Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Wheezing Dry throat Night sweats Hot palms and soles Coughing with blood-streaked sputum

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Fine (Xi)

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire 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 Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire gives rise to such diverse symptoms as coughing with blood-streaked sputum, wheezing, dry throat and hot palms and soles.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire 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 Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic bronchitis, chronic pharyngitis or spontaneous pneumothorax (as well as four others).

Related conditions

Chronic bronchitis Chronic pharyngitis Spontaneous pneumothorax Corpulmonale Silicosis Pulmonary tuberculosis Asthma

Diagnosing Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire

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

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi)

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Possible symptoms: Wheezing Dry throat Night sweats Hot palms and soles Coughing with blood-streaked sputum

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 Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire 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 Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire might experience symptoms like coughing with blood-streaked sputum, wheezing, dry throat and hot palms and soles (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire

Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Source date: 1573 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. Lubricates the Lung and clears phlegm.

Formula summary

Bai He Gu Jin Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Lily Bulbs (Bai He), Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1573 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.

Besides Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire, Bai He Gu Jin Tang is also used to treat Body Fluids Deficiency or Lung Yin Deficiency.

Read more about Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire