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Spleen and Kidney Yang 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 Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as pale complexion, oedema of face, oedema of limbs and abdominal distention and fullness (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 Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency patients tend to exhibit deep (Chen), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as lupus.
The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi)
Tongue color: Pale
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 Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency might experience symptoms like pale complexion, oedema of face, oedema of limbs and abdominal distention and fullness (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.
Wu Ling San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Water Plantain (Ze Xie) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote urination and leach out Dampness.
Typical symptoms for lupus caused by Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency: Loose stools Oedema of face Pale complexion Oedema of limbs Cold extremities Frequent urination Shortness of breath Abdominal distention and fullness
Recommended herbal formula: Wu Ling San