Kidney Yang Deficiency in Chinese Traditional Medicine

Kidney yang, also called primordial yang, is the basis of the yang qi of the entire body. It heats and encourages the functions of the organs and tissues as well.

In accordance with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the kidneys are the source of a small number of main substances in the body. We possess the “Yin” or body fluids and cooling mechanisms and also the “Yang” or metabolic heat. This circumstance can escalate to a lack of marrow in the head which ascends to a dull empty headache that is provoked by fatigue if the Kidney Yin or Yang is deficient. Although strange, but it is true.

Some of the symptoms of kidney yang deficiency, according to TCM, are repeated urination, difficulty urinating, and edema, symptoms that necessitate medical attention.

Sweating for no reason is other symptoms of kidney yang deficiency. This is because of the lack of energy in the body not being able to appropriately unlock and lock the pores of the skin. It is no problem to sweat while you’re anxious or hot. But you might suffer a Kidney Yang deficiency if you’re sweating for no good reason.

Not everybody with kidney yang deficiency lives through these symptoms. In TCM, the kidneys possess a broader function than the kidneys in Western physiology.

You’re also might be cold constantly if you’re deficient in Yang. Generally, when we consider a typical Yang deficiency, we deem in terms of the functions of the Kidneys because, in accordance with Chinese medicine, they are supposed as the source of Yang in the body.

Presentations of kidney yang deficiency comprise: soreness or cold sensation in the knees and lumbar regions, aversion to cold, cold limbs, spiritual fatigue, difficult in urination, enuresis, incontinence, declining libido, or impotence in severe cases; female sterility, and general edema may also appear. The pulse is fine or fine and deep; the tongue is bulky, moist, and covered with white fur. Kidney yang deficiency syndrome generates signs of yang vacuity internal cold constantly.

Kidney yang deficiency and kidney qi deficiency stand for numerous stages of a process. Inappropriate management of kidney qi deficiency causes kidney yang deficiency; on the contrary, appropriate management of kidney yang deficiency causes less acute symptoms of a kidney qi deficiency and subsequently gradual improvement to the normal condition.

A lot of diseases can be caused by imbalance of kidney yin and kidney yang. This imbalance also can influence the entire organs of the body. It should be first determined whether there is a deficiency of yin or yang, for accurate diagnosis of a condition, before identifying the organs concerned. The effectives of treatment can be stimulated by cautious diagnosis.

Traditional Medicine Fails Those With Fibromyalgia

With so many different symptoms, it’s no surprise that fibromyalgia and CFS patients are typically taking 6-12 different prescription drugs. Lyrica, Elavil, Klonopin, Paxil, Effexor, Xanax, Trazadone, Neurontin, Zanaflex, Ambien, Lunesta, Cymbalta, and Provigil have all been heralded as “the drug” for fibromyalgia. Some of these are helpful, some worthless, and some really dangerous.

Drug management alone typically fails to yield lasting relief from the most common fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms, and patients’ and doctors’ optimism over a new drug treatment eventually gives way to this sad reality. Oh well, a new drug with an even larger marketing budget is on the horizon. (Forgive my cynicism. I’ve just seen this situation so many times!)

Many of the most commonly prescribed drugs for fibromyalgia have side effects that are similar or identical to the symptoms of FMS and CFS. These similarities can cause a lot of confusion when doctors are trying to determine the effectiveness of treatment. Ambien, for instance, can cause flu-like symptoms, achy muscle pain, sore throat, and fatigue. Sounds like CFS, doesn’t it?

Tranquilizers are often prescribed for restless leg syndrome; achy, tight muscles; and sleep problems. But these drugs deplete the sleep hormone melatonin, which then leads to a disruption of a person’s circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle). Instead of promoting deep restorative sleep, these drugs prevent it!
It’s important to realize that your drug or drugs may be causing or contributing to some or all of your symptoms. I spend a great deal of time with my new patients reviewing and discussing their current drugs-how they interact with each other, and the potential side effects.

I often find that by asking the right question, I can help the patient realize that her symptoms began or worsened soon after the drug treatment began.
Sometimes, though, I do find drug-induced symptoms that began months after the start of the drug treatment. Drugs deplete essential nutrients that the body needs to properly function, but it can take weeks, months, or even years for the drug to fully deplete the nutrient and for you to see the side effects surface.

Still, not everyone can be drug free, and most of my patients are on at least one prescription medication. But the least offensive drug should be used-sparingly-and only to manage symptoms unresponsive to more natural therapies.

