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Shenyinxu (Kidney Yin Deficient)


by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu          按此看中文

Shenyinxu is 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."

Clinical observation: loin and knees are achy, dizziness or with tinnitus, night sweating, dry stool, spermatorrhea (in men), pulse is thin and deep, if there is heat the pulse is rapid (every 1 degree increase in body temperature, the pulse rate increases 10 counts). Tongue is red with little fur.

 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.

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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.

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腎陰虚症狀: 腰膝 部位酸痛,頭暈,或有耳鳴,聽力下降,口乾咽燥,煩熱,胸 口手足掌心發熱,晚上出汗,大便乾結,男子遺精。脈沉細弱。 如有熱則脈搏快速。體温每增一度,脉搏增十次。舌體紅,舌苔少。


  • 環單磷酸腺甘較高

  • 環磷酸鳥苷較低

  • 腎上腺皮质素正常或較高

  • 腎上腺素與副腎上腺素較高

  • 身體水份低

  • 交感神經亢進

  • 附較感神經低下

  • 身體儲鈉排鉀


Herb Therapy: liu wei di huang wan is commonly prescribed.

常用藥方﹕六 味地黃丸

Qigong therapy is effective.

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