or diarrhea in infants.

Shou Wu Wan

Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan

  • Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart
    • Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes, flushing or sensation of heat in the palms due to deficiency heat.
    • Insomnia, poor memory, poor focus and concentration due to yin deficiency.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Yi Guan Jian Wan

  • Linking Decoction
    • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
    • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
    • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Yu Quan Wan

  • Jade Spring Pills
    • Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin deficiencies of the kidney and spleen most commonly seen in the advanced forms of diabetes type II - excessive thirst, excessive urination, strong hunger symptoms, weight loss.
    • Cloudy urine especially with detectable sweet scent.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

  • Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills
    • Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensation of heat possibly with flushing and tidal fever.
    • Dizziness, vertigo, tinnitis, anxiety and restlessness resulting from yin deficiency.
    • Dryness of the skin, mucus membranes, hard stools, dark or scanty urine.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients presenting with damp signs or spleen qi deficiency.

Zuo Gui Wan

  • Right Returning Pills
    • Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency.
    • Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Kidney Yin Deficiency - Conditions and Possibilities

The Chinese Medicine treatment of kidney yin 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 yin deficiency . Each condition is listed with other possible patterns to expand diagnostic possibilities.

ConditionsOther Possible Patterns
Addison's Disease (Adrenal Insufficiency)¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency 
Aldosteronism (Primary)¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Arrhythmia (Palpitations)¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Bedwetting¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Bladder Damp Heat ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Behcet's Disease¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency 
Colon Cancer¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Coma¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Shen Disturbance 
Constipation¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency 
Deafness (Hearing Loss)¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dementia¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Depression¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dermatitis¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang 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 Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dysuria (Painful Urination)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Eczema¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Glaucoma¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Glomerulonephritis¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Hepato-Cirrhosis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation 
Hypercortisolism¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Hyperlipidemia¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Blood Stagnation ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Hyperthyroidism¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Infertility¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Liver Cancer - Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Lung Cancer¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Menopause (Hot Flashes)¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Miscarriages¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Nephrotic Syndrome¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Osteoporosis¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Pheochromocytoma¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Pyelonephritis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat 
Renal Failure¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Spermatorrhea¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Stroke (CVA)¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Tinnitus¤ Liver Fire ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Tremor¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Tuberculosis¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 



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