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how do i cure a heart yin deficiency ?

What foods can I eat to cure this . I already eat a very healthy diet no sugar or caffiene also. i also am stressed to the max

With an ECG ?  (+ info)

Chinese medicine-question about pinellia and yin deficiency?

Can any one tell me is it ever ok to take er chen wan formula or just pinellia if you also have yin deficiency?Will taking a yin tonic counteract the drying affect of er chen wan?

thnakkyou in advance

Pinellia just helps the spleen resolve phlegm.... the yin tonic should counter the effects... but you should have help as you sound confused  (+ info)

I've been told I have 'yin deficiency' of the kidney - apart from acupuncture, can anyone sugguest treatment?

I have a viral arthritis of the right ankle that two separate people have told me is a 'yin deficiency' of the kidney/bladder, and that massage and/or acupuncture can sort this out. I'm low on cash right now, so was hoping someone could suggest something else, like a herbal remedy or something...

Any advice would be appreciated.

Shenyinxu (Kidney Yin Deficient)


by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

A term used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in describing certain condition of the body. When the condition of yin deficiency exist in shenxu (kidney deficient) it is called shenyinxu. Although shen means kidney, do not confuse with the anatomy term "kidney."

Shenyinxu patients can have

high levels of cAMP

relatively low levels of cGMP

normal to high levels of adrenocortical hormone

relatively high levels of epinephrine & norepinephrine

low levels of electrolyte

over active sympathetic nervous system

under active parasympathetic nervous system

retaining sodium and expelling potassium

See yin enhancing herbs

See: Food high in potassium

The other extreme condition is shenyangxu.

Back to TCM Diagnosis.


cAMP is the abbreviation for cyclic adenosine mono phosphate, a cyclic nucleotide of adenosine that acts at the cellular level to regulate various metabolic processes and mediate the effects of many hormones; so it is also known as second messenger where hormones are the first messengers.

Herb Therapy: liu wei di huang wan is commonly prescribed  (+ info)

how can one tell the difference between Lower back pain that is caused by Kidney Yang deficiency vs. Yi?

It seems like Lower back pain could be caused by both kidney yin and/or kidney yang.... how can one tell if they are kidney yin or yang deficient?.... is the pain and soreness different between the 2 type of pains that could hint one or the other?

Never make the mistake of jumping to a diagnosis based on a single symptom! This applies in western medicine and it goes double for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

You have to look at the totality of the symptoms. Check tongue. Check pulses. Zoom out a little and look at the whole case. If you do that, it's much easier to differentiate between a yin deficiency and a yang deficiency. Look for the classic, hallmark differences.

Here's a link to some good info specifically on Kidney Yin/Yang...

And www.yinyanghouse.com is also an excellent resource when you're learning TCM.  (+ info)

In TCM, can the spleen have a yin deficiency? If so or if not Why?

The spleen can have a deficiency of yin, just like it can have excess yin. It can be treated by addressing the spleen meridian. This meridian starts at the medial side of the large toe, through the abdomen, spleen, diaphragm, esophagus and ending on the lower surface of the tongue.  (+ info)

How to treat Yin dificency and Spleen dampness?

Hi i need to know how to treat a patient with Yin dificency and Spleen dampness. Cold bitter herbs damage the spleen and hot herbs increase yang. What do I do? Add specifics please!
to answer if its orginal tcm or modern. What ever works!

Found this on the net:

Dampness and yin deficiency commonly occur together clinically and require a strategy that combines tonifying yin and transforming dampness. This scenario usually occurs because damp or phlegm has transformed into damp heat or phlegm heat, and the resulting fire damages fluids. That's not the only possibility, however. Sometimes there's no evil heat at all, and the dampness alone gives rise to yin deficiency. This is because the turbid dampness is using up all the normal body fluids, causing the body's yin to become depleted. Still another possibility is that yin deficiency occurs first, and the resulting deficiency heat thickens the normal body fluids, creating phlegm. This second scenario is more likely to occur in the upper burner.

Let's look at common treatment strategies for each of the three burners. The ingredients for the formulas below are all listed in Bensky and Barolet's Formulas and Strategies.

Upper Burner

Either phlegm by itself or phlegm heat can damage yin if it has been in the upper burner for a long time. Alternatively, Lung yin deficiency can result from Kidney yin deficiency, and the deficiency heat can, over a prolonged period of time, injure lung fluids resulting in the formation of phlegm. The requisite treatment principle is to transform phlegm, clear heat, and nourish yin. Three common formulas that incorporate this strategy are bu fei e jiao tang, mai men dong tang and jin shui liu jin jian.

Incidentally, the last formula has been recorded incorrectly in Formulas and Strategies. According to the classical source text (Jing Yue Quan Shu), you're supposed to use shou di huang, not sheng di huang. The author of this text, Zhang Jing Yue, was so renowned for his use of shou di huang that he was nicknamed "Zhang Shou Di" by his peers.

