Nourishment for the kidneys and liver
While Western medicine emphases the link between cardiovascular function and Erectile Dysfunction (ED), TCM places importance on liver and kidney ailments as causative factor for development of ED. Western medicine involves a step-wise approach by targeting the relevant organ systems to treat various clinical symptoms; but TCM focuses on restoring the balance between various organs to achieve harmony and holistic approach to inner sense.
In modern Science, the kidneys may be playing the role of maintaining the composition of blood by removing waste and excess water, however the kidney system in TCM has a broader range of functions. A person’s growth, maturation and reproduction is also believed to be governed by the kidneys. The essence stored in the kidney is bestowed to each individual from their parents at conception, hence TCM regards the kidney as the “congenital constitution” and origin of life.
The kidney essence is critical for growth and development, and normal aging process will see both vitality and essence decrease. After birth, kidney essence increases gradually and becomes abundant as the body develops. During the early years, the individual undergoes physical changes marked by permanent teeth, hair and height growth. During adolescence, kidney essence peaks to drive the maturation of organs and form the basis of our ability to reproduce.
Energy levels are at its highest and bones are strong during middle age. However, it goes downhill thereafter. Kidney essence depletes and the functions of the organs decline with advancement in age, showing worrying signs of senescence such as deafness, hunchback, hair and teeth loss. Imbalances in kidney essence, ‘qi’, yin or yang can affect the growth and development of humans, resulting in development disorders, congenital mental retardation, soft and weak bones in children and premature aging in adults.
The kidney is the most fundamental organ system of your body, which holds the genetic blueprint of your inherent body constitution and how healthy you will be. Whether yin or yang deficiency, it is essential to trace back to the kidneys’ reserves and address the issue immediately.
Because emotional disharmony, which causes Qi Stasis, lies at the root of many energetic imbalances, the liver, which is responsible for the free flow of Qi, often is thought to be involved in healthy sexuality. This concept is particularly important because the Liver Channel wraps around the genitals in men, and the reproductive organs in women, and is closely related to reproductive capability. Simply put, a strong kidney – liver combination enhances sexuality.
Premature aging – decreased libido
Nourishing Yin and Yang at the same time. Invigorates the kidneys and liver, reinforcing tendons and bones, dispels rheumatism.
Soreness and weakness of the waist and knees, vertigo, tinnitus, palpitation, insomnia, restlessness.
Rehmannia (left) is a plant. The root and parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Rehmannia is commonly found in herbal combinations used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Medicine. Its therapeutic actions are:
- Strongly Nourishes the Blood
For Blood Deficiency presenting with dizziness, pale or sallow complexion, palpitations, and insomnia. Also for irregular menstruation due to Blood Deficiency.
- Nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin
For Yin Deficiency with weak and aching lower back and knees, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, hearing loss, night sweats, tidal fever, 5 palm heat, nocturnal emissions, a weak and rapid pulse, and a peeled tongue coating.
- Tonifies Yin
This herb is effective at treating Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), especially with frequent or excessive urination. It can be used alone for this purpose.
- Nourishes Jing (Essence) and Fortifies Marrow
In adults, this herb can be used for premature graying of the hair, impotence, and poor memory. In children, Shu Di Huang can be used to treat developmental and growth disorders.
- Stops Cough and Arrests Wheezing
Used when symptoms of cough, asthma, shortness of breath, and wheezing are due to Kidney Deficiency and it’s inability to grasp the Qi.
Ingredients per 20 grams:
- Radix Rehmanniae 0.300g
- Fructus Corni 0.300g
- Rhizoma Dioscoreae 0.300g
- Rhizoma Alismatis 0.225g
- Poria 0.225g
- Cortex Moutan 0.225g
- Herba Epimedii 0.175g
- Fructus Psoraleae
20 pills with plain water 3 times daily.
Side effect, not known.