Kidney Yang Vacuity Shen Yang Xu

Kidney yang vacuity develops from kidney qi vacuity.

Kidney yang vacuity usually presents with cold symptoms. Since kidney yang is the root of all yang energies in our body, kidney yang vacuity causes extensive cold symptoms in the bowels and viscera (zang fu organs), lethargy, and weakness. Digestive disorders of stomach and spleen can result from insufficient warming (symptoms: lack of appetite, sloppy stools). Weak kidney yang prevents sufficient warming of jing, which weakens energy.

The same dietary recommendations apply to kidney qi vacuity and kidney yang vacuity.

All thermally cool or cold foods, frozen foods, raw foods, thermally cold fruit (e.g., citrus and tropical fruit), salads, sour milk products, excessive consumption of liquids (e.g., mineral water high in sodium) and thermally cold beverages (e.g., orange juice).

The following foods have a strong kidney-energy-weakening effect: Refined sugar and alcoholic beverages, especially high-proof alcohol.

Western diagnosis:

Urological disorders such as chronic cystitis (urinary tract infection), nephritis, prostatitis, urethritis, sexual problems such as frigidity, impotence, and premature ejaculation; depression, anxiety, recurrent lumbago, sciatica, degenerative arthropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired hearing, tinnitus.

Thermal nature

Moderately hot, warm, neutral foods

Cooking method



Hot-salty, warm-salty, neutral-salty


Oysters; all smoked fish, especially salmon; mussels, shrimp, tuna


Especially venison, lamb, wild pig, dove, duck, pork


Fennel, cabbage prepared with warming spices, leeks, radish, root vegetables, onions


Cherries, grapes


Grain coffee, spiced tea, yogi tea


Buckwheat, oats, millet, rice (roasted before cooking)


Ginger, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon


Adzuki beans, lentils, black soy beans

Nuts and seeds

Chestnuts, lotus seeds, especially roasted black sesame, sunflower seeds, roasted walnuts

,/V Master Soup with warming types of meat, 1 vegetables, and seasonings.

j~J Thermally hot foods, especially hot seasoning, S should not be used excessively, since they can dry out fluids and weaken yin. Eating two to three warm meals daily and strengthening the body with kidney-warming foods is advisable, especially for kidney yang vacuity. Combining nutritional therapy with foods that strengthen the center burner is recommended.


TCM considers deficiency or vacuity conditions in the kidney network serious disorders requiring careful treatment. This includes addressing the damaging lifestyle that led to the disorders. Fol lowing thorough diagnosis, treatment should include acupuncture and moxibustion, nutritional therapy, Chinese herbs, and movement therapy (qi gong, tai chi). Acupuncture treatments should be appropriately supplemented with nutritional therapy. Strengthening and warming foods for the kidneys, prepared using appropriate cooking methods, accelerate treatment success. In conjunction with supplementing kidney energy, nutritional therapy needs to also supplement and sustain the stomach and spleen. Serious disorders such as kidney yang vacuity or kidney yin vacuity might require Chinese herbal remedies. Depending on the seriousness of the condition, treatment may require weeks to months of consistent therapy. Profound disorders of the kidney network may even require treatment for a number of years. With correct diagnosis and therapy, good to very good results can be achieved. The prognosis is not so good for constitutional kidney qi vacuity, essence vacuity, or jing vacuity, perhaps caused by massive external damage such as shock or drugs. These are difficult to treat and improvements or modest success often take years to accomplish. Nutritional therapy as well as medicinal herb therapy can significantly strengthen kidney energy, as can a change of circumstances and lifestyle. Kidney yin vacuity, or general yin vacuity, however, do not respond well, if at all, to acupuncture. These conditions require nutritional and medicinal herb therapy.

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  • milton velazco
    Which meat treats kidney xu?
    9 years ago

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