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Spleen or 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 or Kidney Yang Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as abdominal pain that worsens with cold, urinary difficulty, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities and dizziness (as well as thirteen others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency patients tend to exhibit deep (Chen) 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 or Kidney Yang Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as intermenstrual bleeding, hypertension or pelvic inflammatory disease (as well as fifteen 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 Spleen or Kidney Yang 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.
Intermenstrual bleeding Hypertension Pelvic inflammatory disease Trigeminal neuralgia Menieres disease Congestive heart failure Rheumatoid arthritis Lumbar disc disease Sciatica Chronic glomerulonephritis Hyperaldosteronism Hypothyroidism Ascites from cirrhosis Orthostatic hypotension Basilar insufficiency Osteoarthritis Piriformis syndrome Postconcussion headache
The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen) or fine (Xi)
Tongue color: Pale
Tongue shape: Tooth-marked, Swollen
Possible symptoms: Edema Coughing Vomiting Tinnitus Dizziness Back pain Knee pain Tiredness Depression Loose stools Palpitations Feeling of cold Urinary difficulty Frequent urination Heavy sensation in the head Abdominal pain that worsens with cold Deep aching and heaviness in the extremities
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 or Kidney Yang Deficiency will tend to exhibit deep (Chen) 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 or Kidney Yang Deficiency might experience symptoms like abdominal pain that worsens with cold, urinary difficulty, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities and dizziness (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys. Eliminates Dampness.
Zhen Wu Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform water and Dampness.
Source date: 1826 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Qi and Yang.
Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi), Ginseng (Ren Shen) and Atractylodes Rhizomes (Bai Zhu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1826 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi and Blood.
Besides Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency, Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang is also used to treat Qi Deficiency.
Recommended herbal formula: Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang
Mid-cycle bleeding under this pattern is characterized by red color menstruating Blood without clots. Normally there is no abdominal pain and the volume can be scanty or heavy.
The Kidneys store the Essence and the Spleen controls the Blood. When these two Organs' Yang is Deficient, no sufficient Qi, which is a Yang element, is created to hold Blood in its vessels. It also injures the Directing and Penetrating Vessels. Thus unwanted bleeding is the result.
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