What Is Kidney Deficiency

Located below the rib cage, near the middle of the back, there is one kidney on each side of the spine.

Like many of our organs, the kidneys are sophisticated reprocessing machines. Every day, a person's kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water. The wastes and extra water become urine, which flows to the bladder through tubes called ureters. The bladder stores urine until releasing it through urination.

"Kidney deficiency"? Does it mean one may have urination problems? Not really.

Like "Yin" and "Yang", "kidney deficiency" is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terms, means the body essential essence is low, which can be normal as one grows older. In TCM, kidneys are viewed as the origin of life, the congenital foundation, stores body essence and center of the body's yin and yang. In general, there are:

  • Kidney Yin deficiency
  • Kidney Yang deficiency
  • Kidney Qi deficiency
Presentations of kidney yin deficiency include: soreness and weakness of the lumbar regions and knees, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing problems, a dry mouth and throat, a hot sensation in the palms, soles and chest, spontaneous sweating, constipation, and seminal emission. The pulse is weak or fine and rapid; the tongue is red and covered with a light coating of fur. Kidney yin deficiency syndrome always produces signs of yin vacuity internal heat.

Presentations of kidney yang deficiency include: soreness or cold sensation in the knees and lumbar regions, aversion to cold, cold limbs, spiritual fatigue, difficulty in urination, enuresis, incontinence, declining libido, or impotence in severe cases; female sterility, and general edema may also appear. The pulse is fine or fine and deep; the tongue is bulky, moist, and covered with white fur. Kidney yang deficiency syndrome always produces signs of yang vacuity internal cold.

Kidney yin and kidney yang always influence each other, since they are mutually dependent. Therefore if kidney yin suffers long-term damage, kidney yang will be affected and result in depletion of both yin and yang. This is called "impairment of yin affecting yang" and vice versa.

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The following video powered by eHow connects kidneys to aging which is generally enough for the public to know what do kidneys do in Chinese medicine.

" The kidney in Chinese Medicine doesn't have much to do with the actual kidney as a group of functions that they ascribe to the kidney. Now, what they really mean almost more is the adrenals and the effect that the adrenals have on the body. So some signs of the kidney diminishing, so to speak, are the typical signs of aging. Things that you might get with sore back or sore knees or changes in the color of the hair, changes in sexual function."