A chronic condition involving spleen and kidney. Your spleen controls transportation and transformation, and kidney yang warms the spleen to support its functions. Yang deficiency in the spleen or kidneys will cause dysfunction of transportation and transformation, leading to loose stools, diarrhoea, stomach rumbling, chronic diarrhoea, and a cold abdomen. Kidney yang can’t transform fluids, they accumulate leading to abundant clear urination and oedema in the legs. Kidney yang can’t nourish blood and spleen and muscles lack nourishment, resulting in lassitude, poor appetite and loose stools. Kidney yang deficiency manifests as apathy, lack of willpower and unwillingness to undertake projects. Lifestyle factors such as too much cold and raw food (which damage the spleen), are the primary cause for this pattern. Kidney yang is also referred to as the ‘fire for life’, and a deficiency is directly linked to lack of spiritual purpose and drive in life. Conversely, lack of purpose or spiritual connection depletes kidney yang laying the foundation for this pattern to develop (for more info see kidney yang deficiency).
Symptoms:
Physical weakness, mental listlessness, phlegm in the throat, breathlessness, uncomfortable speaking, desire to lie down, weak knees, abdominal distension, poor appetite, aversion to cold, cold limbs, abundant clear urination, loose stools, diarrhoea (early morning), oedema of the abdomen and legs, cold back, chronic diarrhoea, stomach rumbling, loose stools, watery diarrhoea, cold abdomen and legs, lassitude, poor appetite.

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