Kidney Support Yin - autoimmune disease like lupus, sclerosis, night time urination, diabetes... 滋陰補腎(一般)
Kidney Support Yin - autoimmune disease like lupus, sclerosis, night time urination, diabetes... 滋陰補腎(一般)
Kidney Support Yin - autoimmune disease like lupus, sclerosis, night time urination, diabetes... 滋陰補腎(一般)
Kidney Support Yin - autoimmune disease like lupus, sclerosis, night time urination, diabetes... 滋陰補腎(一般)
Kidney Yin - autoimmune disease like lupus, sclerosis, diabetes... 滋陰補腎(一般) - Silkie

Kidney Support Yin - autoimmune disease like lupus, sclerosis, night time urination, diabetes... 滋陰補腎(一般)

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An empirical herbal blend to support the Kidney Yin, the moistening and cooling fluids of the body.*

Non-GMO | Gluten-Free | No sugar, corn, or dairy  | No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, chemical binders, or wax 

100% Pure natural herbs, blended, made, and packaged in the USA

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A Proven, Researched-Backed Kidney Yin Formula

Studies published in journals such as the Journal of Ethnopharmacology have highlighted the iridoid glycosides, sugar compounds with various effects, including effects on blood system, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, immunological enhancement, and bone marrow hematopoiesis-promoting activities of Fresh Rehmannia Root (Sheng Di Huang), showing its significant effects in nourish blood and cooling heat. Similarly, research in Foods and BMC Complement Altern Med has demonstrated that Common Yam Rhizome (Shan Yao) has the most important health benefits and acts as a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidative, immunomodulatory, anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-hypertensive, anti-cancer functions, gastrointestinal protection, gut microbiota regulation, cardiac diseases treatment, hypoglycemic, anti-tumor activity, and estrogen-like effect, making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from Kidney Yin-related symptoms.

 

This proven experienced formula shown to: 
  • Nourishes Kidney Yin and supports the Liver.*
  • Reduces dryness (mouth, eyes, nose, skin).*
  • Enhances deep sleep, restrains night sweats and hot flashes.*
  • Helps regulate lupus, diabetes, blood pressure, arrhythmia.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

For adults, as a dietary supplement, take 5 - 10 pills once or twice daily if needed. If taking other medication or supplements, allow at least 2 hours before or after using this product.

Different individuals may experience different symptoms, including:

  • Dryness, Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, lupus
  • Menopausal syndrome, hot flashes and night sweats
  • Chronic prostatitis, enuresis, weak lower limbs, frequency in urination at night 
  • High blood pressure, dizziness, arrhythmia, tuberculosis, hyperthyroidism

DO NOT drink cold or iced beverages. Avoid chips and salty foods. It is best to avoid eating uncooked and cold foods like salad, sushi, smoothies, and ice cream; greasy or deep fried foods like fries and cheese; and spicy, pungent or heavily seasoned foods like kimchi, curries, and barbeque. No shrimp and shellfish. Avoid chocolate. No smoking, alcohol, and coffee.

Avoid eating late. The best time to eat is 7am, 12pm and 5pm. Go to bed by 10:30 and sleep from 11 pm to 7 am.

Serving Size 10 pills
Serving Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving 3000mg
Herbal Blend:
Fresh Rehmannia Root
Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit
Common Yam Rhizome
Poria
Fruit of Palmleaf Raspberry
Other ingredients: Pure honey to aid digestion and absorption

Keep out of reach of children. Use only as directed. If any signs of discomfort or irritation occur, discontinue use and consult your physician. 

Please note that a TCM formula is prescribed based on a diagnosed pattern and multiple formulas are usually prescribed to treat the whole person. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.

Ingredients

Ingredients

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Fresh rehmannia root

Fresh Rehmannia Root (Sheng Di Huang) is considered to have cooling properties and is commonly used to clear heat and nourish yin. It is often used in formulas to treat conditions associated with excessive heat and yin deficiency, such as fever, irritability, and night sweats.

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Asiatic cornelian cherry fruit

Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit (Shan Zhu Yu) is believed to tonify the liver and kidneys and stabilize the essence. It is often used to treat conditions such as lower back pain, impotence, and frequent urination.

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Common yam rhizome

Common Yam Rhizome (Shan Yao) is known for its tonifying properties, particularly for the spleen and stomach. It is commonly used in formulas to strengthen digestion, nourish the lungs and kidneys, and promote the production of body fluids.

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Fruit of palmleaf raspberry

Fruit of Palmleaf Raspberry (Fu Pen Zi) is used to tonify the kidneys and liver, stabilize the essence, and improve vision. It is commonly used in formulas to treat conditions such as nocturnal emissions, dizziness, and blurred vision.

honey is the only binding agent
no artificial fillers or ingredients
herbs harvested at the height of potency

100% Natural

Our herbal supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. Honey can support the lungs, intestine, spleen, and stomach; It works as a natural preservative with antibacterial and healing properties. Unlike other herbal supplement companies that use starch, magnesium, and other chemical substances as binders for their supplements, we only use 100% honey. We also avoid using vegetable capsules because they require chemical components to form the capsule shape.

Peak Harvest Herbs

The herbs in our herbal pill blends are harvested at the height of their potency and they are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality.

