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Kidney Syndromes

1. Kidney Yin Deficiency
2. Kidney Yang Deficiency
3. Kidney Qi Not Firm
4. Kidneys Failing to receive Qi
5. Kidney Jing Deficiency

1. Kidney Yin Deficiency
When the Yin of the body becomes deficient, it affects the intricate balance of Yin and Yang within the person. What results is an apparent excess of Yang in relation to Yin. However, because the Yang is not really in excess, we call this ‘Empty Yang’ or ‘Empty Heat’.

General symptoms you are likely to encounter with Yin deficiency are:

    • feeling of heat, especially in the evening
    • hot hands, feet and face
    • restlessness as if running on adrenaline
    • insomnia, particularly waking in the night
    • infrequent, dark scanty urine

When the Yin of the Kidneys in particular, becomes deficient its functioning becomes impaired. This can lead to a wide collection of symptoms – individuals are unlikely to have all signs and symptoms – your own unique circumstances and life experience will determine how Kidney Yin deficiency effects you.

Some of the general symptoms of Kidney Yin deficiency include:

tinnitus or deafness (Due to the Kidneys link to the ears)

    • lower back ache (As the Kidneys are failing to nourish the bones)
    • night sweats (This is because the night is Yin time. As the Yin is weak it is unable to ‘hold’ fluids in)
    • dry mouth at night (Empty Heat dries up the body fluids)
    • inexplicable fear (Fear is the emotion of Water which includes the Kidneys)
    • dizziness and vertigo (This is because the brain is not being adequately filled with marrow)

You may also have areas of specific concern including:

2. Kidney Yang Deficiency
When the Yang of the body becomes deficient, it affects the intricate balance of Yin and Yang within the person. What results is an apparent excess of Yin in relation to Yang. This means that there is a predominance of cold symptoms that result in a lack of energy.

General symptoms you are likely to encounter with Yang deficiency are:

    • Aversion to cold
    • Apathy
    • Lassitude
    • Tiredness
    • Profuse, abundant urination

When the Yang of the Kidneys in particular, becomes deficient its functioning becomes impaired. This can lead to a wide collection of symptoms – individuals are unlikely to have all signs and symptoms – your own unique circumstances and life experience will determine how Kidney Yang deficiency effects you.

Some of the general symptoms of Kidney Yang deficiency include:

    • Feeling of cold in the back and knees (Kidney Yang fails to warm to bones)
    • Lower back ache (Kidney Yang fails to nourish bones)
    • Weak back and knees (Kidney Yang fails to nourish bones)
    • Oedema of the ankles (Kidneys failing to control fluids)
    • Inexplicable fear (Associated emotion of the Kidneys)
    • Low libido (Lack of Yang energy)
    • Impotence or premature ejaculation (Due to the Kidneys strong link with reproduction)
    • Fertility problems (Due to Kidneys strong link with conception and growth)

There may also be areas of specific concern, such as:

    • Headaches
    • Breathlessness
    • Asthma
    • Mental Emotional Problems
    • Tiredness
    • Diarrhoea
    • Constipation
    • Incontinence
    • ME
    • Menorrhagia – Uterine bleeding
    • PMS

3. Kidney Qi not Firm – All symptoms due to either Kidney Yang Deficiency or the failure of the Kidneys to control the lower orifices.

    • Weak, aching back
    • Incontinence with slight dribbling
    • Frequent, profuse, clear urination
    • Loss of bladder control
    • Uterine prolapse

4. Kidneys Failing to receive Qi – All symptoms due to either Kidney Yang Deficiency or the failure of the Kidneys to receive Qi.

    • Breathlessness or asthma with difficulty breathing in
    • Weak, rapid breathing
    • Cough
    • Sweating
    • Need to urinate after an asthma attack
    • Lower back ache

5. Kidney Jing Deficiency – All symptoms due to either Kidney Yang, Yin or Jing Deficiency

    • Slow growth particularly of bones
    • Late mental development
    • Late onset of puberty
    • Premature softening of the bones
    • Premature hair loss or greying
    • Weak libido
    • Weak knees, back and teeth

There may also be areas of specific concern, such as:

    • Dizziness
    • Tinnitus

Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practiced in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).