Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood

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Pattern factsheet

Related conditions: Intermenstrual bleeding

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Tinnitus Dizziness Back pain Dark Urine Night sweats

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

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood 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 causing Heat in the Blood gives rise to such diverse symptoms as dizziness, tinnitus, night sweats and back pain.

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 causing Heat in the Blood patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue with complete 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 causing Heat in the Blood is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as intermenstrual bleeding.

Diagnosing Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood

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

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Possible symptoms: Tinnitus Dizziness Back pain Dark Urine Night sweats

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 causing Heat in the Blood will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue with complete absence of coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood might experience symptoms like dizziness, tinnitus, night sweats and back pain (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood

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 Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is also used to treat Blood Deficiency or Yin Deficiency.

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Er Zhi Wan

Source date: 1534 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Liver Yin. Nourishes Kidney Yin.

Formula summary

Er Zhi Wan is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Glossy Privet Fruits (Nu Zhen Zi) and Eclipta Herbs (Mo han lian) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1534 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.

Besides Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Er Zhi Wan is also used to treat Kidney Yin Deficiency or Kidney Deficiency.

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Liang Di Tang

Source date: 1826 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin. Cools Blood. Stop bleeding.

Formula summary

Liang Di Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1826 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.

Besides Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Liang Di Tang is also used to treat Heat in the Blood or Kidney Yin Deficiency.

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Zuo Gui Wan

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin. Strengthens the Kidneys. Fills the Essence. Augments the marrow.

Formula summary

Zuo Gui Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1624 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.

Besides Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Zuo Gui Wan is also used to treat Kidney Essence Deficiency or Kidney Yin Deficiency.

Read more about Zuo Gui Wan

Special highlight: the link between intermenstrual bleeding and Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood

Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) is the key herb for Liang Di Tang, a formula used for intermenstrual bleeding caused by Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood

Typical symptoms for intermenstrual bleeding caused by Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood: Tinnitus Dizziness Back pain Dark Urine Night sweats

Recommended herbal formulas: Liang Di Tang, Er Zhi Wan, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Zuo Gui Wan

The mid-cycle bleeding between periods is characterized by scanty and scarlet-red blood. Normally there is no abdominal pain or clots. 

Liver and Kidney Yin can be seriously damaged if a woman works excessively without sufficient and proper rest or gives birth to many children very close to each other. It can lead to Empty Heat in the sense that this Heat exists due to lacking of Yin which is a natural cooling element of the Body. This Heat agitates the Blood and impairs the Directing and Read more about intermenstrual bleeding