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Infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist.
Kidney Deficiency In Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective (TCM)
Fertility is a natural process to insure the survival of human species. Through natural selection, we produce many offspring when the reproductive system works at it's peak in the suitable environment with plenty foods around. On the other hand, the reductive system may completely shut down or work at it;s minimum state and we produce less offspring, when the environment is hostile including less foods around, war, epidemic, etc. But regardless any situation. most women are capable to conceive sometimes before menopause.
A. In Men
Kidney Yang Deficiency
Kidney Yang deficiency
Men are considered kidney yang deficiency if they have symptom of low sexual desire, weak ejaculation, impotence, seminal emission, low sperm count, slow sperm mobility.
A. Causes of kidney yang deficiency
1 Unhealthy diet
As we known, we live in the society, where everything we drink are mostly cold including milk. It has a danger effect in the male body as it depletes of the yang qi which is needed to counter the the cold effects of abundant yin, leading to kidney yang deficiency. If one day, our yang qi production from the kidney jing no longer working well, it will cause male symptoms of infertility
2. External factors
a) Working in the cold environment such as fish, poultry and meat processing plants may deplete the kidney yang as our body require to produce yang qi constantly to counter the external cold.
b) People stay in the cold place for prolong period of time may also have the same effect as people working in cold environment.
3. Frequent sexual activity
According to traditional medical medicine, sexual intercourse helps to improve blood circulation and production of certain hormones which are necessary for our health. It also helps to balance the kidney yin qi but frequent sexual activity depletes the kidney jing which is vital for hormone and sperm production, leading to low sperm count or semen with no sperm as well as kidney diseases.
III. How kidney deficiency effects male fertility
1. Abnormal sperm production
We need harmony in our body as well as balance of the yang and qi in the kidney. Deficiency of kidney yang causes inability of the kidney jing in maintaining the normal sperm production, leading to low sperm count, slow sperm mobility or semen with no sperm.
2. Sexual dysfunction
According to traditional Chinese medicine, kidney is vital to maintain the healthy function of the reproductive organs including the penis. Depletion of kidney yang qi interferes with the folowing:
a) Sexual libido
Since we know, kidney is important in regulating the production of growth hormone as we mentioned in previous article. Deficiency of kidney yang causes low levels of testosterone in the body leading to sexual libido.
Depletion of kidney yang also slow down the blood circulation in our body including the blood flow to penis, leading to sexual impotence.
Kidney yang is vital in conserving energy for our body needs including the reproductive organs. Loss of kidney yang qi for a prolong period of time leading to low energy including energy needed for healthy ejaculation.
As we mentioned in the above definition.
Kidney ying deficiency
According to TCM kidney if vital to maintain a healthy reproduction system in men and women alike. Infertility caused by kidney yin deficiency including symptoms seminal emission, slow sperm mobility, low sperm count.
II. Causes of kidney yin deficiency
As oppose to yang deficiency, It is caused by men who love to hot and spicy food leading to heat accumulation in the body causing yin deficiency.
2. External factor
Working in the hot environment causes the depletion of fluids in the body including the kidney leading abundant yang qi production.
3. Low sexual activity
Frequent sexual activity increases the risk of yang deficiency, low sexual activity causes energy overly accumulation in the reproductive organ, leading to yin deficiency.
III. Effects of kidney yin deficiency
1. Abnormal sperm production
As we mentioned in the previous article, increasing yang qi or temperature in the body interferes with the production and quality of sperm causing slow sperm mobility, low sperm count.
2. Sexual dysfunction
a) Seminal emission
Seminal emission is a pattern in which the semen of a man emits frequently without making sexual activities. Since older sperm are replaced by new sperm production every day. Low sexual activity ( no ejaculation for a prolong period of time) causes abundant sperm in the reproductive organ, leading to seminal emission with low quality sperm being ejaculated.
