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Kidney and Liver Yin 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 and Liver Yin Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as soreness and weakness in the lower back, lightheadedness, vertigo and tinnitus (as well as twenty two others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a red tongue with partial absence of coating.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as vaginal itching, menopausal syndrome or absence of menstruation (as well as eighteen others).
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
Vaginal itching Menopausal syndrome Absence of menstruation Hypertension Perimenopausal syndrome Atherosclerosis Hyperthyroid Coronary artery disease Chronic glomerulonephritis Chronic nephritis Prostate diseases Urinary tract infection Renal tuberculosis Diabetes mellitus Diabetes insipidus Cataract Glaucoma Central retinopathy Optic nerve atrophy Optic neuritis Retarded growth in children
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi)
Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Tics Vertigo Fatigue Tinnitus Insomnia Dry eyes Dry skin Dizziness Dry mouth Sore back Headaches Amenorrhea Joint pain Dry vagina Hot flushes Night sweats Blurred vision Lightheadedness Lower back pain Diminished hearing Chronic sore throat Hot palms and soles Heat in vaginal and vulvar Feeling of heat in the afternoon Spontaneous and nocturnal emissions Soreness and weakness in the lower back
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 and Liver Yin Deficiency will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a red tongue with partial absence of coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency might experience symptoms like soreness and weakness in the lower back, lightheadedness, vertigo and tinnitus (full list here above).
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).
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.
Source date: 846 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.
Si Wu Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.
Source date: 1350 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin. Improves vision.
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1350 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.
Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency are some of the most common Yin Deficiency pattern. Blood is a Yin elements and Yin Deficiency dries the 'Sea of Blood' of the Penetrating Vessel. Therefore the menstruation ceases. This pattern is the result of overwork, chronic disease or giving birth to too many children too close together. It happens more amongst women who are over 30 years old, in contrast to the patterns of Kidney Essence and Liver Blood Deficiency which happens more to younger girls.
Typical symptoms for menopausal syndrome caused by Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency: Tics Tinnitus Dry eyes Dry skin Dizziness Sore back Headaches Amenorrhea Joint pain Hot flushes Night sweats Blurred vision Spontaneous and nocturnal emissions
Prolonged Yin Deficiency leads to Liver Yang Rising, as the Yang can not be kept under control. Sometime it can even agitate Liver Wind Internally. Then symptoms such as dizziness, tics, headache and tinnitus appear. Blurred vision is also a typical sign, as Liver opens into the eyes. The Liver houses the...Read more about menopausal syndrome