5 Generations

Over five generations we have collected, tested and refined Chinese herbal formulas that themselves draw from 3000 years of experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a profound pathway to create the life you were born to live. It's a timeless bridge that can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 

TCM history

Message From Ann

“Good Health is crucial for our overall well-being. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional aspects, and it's important to prioritize taking care of ourselves to lead a fulfilling life. Emphasizing prevention over cure is paramount for maintaining this balance. Without health, life can become incredibly challenging. It affects our ability to pursue our goals, enjoy our relationships, and experience daily life to the fullest. Good health forms the foundation for everything else we want to achieve and experience.” - Ann Tam

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Here's my story.

If you feel skeptical or unsure of Chinese herbal remedies, I could hardly blame you. I wasn't a believer either until my daughter grew very sick and my father (the 4th generation herbalist) helped her get better with herbs.

I was born into a family of herbalists. My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, great-great grandfather were all herbalists. I represent the 5th generation in this long lineage dating back to Imperial China.

When I was three or four years old, I started to learn herbal songs and how to identify herbs. As I got older, I was taught how to process the herbs while working in my dad’s clinic in Vietnam. After we immigrated to the United States, my dad asked me if I wanted to pursue a career in TCM as an herbalist or acupuncturist. I said, “No, just leave me alone, Dad. I will find something I enjoy doing for work.” So, he left me alone to find my own way.

I wanted nothing to do with herbal medicine until I gave birth to my second daughter, Catherine, who was born with severe gastric reflux. When Catherine was 10 days old, I had to take her to the ER for IV injections into her little hand because she couldn’t keep milk down. Besides vomiting, she also was having diarrhea. Catherine was losing nutrition from both ends, so her tiny body was shrinking. At that time my dad warned me, “She needs to be treated with herbal medicine, otherwise she will have seizures later on.” I didn’t fully understand what my dad was talking about, so I ignored him.

My daughter got so ill that she could only take half an ounce of milk per hour. Before feeding her, I would use a syringe and shoot Zantac into her mouth to lessen the vomiting. As time passed, she needed milk more often, and consequently more Zantac. By the time Catherine was 8 months old, she needed to be fed and medicated 11 times a day.

I could hardly sleep, eat, shower or rest. Even at night, I had to drape my daughter over my shoulder for her to sleep. If I put Catherine down, she would vomit. I barely had time to squeeze in a 5-minute shower once or twice a week for myself. I was exhausted, but what could I do? I had to care for my daughter and do my best to survive each day with the hope that she would get better or at the very least her condition would not worsen.

Catherine had to wear a turtleneck with two sweaters along with a baby cap and scarf to be outside during the heat of summer, even when temperatures were 100 plus degrees. If I didn’t cover her up, she would have a runny nose, cough, and non stop vomiting. How will she be able to go to school or anywhere with air conditioning?

One day we went to a Vietnamese pho restaurant. After I set Catherine down into the high-chair, I turned around and adjusted my chair. Then I heard a woman’s shout, “Look at her!” I looked in the direction she pointed. It was Catherine…her eyes rolled up and her entire body stiff and shaking with fluid coming out of her mouth. Someone said, “Squeeze some lemon into her mouth.” I did it without hesitating and Catherine’s body relaxed.

We rushed her to the ER. For 3 days she was in the NICU where they monitored her brain. The doctors told me I was lucky because my daughter’s seizure didn’t last for more than 3 minutes which would have damaged her brain. After that I always carried a piece of lemon because I had no idea when my baby girl might have another seizure.

The seizures started to come weekly, so the doctor prescribed anti-seizure medication. Catherine wasn’t even 1 year of age, and already she was taking Zantac 11 times plus anti-seizure medicine 3 times a day. It was nearly impossible to administer the anti-seizure medicine because whenever I took out the syringe, she would cry and start vomiting.

I took Catherine to see a specialist at CHOC. I asked, “Doctor, have you ever seen any infant with this condition get well?” The doctor replied, “It depends. Some will grow out of it, but some don’t. If they don’t, then they will have to take medication for the rest of their life.”

“What do you mean by grow out of it?” The doctor explained that Catherine might get better by herself as she got older.

My mind was racing. “All this time the prescribed medication has not been treating her stomach?” The doctor said, “No, it only helps to guide the food down, so she won’t vomit it back up. That’s why you have to give it to her before the feeding.”

“Well, what if she doesn’t grow out of it?” In that case, Catherine will be dependent upon medication for the rest of her life. The doctor further informed me that she too was born with gastro reflux and is still taking medicine for the condition.

Her statement was like lightning in my brain. If the doctor can’t even treat herself for gastro reflux, how can she help my daughter? Seeing the futility of my path, I turned to my dad for help.

My dad advised me to stop all western drugs and to give her an herbal prescription 3 times a day. Administering medicine 3 times instead of 14 times a day to Catherine was a godsend to me. Even though it sounded too good to be true, I figured that I could still give Zantac to Catherine if she didn’t get better or continued to vomit.