As we mentioned in the article definition
B. In women Kidney Yin Deficiency
Kidney yin also known primordial yin or true yin , is defined as the foundation of the yin fluid of the body, therefore it helps to moisten, nourish the organs and tissues and maintain the body fluid balance with fire of kidney yang.
II. How deficiency of kidney yin effect fertility
1. Lack of energy
Deficiency of kidney yin causes inability of kidney in stabilization of energy, leading to abnormal flow of energy, disrupting the blood flow to the body organs including the test in producing sperm and ovaries in egg production resulting in distorting the normal menstrual cycle in women and lessening the chance of fertility.
2. Blood Flow
Deficiency of kidney yin also increases the risk of irregular blood flow as the heart must work harder to provide more energy to our body needs, leading to abnormal function of capillaries and interrupting the normal function of small veins in the nervous system including dizziness, hearing problems and ringing in the ear. It also causes abnormal blood flow to the reproductive organs resulting in distorting the normal menstrual cycle in women and sperm production in men.
3. Digestive system
It also causes abnormal digestive system in absorbing vital vitamins and mineral as resulting of lack of fluid which is necessary for digestive system in stomach acid secretion, leading to constipation and abnormal pain.
4. Burning sensation
People with kidney yin deficiency feel burning sensation not only in the body including the chest, but also see bright yellow color in their urine, leading to oxidative and kidney damage. If the problem is not treated, it may disrupt the production of sperm friendly mucus in women and sperm quality men.
5. High temperature
It also increases the body temperature that interferes with egg, cervical mucus production in women and sperm abnormalities in men.
1. Unhealthy diet
People who eat a lot of high energy food and spicy food are an ideal candidate to have kidney yin deficiency, because those foods increase the yang qi in the body and deplete the body's fluid.
2. Sexual tramitted diseases and frequent sexual activity
Sexual tramitted diseases increase the risk of infection and inflammation that causes the increasing of white blood cells in the body, leading to immunity malfunction of infertility. Frequent sexual activity drain the kidney energy in maintaining a good reproductive system leading to infertility.
Drug abuse and some medication may damage kidney thus decreasing the function of kidney as an reproductive organ for fertility.
People who work long hours and stress environment work place may increase the risk of draining our energy flow and qi staganation leading to abnormal kidney function.
Aging also causes kidney yin deficiency, as our kidney no longer function like we are young.
2. Weak pulse
3. Hearing problems,
4. Dry mouth and throat,
5. Hot sensation in the palms, soles and chest,
6. Sweating, constipation, and seminal emission.
7. The tongue is red and covered with a light coating of fur
Kidney yang deficiency
Women with prolong menstrual cycle, no menstrual discharge, irregular menstrual cycle, lower back pain, lack of sexual desire and slow pulse are considered as deficiency of kidney yang.
1. Unhealthy diet
People who like to eat cold food and drink deplete the levels of yang qi in the body causing kidney yang deficiency.
2. Internal Cold
Internal cold may be caused the immune allergic reaction in fighting the foreign virus and bacteria leading to cold sensational feeling in some people.
3. External cold
Remaining in the cold place or swimming in the cold water for a prolong period of time may cause yang qi depletion leading to abnormal function of kidney.
4. Kinney damage
Kidney damage caused by what ever reason may distort the balance of yin and yang qi in the kidney, sometimes it may lead to kidney yang deficiency.
5. Unhealthy life style
Unhealthy life style such as sleep late at night, irregular sleeping habit and frequent sexual intercourse may increase the risk of kidney yang deficiency.
6. Previous miscarriage and abortion
According to traditional Chinese medicine miscarriage and abortion not only damage the reproductive organ but also deplete the kidney yang qi caused by over whelming blood loss.
There are hundred symptoms of kidney yang deficiency including
1. White coat on tongue
2. Pale, frigid appearance
3. Achy pain in joints or muscles
5. Poor digestion
6. Tendencies toward stagnation
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