A Website Visitor Asks:
Can Kidney Yang Tonic help with hypothyroidism, after the thyroid has been removed?
That is an interesting question. In Chinese medicine, the “Kidney” is an energetic organ system relating to various functions, and the energetic channel that acupuncturists utilize and is also part of the system. Hypothyroidism is typically related to the Kidney Yang Deficiency in TCM, and if you have indications of Kidney Deficiency, than the tonics will be of benefit. Note that one indication, such as hypothyroidism, is not enough to make a diagnosis of Kidney Deficiency; you would have several that begin to form a pattern. Take care when utilizing a Kidney Yang tonic such as our Ancestor Treasure formula. What we typically do in clinic in this situation is utilize Yin Valley and Ancestor Treasurer formulas together. Please peruse the Yin/Yang article to understand how to balance Yin and Yang in the body, and why it is important.
Never knew the connection between thyroid and the kidney. I suppose there is no harm in trying to see if it makes any difference to overall health. Thanks for the that but if renal functions come out to be within range, what’s next?
Hi Thyroid Guy!
I think you are confusing the western medical perspective of kidney function and the Chinese medical perspective of Kidney energetic organ system function; they are quite different: http://agelessherbs.com/organ-systems/