Kidney Qi Deficiency

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 肾气虚

Pinyin name: Shèn Qì Xū

Associated TCM concepts: Kidneys Qi Deficiency / Empty

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Tinnitus Dizziness Back pain Heavy periods Diminished hearing and three other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)

Tongue description: Slightly Pale

Kidney Qi Deficiency 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 Kidney Qi Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as diminished hearing, dizziness, tinnitus and back pain (as well as four others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Kidney Qi Deficiency patients tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses.

Diagnosing Kidney Qi Deficiency

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

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)

Tongue description: Slightly Pale

Possible symptoms: Tinnitus Dizziness Back pain Heavy periods Diminished hearing Frequent urination Urination at night Premature ejaculation

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 Kidney Qi Deficiency will tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Kidney Qi Deficiency might experience symptoms like diminished hearing, dizziness, tinnitus and back pain (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Kidney Qi Deficiency

Qing E Wan

Source date: 1107

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Warms and Reinforces Kidney Yang.

Formula summary

Qing E Wan is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1107, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm Yang and tonify.

Read more about Qing E Wan

Most important herbs used to treat Kidney Qi Deficiency