After one month of herbs 3 times a day, Catherine vomited less and less. To test Catherine, I let her cry to see if she would vomit. She didn’t, so I knew she was getting better. After another month of herbal medicine, Catherine was able to wear less clothing without getting a runny nose, coughing, or vomiting. After 3 months of herbal formulas, she stopped having episodes of gastro reflux and seizure. Catherine will enjoy a normal, healthy life.

Because of Catherine’s dramatic recovery, I was sold on Chinese medicine and asked my dad to treat me. I fainted very easily, especially during the winter. After a few months of herbal formulas, I have never fainted again.

I started to have time to think and tried to understand why a piece of lemon helps to relax the muscles and stop a seizure. Lemon is a common citrus, yet it has magical powers that we don’t understand and underestimate. I wanted to learn more and find answers, so I decided to go to China which has a long history of herbal medicine. I went to TCM schools in China and Hong Kong and worked in the TCM hospitals to learn from the best herbal doctors in the world.

When I was there, I knew one day I would want to become an herbalist, but how can I get a steady supply of high-quality herbs. My dad and I backpacked across China and visited many farmlands. We interviewed farmers to grow herbs for us. Our products are used with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre- or post-season.

After I came back to the United State, I worked with my dad and learned from his experiences and studied the formulas that our ancestors passed down. What I have been through helped me to understand the importance of health. Without health, don’t even talk about career, beauty, education, freedom, etc. I now have worked with many families who have suffered as I have. Their endearing appreciation drives me to work harder.

Our namesake "Silkie" is a Chinese breed of chicken that is well known for its calm and friendly temperament. They are gentle and caring and make wonderful mothers. A Silkie loves nothing more than brooding a cluster of eggs, whether they are hers or not, even if they are "duck eggs". We share the same outlook and care for our clients the same way we care for our own family.

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Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease (Yin): A Comprehensive Guide


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a long-term condition characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time. The kidneys play a crucial role in filtering waste products and excess fluids from the blood, regulating electrolyte balance, and producing hormones that help control blood pressure and stimulate red blood cell production.

Five Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can be classified into five stages based on the estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR), which measures how well the kidneys are filtering waste from the blood. These stages help healthcare providers assess the severity of kidney damage and determine appropriate treatment plans. Here are the five stages of CKD:

Stage 1 Chronic Kidney Disease


  • In this early stage, kidney function is mildly reduced, but individuals may not experience noticeable symptoms. The eGFR is above 90 milliliters per minute per 1.73 square meters, and kidney damage is minimal. Treatment primarily focuses on managing underlying conditions and preventing further kidney damage.

Stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease


  • Kidney function is moderately reduced in this stage, with an eGFR between 60 and 89 milliliters per minute per 1.73 square meters. While symptoms may still be mild or absent, there is a higher risk of progression to more severe CKD. Treatment aims to address underlying risk factors and slow the progression of kidney damage through lifestyle changes and medication.

Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease


This stage is divided into two sub-stages:

  • Stage 3a CKD: Kidney function is moderately to severely reduced, with an eGFR between 45 and 59 milliliters per minute per 1.73 square meters.
  • Stage 3b CKD: Kidney function is severely reduced, with an eGFR between 30 and 44 milliliters per minute per 1.73 square meters. Symptoms may become more noticeable, and individuals are at higher risk of complications such as anemia and bone disease. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms, slowing disease progression, and preventing complications.

Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease


  • Kidney function is severely reduced in this stage, with an eGFR between 15 and 29 milliliters per minute per 1.73 square meters. Symptoms are often more pronounced, and individuals may experience complications such as fluid retention, high blood pressure, and electrolyte imbalances. Treatment may involve more intensive interventions such as dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and preparation for kidney replacement therapy (dialysis or transplant).

Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease


  • (End-Stage Renal Disease, ESRD): This is the most advanced stage of CKD, characterized by kidney failure and an eGFR below 15 milliliters per minute per 1.73 square meters. In ESRD, the kidneys are no longer able to function effectively, leading to a buildup of waste products and fluid in the body. Treatment options include kidney replacement therapy such as dialysis or kidney transplantation. ESRD requires ongoing medical management and close monitoring to maintain health and quality of life.

Western Medicine Perspective on Chronic Kidney Disease


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive condition characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time. Here's an overview from a Western medicine perspective, covering causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management strategies:

Causes


Several diseases and conditions can contribute to the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Some of the most common ones include:

  • Diabetes: Uncontrolled diabetes is one of the leading causes of CKD. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys over time, leading to kidney damage and reduced function.
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Persistent high blood pressure can strain the kidneys, causing damage to the blood vessels and filtering units (nephrons) in the kidneys.

Causes


  • Glomerulonephritis: This condition involves inflammation of the glomeruli, which are the small blood vessels in the kidneys responsible for filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Chronic or repeated episodes of glomerulonephritis can lead to CKD.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD): PKD is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of cysts in the kidneys. These cysts can interfere with kidney function over time, eventually leading to CKD.
  • Autoimmune Diseases: Certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus nephritis and IgA nephropathy, can cause inflammation and damage to the kidneys, leading to CKD.

Causes


  • Kidney Infections: Severe or recurrent kidney infections (pyelonephritis) can cause scarring and damage to the kidneys, leading to CKD.
  • Urinary Tract Obstructions: Blockages in the urinary tract, such as kidney stones, tumors, or enlarged prostate glands, can obstruct the flow of urine and lead to kidney damage over time.
  • Recurrent Kidney Stones: Chronic kidney stone disease can cause damage to the kidneys and increase the risk of developing CKD.

