Sunday, 17 November 2013

Menstrual Disorders -Amenorrhea - Symptoms, Causes and Treatments Of Kidney Yin Deficiency In TCM Perspective

All women are experience irregular period sometimes during their child bearing years, before menopause. While Western medication has never viewed that irregular menstruation is a problem of women reproductive system, traditional Chinese medicine looks at this problem seriously, if untreated, it will disharmonize the women ecosystem, leading to nervous tension and other health problems, including infertility. Imbalance of liver is defined is a health condition of which liver is no longer function normally in moving blood in the blood vessels and govern smooth flow of the emotion and stress due to the affect of excessive anger or unexpressed anger, leading to liver being damaged that affects the regular menstruation and fertility.
Kidney yin deficiency is defined as a condition of the yang is not rising. Since kidney is one of organ governed the reproductive system and regulates the production of certain hormones during the process of menstrual cycle, deficiency of kidney yin distorts each step of the reductive function in phrase I, leading to prolonged yin phrase.

I. Symptoms
1. Feeling hot in palms and soles
2. Heat sensations;
3. Night sweats
4. Flushed face; emaciated features;
6. Dry mouth
7. Premature gray hair
8. Hot flush
9. Vagina dryness
10. Scanty cervical mucus
11. Amenorrhea or decreased menstrual flow and
12. Infertility in females and low sperm count in men
13. Etc.

II. Causes
1. Occupation
Women who work in a hot environment work place for a prolonged period of time will cause yin deficiency as the women body need to maintain the normal temperture by cooling down the body.

2. Unhealthy diet
Women who love to diet with high level of saturated fat and trans fat as well as drinking cold drink comes directly from the refrigerator are most likely to suffer kidney yin deficiency caused by excessive yang produced in the stomach's function in food absorption.

3. Spleen qi deficiency
Since spleen in charge of transformation qi and fluid in the body and to the other organ, damage of the spleen or stomach inability to provide enough yin for the productive organ to perform its normal menstrual cycle, cause prolonged yin phrase.

4. Aging
Since women are classified as yin in nature, aging causes depletion of kidney essence -the true yin in the body, leading to scanty period or amenorrhea and early menopause.

III. Treatments
A. With herbs
1. Chinese angelica roots (Dong qui)
It is one of most effective blood tonic herb. Whenever there are qi deficiency, it also causes blood deficiency.

2. Rehmannia glutinosa (Shu di huang)
It is one of the good herb for tonifying blood, nourishing yin and blood and enriching kidney essence.

3. Ligustrum lucidum (Nu zhen zi)
Nu zhen zi is good for liver and kidney tonification and clearing heat due to yin deficiency.

4. Morus Albus (Sang shen)
The herbs is most used in nourishing yin, tonifying blood and promoting the generation of body fluids
B. With acupuncture
Suggested acupuncture points:
1. BL15 (Xin shu)
2. BL18 (Gan shu)
3. BL23 (Shen shu)
4. HT7 (Shen men)
5. KD3(Tai Xi) and
6. LI3 (Tai chong) and
7. SP6 (San yin jiao)
8. Etc.

C. With foods
1. Kelp
2. Potato
3. Tomato
4. Yam
5. Avocado
6. Lemon
7. Pear
8. Pineapple
9. Watermelon
10. Black beans
11. Coconut milk
12. All Fishes
13. Fresh water clam, and crab
14. Oyster
15. Beef
16. Pork
17. Pork kidney
18. Chicken egg
19. Honey
20. Etc.
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