Sunday, 17 November 2013

Menstrual Disorders -Amenorrhea - Symptoms, Causes and Treatments Of Kidney Yang Deficiency Causes Of Water Effusion In TCM Perspective

Amenorrhea is defined as a health condition of absence of period
1. Primary amenorrhea
Women who are at age 18, but for what ever reason have never menstruated or
2. Secondary amenorrhea is defined as period beginning at the appropriate age, but later stops for more than 3 cycles.
Water effusion is defined as a health condition of fluid retention in the body as a result of prolonged period of yang vacuity and kidney's inability to move fluid upward in nourishing the upper part of the body, leading to abnormal yang phrase of menstrual cycle in women and increasing the risk of low sexual libido.

I. Symptoms
1. Water retention
2. Edema in lower extremities)
3. Frequent urination; obvious aversion to cold
4. Cold extremities
5. Sensation in chest with stuffing feeling
6. Shortness of breath
7. Asthma
8. Abdominal fullness
9. Tongue with a fat (fluid retention), pale, tooth-marked and a white and slippery coating10. deep and wiry or deep and fine pulse.

II. Causes
1.Cold and raw food diet
Eating cold foods for a prolonged period of time will cause kidney yang deficiency. Cold foods are yin in nature, after entering the stomach, our body needs to provide more yang to digest it that depletes the yang qi.

2. Frequent sexual activity
Frequent sexual activity may not affect the young men and women, because kidney essence is abundant, but you reach a certain age, kidney essence slowly deplete, leading to yang qi deficiency causing low sexual desire and distorting the normal menstrual cycle including amenorrhea.

3. Occupation
Working in a cold environment for a prolonged period of time will cause yang deficiency, as our body need to balance the normal body temperature by constantly producing heat to counter the cold.

4. Kidney qi deficiency
As the kidney's inability to move qi upward to the lung and through its channel and distribute fluid properly, it cause fluid retention in the lower part of the body and interfere with lung qi movement.

III. Treatments
Tonifying kidneyyang and clear fuilds
A. With Herbs
1. Xian mao (Grass rhizome)
The hot herb smooths the kidney and liver channels by tonifying kidney, strengthening yang, expelling cold, eliminating damp.

2. Ze xie (Water plantain root)
Ze xie has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in promoting urination, drains damp and fluid.

3. Zhu ling (Polyporus)
Zhu ling is a cool herb used to promotes urination, drains damp and water retention if it is used together with fu ling (poria).

B.With acupuncture
1. BL23 (Shen shu)
2. Ren 4 (Guan yuan)
3. BL 22 (San jiao shu)
4. Ren 9 (Zang fu)
5. BL20 (Pi shu)
6. ST 36 (Zu san lin)
7. Etc.

C. With Foods
1. Lamb
2. Onion
3. Pistachios
4. Garlic
5. Cabbage
6. Black pepper
7. Cinnamon bark
9. Ginger
10. Rosemary
11 Cayenne
12. Horse radish
13. Etc.
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