Causes


  • Vascular Diseases: Conditions that affect the blood vessels, such as atherosclerosis or vasculitis, can impair blood flow to the kidneys and cause kidney damage over time.
  • Congenital Kidney Abnormalities: Some individuals may be born with structural abnormalities of the kidneys or urinary tract, which can increase the risk of developing CKD later in life.
  • Other factors: Other factors contributing to CKD include certain medications.

Symptoms


  • Early stages of CKD may be asymptomatic or have subtle symptoms, such as fatigue, trouble concentrating, and mild swelling of the ankles.
  • As CKD progresses, symptoms may include swelling of the legs and ankles, fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, changes in urine output (increased or decreased), persistent itching, muscle cramps, and difficulty sleeping.

Diagnosis


  • Blood tests: Measurement of serum creatinine and calculation of estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) to assess kidney function.
  • Urine tests: Analysis of urine for the presence of protein (albuminuria), blood, and other markers of kidney damage.
  • Imaging tests: Ultrasound, CT scans, or MRI to evaluate the size and structure of the kidneys.
  • Kidney biopsy: In some cases, a biopsy may be performed to examine a small sample of kidney tissue for signs of damage or disease.

Treatment


  • Management of underlying conditions: Controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes, managing hypertension, and treating other contributing factors.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Following a healthy diet low in salt, potassium, and phosphorus, maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and quitting smoking.
  • Medications: Prescription medications to control blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, manage anemia, and treat complications such as bone disease and itching.
  • Dialysis: In advanced stages of CKD (ESRD), dialysis may be necessary to perform the kidney's functions of filtering waste products and excess fluids from the blood.
  • Kidney transplantation: For eligible candidates, kidney transplantation offers the best long-term outcomes and quality of life.

Management Strategies


  • Regular monitoring: Close monitoring of kidney function through blood tests, urine tests, and blood pressure measurements.
  • Medication adherence: Following prescribed treatment regimens and taking medications as directed by healthcare providers.
  • Diet and nutrition counseling: Working with a registered dietitian to develop a kidney-friendly diet plan tailored to individual needs.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, stress management techniques, and smoking cessation.
  • Patient education: Providing patients with information about CKD, its progression, treatment options, and self-care strategies to empower them to manage their condition effectively.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective on Chronic Kidney Disease


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chronic kidney disease (CKD) is viewed through the lens of holistic health, focusing on restoring balance and harmony within the body. TCM practitioners believe that CKD can result from various imbalances in the body's internal environment and aim to address these imbalances through personalized treatment approaches. Here's a breakdown of the TCM perspective on CKD:

Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease in TCM


  • Imbalance of Yin and Yang: TCM attributes CKD to imbalances between Yin and Yang energies within the body. Factors such as chronic illness, emotional stress, poor diet, and environmental factors can disrupt this balance, leading to kidney dysfunction over time.
  • Internal Dampness and Phlegm: Excessive dampness and phlegm accumulation in the body can obstruct the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood to the kidneys, impairing their function and contributing to CKD.
  • Kidney Qi Deficiency: TCM emphasizes the importance of Kidney Qi in maintaining overall health. Deficiency or weakness of Kidney Qi can predispose individuals to CKD, making them more susceptible to kidney damage.
  • Blood Stagnation: Stagnation of blood circulation, often due to factors like poor circulation or chronic illness, can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the kidneys, contributing to CKD.

Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease in TCM


TCM practitioners identify a range of symptoms associated with CKD, including 

  • Nocturnal emissions
  • Impaired sexual function
  • Lower back pain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis
  • Chronic nephritis and renal failure
  • Weakness in the lower limbs
  • Bone density loss leading to osteoporosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Urinary issues such as frequent urination during the day and nocturia (excessive urination at night after 3 am)
  • Edema, characterized by swelling
  • Alterations in urine volume or appearance.

Diagnosis in TCM


TCM diagnosis of CKD involves a comprehensive assessment of the patient's medical history, symptoms, tongue appearance, and pulse quality. Practitioners may also use diagnostic techniques such as palpation and observation to identify patterns of disharmony in the body.

Treatment and Management Strategies in TCM


  • Herbal Medicine: TCM practitioners prescribe herbal formulations with Chinese herb for Kidney disease tailored to address the specific underlying imbalances contributing to CKD. Common herbs used for CKD include Prepared Rehmannia Root (Shu Di Huang), Cassia Bark (Rou Gui), and Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong).
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture, the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, is used to regulate the flow of Qi and blood, alleviate pain, and promote kidney function in CKD patients.
  • Dietary Therapy: TCM emphasizes the importance of dietary modifications in managing CKD. Recommendations may include reducing the intake of salty, spicy, and greasy foods while emphasizing the consumption of nourishing, kidney-friendly foods such as grains, legumes, and leafy greens.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Lifestyle factors such as stress management, regular exercise, and adequate rest are integral to TCM treatment strategies for CKD. Practitioners may also recommend practices like Qi Gong or Tai Chi to promote overall health and well-being.

