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Kidney Yang deficiency is common. Probably we all get it at some time, especially as we age or from chronic illness or physical strain. In Chinese medicine, it's a syndrome.
Eventually, as these deep resources of your body and genetic inheritance erode, you take longer to recover and may find other processes in your body also wear out.
Good treatment can delay this if you take the right action.
Do consider acupuncture and Chinese medicine, because a huge amount of time, over thousands of years, has been spent by its practitioners thinking about how to slow this aging process!
The rest of this page will make much more sense if you read two other pages on this site:
You will also benefit from understanding Kidney YIN. Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang work very closely together: like the accelerator and brake in a car, you need both.
You may also find Balancing Yin and Yang helpful.
First, think of your house. If you live in Scotland, you almost certainly have central heating, a source of warmth - YANG.
Summers are seldom intolerably hot here, so few people need air-conditioning, which is cooling - YIN.
If you live in a hot country - naturally hot, so providing free Yang - you probably don't bother with central heating. On the few days when it's cold, you light a fire and just wrap up a bit. But you would definitely like to have air-conditioning - Yin - to keep you cool the rest of the time.
Kidney Yang is the way Chinese medicine explains the warming function in the body. (Actually, for the geeks, that's not quite right, but it's good enough for the rest of us here.)
Kidney Yang draws its energy from Mingmen and Jing Essence, as does Kidney Yin, but it applies it to make things warmer.
This warming process is mighty important! Animals who lack it, like snakes and lizards, depend on the sun to warm them up before they can get active. Mammals, such as humans, have mitochondria. How we acquired this is apparently due to a 'virus-like' bug that colonised our cells millions of years ago, and which produces heat.
I suppose that is where our Kidney Yang, or to be more accurate, our Mingmen energy, comes from.
So when Kidney Yang deficiency appears, what are its symptoms?
Because Kidney Yang warms things, when deficient it fails to warm and dry, so along with the coldness mentioned above, there are digestive weaknesses:
Kidney Yang deficiency means difficulty re-producing because it cannot 'warm' the Jing-essence, which is what the Chinese called both what we would call the individuals genetic code and the urge to re-produce. This causes:
If you are unable to do anything about your Kidney Yang deficiency or its causes, and can't get treatment for it, what might happen next?
Well, first of all, do not abandon hope! If it teaches nothing else, Chinese medicine's knowledge of the working of Yin and Yang leads its practitioners to believe that nothing stays the same for ever.
If you are alive, things may change. In fact things always change: sometimes too fast and often too slowly! But change they do. It would be nice if they always did what you wanted, but as you age, you learn that what you wanted isn't necessarily what the universe 'wanted', nor is it necessarily what leads to your happiness and health.
When I was 10, I decided I wanted a Rolls Royce for my birthday. My parents ran a farm, not a very big one and certainly not a very rich one.
Whenever I explained how much I wanted a Rolls Royce (yes, we're talking about a real Rolls Royce car, not an aero engine or a toy), I was much encouraged by their smiles.
If you've ever spent much time on a small hilly farm with pigs, cows and chickens, and rain, you may be aware of something called 'mud'.
I have to tell you that, while they are marvellous cars, (though I've now decided I want a Bentley Continental, as Rolls Royce cars are a bit 'bling' and, anyway, I don't like their new-style radiator grills), Rolls Royces were not really built for muddy farm life.
I still have what I actually received for that birthday - a small box to keep my pencils in.
When Kidney Yang deficiency persists, in time various other Yang deficiency syndromes appear, the most common being - though not necessarily in the following order:
This syndrome, Kidney Yang deficiency, is a particular kind of general Yang deficiency.
All these syndromes that may occur as a result of Kidney Yang deficiency can usually be helped with Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
So make an appointment with an experienced acupuncturist!
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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