A study conducted by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research demonstrates the need for FMS and CFS treatment beyond drug therapy.

Thirty-nine patients with FMS were interviewed about their symptoms. Twenty-nine were interviewed again 10 years later. Of these 29 (mean age 55 at second interview), all had persistence of the same FMS symptoms. Moderate to severe pain or stiffness was reported in 55% of patients, moderate to a great deal of sleep difficulty was noted in 48%, and moderate to extreme fatigue was noted in 59%. These symptoms showed little change from earlier surveys. The surprising finding was that 79% of the patients were still taking medications to control symptoms. We can conclude that the medications weren’t making a significant impact.

Traditional Doctors Are Often Opposed To Natural Medicine
I find that people in general are usually down on what their not up on.

Many conventional doctors are quick to ridicule nutritional
therapies, even though these therapies have consistently shown themselves effective in treating fibromyalgia. This prejudice just doesn’t make sense.

The usual accusation is that “there are no controlled studies….”

But actually, there are numerous studies that validate the use of nutritional supplements to manage and often correct the symptoms of poor health. There are over 1,000 studies demonstrating the positive effects of various supplements and foods in the treatment of hypertension alone. And hundreds of studies demonstrate magnesium’s benefits in treating high blood pressure, angina, heart arrhythmias, chronic pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and fatigue.

Dr. Janet Travell, White House physician for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine at George Washington University, co-wrote Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, which is acknowledged as the authoritative work on muscle pain. In one chapter alone, Dr. Travell references 317 studies showing that problems such as hormonal, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies can contribute to muscle pain and soreness.

And modern medicine itself, despite the millions of dollars spent to promote it’s superiority over other forms of health care, is largely an art-with a lot of unproven science. The Office of Technology Assessment, under the authority of the Library of Congress, published a year-long study entitled “Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technology.”

The study showed that only 10-20 percent of all present-day medical practice have been shown to be beneficial by scientific controlled clinical trials. The study concluded that the vast majority of medical procedures now being utilized routinely by physicians are “unproven.”

Or how about, “Nutritional supplements aren’t regulated and therefore are dangerous.” Too much might make you queasy, but no one dies from taking vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients! The same can’t be said about drug therapy.

The great physician Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “A medicine…is always directly hurtful; it may sometimes be indirectly beneficial. I firmly believe that if most of the pharmacopoeia [prescription drugs] were sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for Mankind and all the worse for the fishes.”
Prescription drug therapy attempts, for the most part, to cover-up symptoms. This approach does little to correct the underlying problem(s).

After seventeen years of specializing in treating and beating fibromyalgia I’ve learned that traditional medicine alone yields little if any long-term results.
The best hope for those with fibromyalgia is to find and work with a doctor who practices integrative medicine-combining judicious use of prescription drugs (short-term if possible) and natural therapies (vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients).
Combining prescription drugs (when needed) with natural supplements allows the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia to be corrected, not just covered-up.

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Treatment of Disorders in Traditional Medicine: Ageing III

Stress is one of the main factors that trigger and feed the functional disorders of the human system and the ageing processes. It is a proven fact that factors of extreme stress cause untimely death. For his own health and comfort, each man must make effort to avoid stress and to discover the joy of living.

In order to guard against premature ageing, one must avoid excess of coffee, narcotics, cigarettes, alcohol and medicine. Our living environment is also very important: the toxins from the environment and the foods we consume help speeding the degenerative processes, too.

In order to speed the regeneration of our body, we should get used to living in a healthy environment, with medicinal herbs that treat us and we should avoid any disorder in our body and in our thinking.

It is advisable to avoid allopathic medication, because this kind of remedy treats the symptoms and disguises our disorders for a short time. When the patient realizes the fact, the disbalance has affected almost the entire body and it may be too late to save anything.

Alcohol abuse wrecks our brain and body and our morality as persons as well; it predisposes to cirrhosis, gastritis, mental affections and hallucinations. The alcoholics go as far as giving up food for alcohol, developing episodes of delirium tremens, respectively fits of fainting with high risk of cerebral vascular accident and death. The alcoholic must become aware that alcohol is harmful to him, and not only to him but to his family, to his friends and to everybody around him as well.

Monitoring the behavior of the persons who gave up alcohol, it has been shown that they will develop other kinds of addictive behaviors: abuse of sweets, food and sex. The traditional medicine specialists can find an appropriate treatment for each patient who is in such a situation, when they have found out the reasons that made the patient fall in love with alcohol instead of falling in love with life and with the joy of living.