What is Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang in TCM?


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the concepts of Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang are fundamental aspects of the body's vital energy, known as Qi. They represent the complementary forces of Yin and Yang within the kidneys, which play crucial roles in maintaining overall health and balance.

What is Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang in TCM?


  • Kidney Yin: Kidney Yin represents the nurturing, cooling, and nourishing aspect of kidney energy. It embodies the principles of stillness, moisture, and substance. Kidney Yin is responsible for providing the body with the foundational essence necessary for growth, development, and reproduction. It governs aspects of the body's fluid metabolism, regulates hormonal balance, and supports the health of the reproductive system.

What is Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang in TCM?


  • Kidney Yang: Kidney Yang, on the other hand, embodies the dynamic, warming, and active aspect of kidney energy. It represents movement, warmth, and transformation. Kidney Yang is responsible for providing the body with the necessary energy and warmth to fuel physiological processes, such as digestion, metabolism, and circulation. It also supports structural integrity, providing strength to the bones, tendons, and ligaments.

Imbalance Between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang


In TCM philosophy, the interaction and balance between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang are essential for overall health and well-being. When Yin and Yang are in harmony, the body functions optimally, and health is maintained. However, imbalances or deficiencies in Kidney Yin or Kidney Yang can lead to various health issues and symptoms.

Imbalance Between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang


  • Kidney Yin Deficiency: When Kidney Yin is deficient, there may be symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, dry mouth and throat, insomnia, and a feeling of heat in the palms, soles, or chest. This deficiency may lead to hormonal imbalances, reproductive issues, and symptoms related to dryness and depletion of fluids in the body.

Imbalance Between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang


  • Kidney Yang Deficiency: When Kidney Yang is deficient, there may be symptoms such as cold intolerance, fatigue, weakness, lower back pain, frequent urination, and reproductive issues such as impotence or infertility. This deficiency may result in a lack of warmth and energy in the body, leading to a sluggish metabolism and poor circulation.

Why The Kidneys Are Important To Our Body


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are super important because they are the headquarters for the body's energy and vitality. Here's why they matter so much:

  • Regulating Water Metabolism: In TCM, the Kidneys are responsible for controlling the balance of fluids: Blood, sweat, tears, saliva, urine, fluid in digestion and stool, sexual fluid, and menstrual fluid in the body. They determine how much water should be retained and how much should be excreted as urine. This function helps maintain overall hydration and is related to the concept of Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang.

Why The Kidneys Are Important To Our Body


  • Energy Source: TCM says the Kidneys store a special kind of energy called "Kidney Qi." This energy powers everything your body does, from growing to staying healthy.
  • Life Force: TCM believes in something called "Kidney Essence or Kidney Jing," which is like your life's battery. It affects how you grow, how fertile you are, and how healthy you are.
  • Aging Gracefully: The Kidneys are linked to how well you age. TCM thinks that if you keep the Kidneys healthy, you age more slowly.
  • Making Babies: The Kidneys are also tied to reproduction. Having strong Kidney energy can help with fertility and having healthy kids.

Why The Kidneys Are Important To Our Body


  • Strong Bones:  The Kidneys also regulate calcium levels in the body. Healthy Kidneys mean strong bones and healthy marrow that keep the blood and immune system in top shape. 
  • Mood and Courage: The Kidneys are the source of willpower and bravery. They are linked to how you handle stress and fear. When the Kidneys are off, it can mess with your mood.
  • Great Hair: In TCM, the condition of your hair is linked to Kidney health. Healthy Kidneys mean great-looking hair.
  • Peeing: Since the Kidneys are involved in filtering stuff out of the blood, they also make sure you pee properly and get rid of waste.
  • Cleaning the Blood: They remove waste and excess fluids from the blood, turning it into urine. This helps keep your blood clean and healthy.

Why The Kidneys Are Important To Our Body


  • Balancing Minerals: The Kidneys make sure your body has the right amount of minerals like salt, calcium, and potassium. These minerals are important for your muscles and nerves to work properly.
  • Controlling Blood Pressure: They help control blood pressure, which is important for your heart and overall health.
  • Keeping the Blood at the Right pH: They help keep the blood's acidity at the right level. This is important for your body's enzymes to work properly.
  • Making Red Blood Cells: The Kidneys produce a hormone that tells the body to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.
  • Regulating Blood Sugar: They play a role in managing blood sugar levels.

Common Symptoms For Kidney Yin Deficiency


  • Hot Flashes: Feelings of heat or warmth, especially in the palms, soles, or chest.
  • Night Sweats: Excessive sweating during sleep, often soaking through clothes or bed linens.
  • Dry Mouth and Throat: Persistent dryness in the mouth and throat, leading to thirst and discomfort.
  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night.
  • Dizziness or Vertigo: Sensations of lightheadedness, unsteadiness, or spinning.

Common Symptoms For Kidney Yin Deficiency


  • Tinnitus: Ringing, buzzing, or other noises in the ears, often associated with Yin deficiency.
  • Sore or Weak Lower Back and Knees: Chronic dull pain or weakness in the lower back and knees.
  • Emotional Instability: Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression, often exacerbated by stress.
  • Dry Skin and Hair: Lack of moisture in the skin and hair, leading to dryness, itching, or flakiness.
  • Thinning Hair or Premature Graying: Hair loss or graying of hair at an earlier age than usual.