Middle Burner

In the middle burner, yin deficiency often occurs as a result of damp heat damaging yin. If the damp heat causes diarrhea, the damage will be accelerated even farther. The other scenario occurs when a patient with pre-existing yin deficiency develops damp heat as a result of consuming bad food. The treatment in both cases requires that you simultaneously transform damp and tonify yin. There are several formulas that can be used.

One of the best formulas for this twofold problem is zhu ling tang. Although it is most often used to treat damp heat urinary problems, the shang han lun prescribed this formula for diarrhea and insomnia as well. The e jiao tonifies yin and blood and counteracts the drying effects of the other herbs in the formula.

For more severe diarrhea, you can use bai tou weng jia gan cao e jiao tang. This is basically bai tou wen tang with e jia and gan cao added to nourish the blood and yin. It was originally designed for dysentery occurring after labor, but we can borrow it for any damp heat diarrhea complicated by yin and blood deficiency. Another way to treat this pattern is to modify ge gen huang lian huang qin tang by adding Lung-Stomach yin-tonifying herbs such as sha shen, mai men dong and tian hua fen.

Sometimes the yin becomes damaged by diarrhea resulting from cold or cold damp attacking the middle burner. If this happens, the patient will remain sick even after the diarrhea has stopped. You should use si ni jia ren shen tang, which warms the middle burner and tonifies qi and yin.

Ascites or "drum distention" (gu zhang) is a middle burner condition that usually leads to yin deficiency, since the massive accumulation of abdominal water leaches normal yin from the body. The yin deficiency occurs in spite of extreme dampness and even cold. The treatment of ascites is quite complicated, too complicated to go into here; it often involves spleen deficiency, dampness, yin deficiency and blood stasis all occurring simultaneously. If you are looking for herbal treatment strategies for this condition, I recommend that you consult Wu and Fischer's Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lower Burner

In the lower burner, accumulated dampness easily transforms into heat, which then causes yin deficiency. The other possibility is that dampness and heat sink into the lower burner of a patient that has preexisting yin deficiency. The combined pattern usually manifests as a heat dysuria (re lin), causing frequent urine with a burning or itching sensation. The treatment principle is to leach out damp, clear heat, and tonify yin. Here again, the indicated formula is zhu ling tang.

I need to add a word here about pulse and tongue interpretation, because many of my American students tend to be misguided by these signs, especially when they are facing multipattern conditions like dampness combined with yin deficiency. The fact is, pulses and tongues will often reflect only one pattern or side of the condition, and you have to rely on the other signs and symptoms to get a full picture of the other pat  (+ info)

Where can i find a good yin yang bracelet for me and my boyfriend?

We want bracelets that have one bracelet with yin and the other with yang, and they can be placed together. Its just been impossible to find! can you plz help us!

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What vitamin deficiency causes bumps and sores at the corners of your mouth?

My 16 month old daughter has small bumps on the inside corner of her mouth and a sore on the outside corner of one lip. Is that a sign of vitamin deficiency. She does not seem bothered by them.

Could be vitamin B12, but I am not certain.

Top Ten foods highest in vitamin B12:
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php  (+ info)

What is the deficiency of food causes weight loss due to thyroid disorder?

I am taking methimozole along with multivitimins tablets for thyroid disorder for the last 10 days. I have been prescribed these medicines for two months. In addition to it, what food I should take more to meet the deficiency. I have no other health problem. I am regularly doing physical exercises for the last 10 years. I wonder how it happened? can any expert please explain?

Hyperthyroidism is characterized by hypermetabolism and elevated serum levels of free thyroid hormones. Symptoms are many but include tachycardia, fatigue, weight loss, and tremor. Diagnosis is clinical and with thyroid function tests. Treatment depends on cause.(Merck)
Major clinical signs of Hyperthyroidism include weight loss (often accompanied by a ravenous appetite), anxiety, intolerance to heat, fatigue, hair loss, weakness, hyperactivity, irritability, apathy, depression, polyuria, polydipsia, and sweating.(Wikipedia)
Methimazole is used to treat hyperthyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. It is also taken before thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine therapy.(MedlinePlus)
Methimazole and propylthiouracil are used to treat conditions in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone.
These medicines work by making it harder for the body to use iodine to make thyroid hormone. They do not block the effects of thyroid hormone that was made by the body before their use was begun.(MayoClinic).  (+ info)

I have a yin yang tattoo on my inside wrist, any suggestions on how to incorporate a hibiscus flower around it

Designs maybe?
My yin yang is blue and pink, my beautiful daughters favourite flower is the hibiscus and also the favourite of my late mother in law.
My tattoo is on the inside of my wrist.
I'd love some designs, Thanks.

sounds cute! have the hibiscus flower stem behind the yin yang and showing on one side. On the other side put a bloomed hibiscus coming out, kind of overlapping the yin yang but still know what it is!  (+ info)

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