A proper treatment will balance such persons both physically and emotionally. The mixtures used in these cases are rich in chrome, zinc and magnesium.

The wrong approach in the treatment of alcohol addicts is to give the patient smaller amounts of alcohol for the rest of his life, in order to keep the phenomenon under control (namely in an anti-abuse system – considering that alcoholism is an incurable affection). Such be the case, the addiction cannot be cured. This method of treatment is inefficient and it ruins the patient’s health.

The traditional therapies balance the patient’s body; they also appease the need of alcohol, therefore the traditional treatment methods are efficient in eradicating alcoholism.

The traditional treatments are also efficient in the treatment of allergies. The allergic manifestations occur against the background of serious immune disorders. The immune deficiencies decrease the body’s resistance and weaken its guard against the allergens from the environment. Hundreds of people suffer from allergies in spring and in summer; they are affected by the blooming of flowers and by the micronic particles of pollen in the atmosphere. These particles are breathed into the body; they come in contact with the immune system, at the level of immunoglobulines; they take part in specific chemical reactions releasing histamine.

Histamine triggers the allergic reaction and the affected person starts developing symptoms such as: pruritis (itch), rhinorrhea, and rhinitis. Unless this type of allergy is treated, major disorders will develop in the body in time, disorders that create a favorable environment for other types of allergies, such as the alimentary ones. The food allergies may also be caused by alimentary excesses or by improperly cooked food. The allergies create the background for the onset of other affections. Should the immune disorders and the delicacy of the body be more pronounced in the area of the skin, then skin allergies will occur; should they be located in the area of the brain, then cerebral allergies will develop, with symptoms such as: chronic fatigue, epileptic seizures; concentration and memory disorders. In these situations, if the body is intoxicated with allergenic agents, – instead of nourishing the body, the blood will cause major disorders.

The acute allergic reactions, such as those caused by mold or by chemical compounds trigger complete disorder in the human body. The patient grows irascible; he is always hungry and thirsty; he has nervousness fits, hypersensitivity, rashes, diarrhea, etc. The pulse is quickened; instead of 70-78 beats per minute, there is an increased rate by 20-40 beats per minute higher than normal. In situations like that, each disorder will be recorded and monitored; the triggering factor is identified and the patient will avoid to come in contact with it.

Each type of allergy has a specific clinical picture. However, in the respective picture certain symptoms prevail, depending on the affected system. For instance, in the case of the renal apparatus, the prevailing factor is chronic fatigue.

The allergies of the central nervous system are characterized by diminished concentration capacity, incoherent thinking, nervousness, headaches, aggressive behaviors, depression, emotional and behavioral instability, changes of mood, sudden switches from sadness to joy or to ecstasy followed by emotional breakdown, fits of dejection and pathological sadness, episodes of hallucination and delirium, etc. In the case of children, the allergies may develop as chronic fatigue, as well.

The correct treatment of allergies is vital for the recovery of health. It is a proven fact that in 90 percent of the cases, the schizophrenic behaviors are triggered by internal disorders caused by an allergic reaction to the ingested foods or chemical substances.

The skin allergies develop as erythema (redness of skin), depigmentation, dehydration and desquamation. Pulmonary allergies develop by suffocation and want of air. They may degenerate into asthma and asthmatic bronchitis. The symptoms of cardiovascular allergies are as follows: tachicardia, arrhythmia, erythema, palor, parestesia, red and purple hands; syncope and cardiorespiratory arrest. Gastric disorders cause xerostomia (dryness of mouth), borborygmus, aerocolia, hemorrhagic ulcer, lingual deposits, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, abdominal pain. Other disorders caused by allergies may develop at the level of the skeletal system, in the area of the auditive apparatus (tinnitus – ringing in the ear), and in the area of the renal apparatus as well (frequent and short mictions).

Irrespective of their location and intensity, all these manifestations can be ameliorated and treated by acupuncture techniques and by administration of certain medicinal herb mixtures with a proper formula and in a proper dosage. First of all, the traditional medicine specialist must see how deeply the body is affected and what he should do to restore the patient’s health.

Modern man lives in a society that encourages the consumption of synthetic products. Daily we use chemical products that are harmful to the human body.

When starting a traditional treatment, the patient will need to reveal both these aspects of his life and the particular features of his living style in the preliminary discussions with the physician, so that the physician should be able to correct the harmful habits and to improve the respective life style for the patient’s own benefit, but also so he should prevent major disorders, disorders that aid the degenerative processes and cause premature ageing or death.