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In Chinese Medicine, neurasthenia is sometimes associated with Kidney Yang Deficiency, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.
To understand whether someone's neurasthenia might be caused by the pattern Kidney Yang Deficiency, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from neurasthenia alone. Indeed if neurasthenia is caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency, patients also experience symptoms such as soreness and weakness in the lower back, cold in the lower extremities, impotence and spermatorrhea.
We've listed below a more detailed description of Kidney Yang Deficiency so that you can have a better understanding of where neurasthenia might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.
Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below two formulas that can help treat Kidney Yang Deficiency.
The Kidneys is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Kidneys in Chinese Medicine
Recommended herbal formula: Ba Wei Di Huang Wan
Symptoms: Asthma Dysuria Coughing Impotence Spermatorrhea Frequent urination Persistent diarrhea Prostatic hypertrophy Spasms of the lower abdomen Cold in the lower extremities Soreness and weakness in the lower back
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Yang. Warms the Kidneys and lower extremities.
Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Kidney Yang Deficiency, a pattern sometimes associated with neurasthenia. If it looks like you might suffer from Kidney Yang Deficiency, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Rectifies relationship between Yin and Yang. Harmonizes Heart and Kidney. Stabilizes and secures Essence.
Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat , a pattern sometimes associated with neurasthenia. If it looks like you might suffer from , this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).