Kidney prolapse according to Chinese Medicine

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Kidney prolapse can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like kidney prolapse here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here kidney prolapse is often associated with listlessness, shortness of breath and weak voice in the pattern “Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of kidney prolapse we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause kidney prolapse

In Chinese Medicine kidney prolapse is a symptom for the pattern "Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) is the king ingredient for Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a formula used for Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

In a Qi Collapsing (also called 'Sinking Qi') situation, a weakened Qi is unable to perform its holding function, resulting in a prolapse of the Organs. This condition mostly applies to the Qi of the Spleen.

In addition to kidney prolapse, other symptoms associated with Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking include listlessness, shortness of breath and weak voice.

Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking is often treated with Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Milkvetch Roots - Huang Qi - as a key herb). Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner)".

Read more about Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking here

A herbal formula that might help with kidney prolapse

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Source date: 1247

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.

Why might Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang help with kidney prolapse?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking' of which kidney prolapse is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Qi Collapsing Or Qi Sinking include listlessness, shortness of breath and weak voice.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang here

Milkvetch root might help with kidney prolapse

Why might Milkvetch Root (Huang Qi) help with kidney prolapse?

Because it is a key herb in Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking' (a pattern with kidney prolapse as a symptom)

Milkvetch Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Wei Qi and stops perspiration. Tonifies the Spleen Qi and the Yang Qi of the Earth Element. Tonifies the Qi and Blood. Expels pus and assists in the healing of wounds. Helps to regulate water metabolism in the body and reduce edema.

Read more about Milkvetch Roots here