Common Symptoms For Kidney Yin Deficiency


  • Autoimmune Disease: Conditions where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues.
  • Lower Limb Weakness: Weakness or fatigue in the muscles of the lower limbs.
  • Head Dizziness: Sensations of dizziness or lightheadedness, particularly in the head.
  • Night Peeing: Increased frequency of urination during the night.
  • Bone Steam and Hot Flashes: Sensations of heat or warmth in the bones, often accompanied by hot flashes.

Common Symptoms For Kidney Yin Deficiency


  • Nourishing Liver and Kidney: Supporting the health and function of the liver and kidneys.
  • High Blood Pressure and Diabetes: Conditions characterized by elevated blood pressure levels and impaired glucose metabolism.
  • Neurasthenia and Menopausal Syndrome: Conditions involving fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms related to the nervous system or menopause.
  • Arrhythmias: Irregular heart rhythms or palpitations.
  • Chronic Prostatitis, Enuresis, and Lupus Erythematosus: Chronic inflammation of the prostate gland, bedwetting, and an autoimmune disease affecting multiple organs and tissues.

Let's use the analogy of hot weather and cool weather to illustrate the concept of balancing the Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In TCM, the balance between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang can be likened to the harmony between hot weather and cool weather.

Kidney Yin: Picture Kidney Yin as the cool weather. It represents the nourishing, calming, and moistening aspects of the body's energy. Just as cool weather brings relief and refreshment, Kidney Yin nourishes and moisturizes the body's tissues, regulates fluids, and maintains a balanced internal environment. When Kidney Yin is in balance, it keeps the body's systems functioning smoothly, akin to enjoying the comfort of a cool breeze on a warm day.

Kidney Yang: Conversely, Kidney Yang can be compared to hot weather. It embodies the warming, invigorating, and activating qualities within the body. Similar to how hot weather brings warmth and energy, Kidney Yang fuels metabolism, promotes circulation, and provides the necessary vitality for bodily functions. When Kidney Yang is balanced, it fosters warmth, activity, and vigor throughout the body, much like the energy and vibrancy of a sunny day.

In TCM, maintaining the balance between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang is essential for overall health and well-being. Just as a harmonious blend of hot and cool weather creates a comfortable environment, a harmonious interplay between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang ensures optimal physiological functioning.

When there's an imbalance between these two energies, it can lead to various health issues. For example, if Kidney Yin is deficient, it's like experiencing excessive heat without relief, leading to dryness, irritability, and depletion of bodily fluids. Conversely, if Kidney Yang is deficient, it's akin to lacking the warmth and energy needed for proper functioning, resulting in coldness, sluggishness, and weakened metabolic processes.

TCM treatments aim to restore balance between Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang by addressing the root causes of imbalance. This may involve acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary adjustments, or lifestyle modifications tailored to nourish and support both Yin and Yang energies. By fostering harmony between these vital forces, TCM promotes overall health, vitality, and resilience, much like finding the perfect balance between hot and cool weather for optimal well-being.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) boasts an extensive history of herbal treatment, developed over thousands of years, offering valuable insights. In contrast to Western herbalism's reliance on single herbs at high doses, TCM utilizes combinations of 4 to 10 herbs, working synergistically to address various body imbalances. This approach enhances positive effects and minimizes negative side effects. TCM formulas not only alleviate symptoms but also target the root cause of the imbalance, allowing for reduced or discontinued herbal intake as health improves.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


While the medical industry and research groups focus on isolating and extracting specific compounds from herbs or herbal extracts offer concentrated compounds for new treatments, this approach may limit the benefits. The process of extracting herbs often involves the use of solvents or high heat, which can degrade the quality of the active compounds and may also introduce harmful residues. TCM emphasizes the use of whole herbs, where naturally occurring compounds complement each other, maximizing therapeutic effects.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Silkie is the result of five generations of experience and wisdom in Chinese Medicine. We start with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality. Our supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. We don't use any fillers or artificial ingredients because this is how our great-grandfathers did it and we carry on that tradition.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Herbal formulations take years and years to master and the most potent formulas are often kept as family or lineage secrets. This rich tradition is a very valuable gift from previous generations. With five generations of crafting formulas to help the local community, we have refined the herbal blends for modern life. 

Silkie utilizes herbal formulations tailored to individual patterns of imbalance. These formulas typically consist of a combination of herbs chosen for their synergistic effects in addressing both the symptoms and root causes.

Introducing the Highest Quality Herbs Inside Kidney Support Yin

In TCM, Fresh Rehmannia Root (Sheng Di Huang)

Nature and Flavor: Sheng Di Huang is classified as a yin-tonifying herb with a cooling nature. Its taste is described as bitter and sweet.

