Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

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Related conditions: Menopausal syndrome

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Anxiety Tinnitus Insomnia Dizziness Dry mouth and twelve other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Empty (Xu), Fine (Xi), Floating (Fu)

Tongue color: Red

Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys gives rise to such diverse symptoms as dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia and palpitations (as well as thirteen others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as menopausal syndrome.

Diagnosing Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

The Heart is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Heart in Chinese Medicine

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys might experience symptoms like dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia and palpitations (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 1119 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system).

Formula summary

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1119 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.

Besides Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is also used to treat Blood Deficiency or Yin Deficiency.

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Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Source date: 16th century

Number of ingredients: 14 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic: Nourishes Yin, Blood and Vital Essence of the Heart and Kidney. Clears away pathogenic Heat, clears Deficient Heat. Sedative.

Formula summary

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan is a 14-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 16th century, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish the Heart and calm the Mind.

Besides Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys, Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan is also used to treat Heart Yin Deficiency or Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency.

Read more about Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Special highlight: the link between menopausal syndrome and Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) is the key herb for Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, a formula used for menopausal syndrome caused by Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

This pattern is sometimes not listed as a separate pattern under menopausal syndrome by many TCM gynecology books, because it is another variation of Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Heart Heat

Emotional stress is one of the most critical reasons leading to menopausal syndrome, especially when the high level of stress lasts for a long period of time. The situation is made worse if the patient also overworks and is exhausted as a result. Worry, fear and anxiety harm the Kidneys and result in...Read more about menopausal syndrome

Most important herbs used to treat Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys