Renal vascular disease encompasses a range of disorders affecting the blood vessels within the kidneys. This condition can lead to impaired blood flow to and from the kidneys, potentially causing high blood pressure (hypertension) and affecting kidney function.
Renal vascular disease often results from atherosclerosis, where the blood vessels become clogged with fatty deposits, or from fibromuscular dysplasia, which causes irregular growth in the renal artery walls. If left untreated, it can lead to kidney damage or failure, making early detection and management crucial.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a unique perspective on renal vascular disease, viewing it as a manifestation of imbalances within the body's natural systems. Unlike Western medicine, which primarily focuses on the physical aspects of blood vessel blockage, TCM considers this condition as a result of disharmony in vital energy (Qi), Yin and Yang imbalances, and Blood Stagnation.
TCM emphasizes the importance of identifying and rectifying these disharmonies, believing that restoring balance is key to treating the symptoms and underlying causes of renal vascular disease.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), renal vascular disease is primarily attributed to Deficiencies in Yin and Yang energies. This imbalance disrupts the body's harmony, particularly affecting the Kidneys.
Yin Deficiency can lead to inadequate fluid regulation and overheating, while Yang Deficiency often results in diminished vitality and poor blood circulation. Such imbalances contribute to renal health issues, playing a significant role in the onset of renal vascular disease. TCM emphasizes restoring the equilibrium of Yin and Yang to treat the condition effectively, focusing on enhancing overall bodily functions and kidney health.
To address renal vascular disease, TCM utilizes various formulas and herbs tailored to correct the identified imbalances. Er Xian Tang, which includes Curculigo Rhizomes (Xian Mao), is a commonly recommended formula.
It falls under the category of "Formulas that tonify Yin and Yang" and is particularly effective in targeting and treating Yang Deficiency in the Spleen, Kidney, and Liver. This approach aims not just to alleviate the symptoms but to address the root causes of disharmony, promoting overall organ health and restoring balance within the body’s systems.
See more details below about Er Xian Tang, a herbal formula used to address renal vascular disease.
Explore below some TCM herbs used to address renal vascular disease, organized by herb category.
Renal vascular disease can be treated by these herbs in situations of diminished Yang energy, aiming to warm and activate the body's functions.
Other herbs of this category are listed in the table below.