Meridian Affinity: It primarily affects the Heart, Liver, and Kidney meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Nourishing Yin and Fluids: Fresh Rehmannia Root is renowned for its ability to nourish Yin, particularly the Kidney and Liver Yin. It replenishes bodily fluids, alleviates dryness, and restores moisture in cases of Yin deficiency.
  2. Clearing Heat and Cooling Blood: This herb possesses remarkable heat-clearing properties, making it invaluable in addressing conditions characterized by heat and toxicity. It helps cool the blood, reducing symptoms such as fever, irritability, and bleeding disorders.
  3. Nourishing Blood: Sheng Di Huang also has blood-tonifying effects, enhancing blood circulation, and addressing symptoms associated with blood deficiency, such as pale complexion, dizziness, and palpitations.

Common Applications:

  • Yin deficiency with heat signs: Sheng Di Huang is often used to treat conditions like night sweats, hot flashes, and irritability.
  • Bleeding disorders: Its cooling properties make it effective in managing various bleeding disorders, including nosebleeds and bloody urine.
  • Nourishing Yin and Blood: It's frequently included in formulas to nourish Yin and blood, promoting overall vitality and wellness.

Preparation and Dosage: Sheng Di Huang can be used in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) Dosage may vary depending on the specific condition and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit (Shan Zhu Yu)

Nature and Flavor: Shan Zhu Yu is characterized as sour and slightly astringent in taste. It is considered warm in nature, making it suitable for tonifying the body's vital energy.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Liver and Kidney meridians, though it also influences the Heart and Lung meridians to a lesser extent.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Tonifying Liver and Kidney: Shan Zhu Yu is prized for its ability to tonify the Liver and Kidney organs, promoting their functions and enhancing vitality. It's commonly used to address deficiencies in these organs, which can manifest as symptoms like lower back pain, weakness, and fatigue.
  2. Stabilizing Essence and Controlling Urination: It helps stabilize Jing essence, which is considered the basis of vitality in TCM. By doing so, it can alleviate symptoms of urinary frequency, incontinence, and seminal emissions caused by Kidney deficiency.
  3. Containing Bodily Fluids: Shan Zhu Yu has astringent properties, which help contain bodily fluids and prevent their loss. This makes it beneficial for addressing conditions characterized by excessive sweating, urinary leakage, or chronic diarrhea.

Common Applications:

  • Kidney deficiency: Shan Zhu Yu is often included in formulas aimed at tonifying Kidney Qi and Yin, particularly in cases of lumbar weakness, nocturnal emissions, or urinary issues.
  • Liver deficiency: It can also be used to tonify Liver Blood and Yin, helping to alleviate symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes.
  • Diarrhea and excessive sweating: Its astringent properties make it effective in controlling the loss of bodily fluids, thus addressing symptoms of chronic diarrhea, spontaneous sweating, and urinary incontinence.

Preparation and Dosage: Shan Zhu Yu can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Common Yam Rhizome (Shan Yao)

Nature and Flavor: Shan Yao is classified as sweet and neutral in taste, making it gentle on the digestive system and suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Spleen and Lung meridians, though it also influences the Kidney and Stomach meridians to some extent.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Tonifying the Spleen and Stomach: Shan Yao is renowned for its ability to tonify the Spleen and Stomach organs, enhancing digestive function and promoting the absorption of nutrients. It's commonly used to address deficiencies in these organs, which can manifest as symptoms like poor appetite, fatigue, and loose stools.
  2. Nourishing Yin and Moistening the Lungs: It also has gentle nourishing properties, particularly beneficial for nourishing Yin fluids and moistening dryness in the body. This makes it useful for addressing symptoms such as dry cough, dry mouth, and thirst.
  3. Stabilizing Essence and Tonifying the Kidneys: Shan Yao is considered a kidney tonic, helping to stabilize Jing essence and support kidney function. It can be used to alleviate symptoms of kidney deficiency, such as lower back pain, weakness in the knees, and nocturnal emissions.

Common Applications:

  • Digestive disorders: Shan Yao is frequently included in formulas aimed at tonifying the Spleen and Stomach, promoting digestion, and alleviating symptoms of poor appetite, loose stools, and fatigue.
  • Lung dryness: Its moistening properties make it beneficial for addressing dry cough, dry throat, and other symptoms of lung dryness.
  • Kidney deficiency: Shan Yao is also used to tonify Kidney Yin and Yang, promoting overall vitality and addressing symptoms such as lower back pain, tinnitus, and frequent urination.

Preparation and Dosage: Shan Yao can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Poria (Fu Ling)

Nature and Flavor: Fu Ling is classified as sweet and bland in taste and neutral in nature. This makes it gentle on the digestive system and suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Spleen, Lung, and Heart meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Draining Dampness: Fu Ling is renowned for its ability to drain dampness from the body, helping to alleviate symptoms such as edema, diarrhea, and urinary difficulties. Dampness is considered a pathogenic factor in TCM, and excess dampness can lead to a variety of health issues.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen: It strengthens the Spleen and promotes healthy digestion, making it useful for addressing symptoms of Spleen deficiency, such as poor appetite, loose stools, and fatigue.
  3. Calming the Mind: Fu Ling has a calming effect on the mind, helping to soothe irritability, anxiety, and insomnia. It is often used in formulas aimed at promoting emotional well-being and reducing stress.

