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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).
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 Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire, 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.
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
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).
Source date: 1573 AD
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. Lubricates the Lung and clears phlegm.
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.