Common Applications:

  • Dampness-related conditions: Fu Ling is frequently included in formulas aimed at draining dampness from the body, such as those used to treat edema, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.
  • Digestive disorders: Its Spleen-tonifying properties make it beneficial for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as poor appetite, abdominal bloating, and loose stools.
  • Emotional imbalances: Fu Ling's calming effects on the mind make it useful for promoting emotional stability and reducing symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.

Preparation and Dosage: Fu Ling can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Fruit of Palmleaf Raspberry (Fu Pen Zi)

Nature and Flavor: Fu Pen Zi is classified as sweet and slightly sour in taste and warm in nature. This combination of flavors and properties makes it beneficial for tonifying and warming the body.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Liver and Kidney meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Tonifying the Kidneys: Fu Pen Zi is prized for its ability to tonify Kidney Yang, promoting vitality, strength, and reproductive health. It is often used to address symptoms of Kidney deficiency, such as lower back pain, weakness in the knees, and frequent urination.
  2. Nourishing the Liver: It also tonifies Liver Yin and Blood, helping to promote liver health and function. This can be beneficial for addressing symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes.
  3. Improving Vision: Fu Pen Zi is traditionally used to support eye health and improve vision. Its nourishing properties help to strengthen the eyes and alleviate symptoms of eye strain and fatigue.

Common Applications:

  • Kidney deficiency: Fu Pen Zi is frequently included in formulas aimed at tonifying Kidney Yang, particularly in cases of lower back pain, impotence, and infertility.
  • Liver deficiency: It can also be used to nourish Liver Yin and Blood, addressing symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes.
  • Eye health: Fu Pen Zi is traditionally used to support eye health and improve vision, making it a valuable component in formulas aimed at addressing eye strain and fatigue.

Preparation and Dosage: Fu Pen Zi can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Pure Honey

Nature and Flavor: Pure honey is classified as sweet in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet flavor makes it appealing for culinary use, while its neutral nature makes it suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: Honey has a harmonizing effect on all meridians, making it a versatile substance that can be used to support overall health and balance in the body.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Moistening and Nourishing: Honey is renowned for its ability to moisten and nourish the body, particularly the lungs and stomach. It helps alleviate dryness and promotes the production of bodily fluids, making it beneficial for conditions such as dry cough, dry throat, and constipation.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen and Stomach: It has a tonifying effect on the Spleen and Stomach organs, helping to strengthen digestion and improve appetite. This makes honey useful for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as bloating, indigestion, and fatigue.
  3. Soothing and Calming: Honey has a soothing and calming effect on the body and mind, making it beneficial for promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help improve sleep quality and promote overall well-being.
  4. Promotes Wound Healing and Acts as Preservative: Accelerates wound healing, prevents infection, and serves as a natural preservative with antibacterial properties.

Common Applications:

  • Respiratory conditions: Honey is often used to soothe and alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as coughs, sore throats, and congestion. It can be taken alone or combined with other herbs to enhance its therapeutic effects.
  • Digestive disorders: Its tonifying properties make honey beneficial for improving digestion and alleviating symptoms of poor appetite, indigestion, and bloating.
  • General health and wellness: Honey is commonly used as a natural sweetener and food supplement to support overall health and vitality.

Preparation and Dosage: Pure honey can be consumed on its own or added to herbal teas, decoctions, or other medicinal preparations. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual's constitution. It's essential to use high-quality, unpasteurized honey to ensure maximum therapeutic benefits.

Combining Herbal Formulas Togethers

Combining herbal formulas can effectively address multiple health concerns or enhance overall well-being.

  • Consider Patterns: Identify underlying imbalances or health concerns before combining formulas to ensure compatibility.
  • Address Multiple Symptoms: Choose formulas targeting different health aspects to address multiple symptoms simultaneously.
  • Timing Matters: Consider organ functions according to the Silkie 24 Hour Wellness Wheel. For instance, take Liver and Gallbladder formulas post-dinner or around 7 pm, while Lung and Large Intestinal formulas are best taken upon waking or at 7 am.
  • Synergistic Actions: Look for herbs with complementary actions to enhance overall effectiveness, such as pairing anti-inflammatory with immune-boosting herbs.
  • Ensure Compatibility: Check compatibility and safety of combined herbs, avoiding conflicting actions or interactions. Consult trusted herbalists for guidance.
  • Customize Dosages: Adjust individual herb dosages based on personal needs and tolerance levels for optimal therapeutic effects.
  • Monitor Effects: Pay attention to body responses and modify combinations as needed. Seek guidance from trusted herbalists for personalized consultation.

Herbal Formula Combinations for Kidneys Related Conditions

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Kidney Support Yin


Silkie's Kidney Support Yin formula is made with the highest quality herbs that are carefully selected and harvested at their peak potency. While this means they are substantially more expensive, it is why our clients see substantially more noticeable results. The use of natural honey as a binder for the pills is a tradition that Silkie Herbs has proudly maintained, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of their supplements. The avoidance of fillers and artificial ingredients further reinforces our commitment to the natural and traditional methods of herbal preparation.

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Kidney Support Yin


Five generations of Silkie Herbs' expertise have resulted in a highly effective herbal formula that you can trust for your health. By utilizing Chinese herbal plant-based remedies for Kidney Support Yin, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle modifications, individuals can effectively manage Kidney function symptoms and improve overall well-being.