It is often said that tonifying the kidney can enhance yang, but some people believe that the two are not the same concept. So is tonifying the kidney and enhancing yang the same thing? Nowadays, many people have a misconception about tonifying the kidney: they believe that kidney deficiency is a decrease in sexual function, and tonifying the kidney is to enhance yang. This is a misunderstanding. Poor sexual function is caused by many factors, and treatment must adhere to the principle of "treating the situation according to the case and treating it dialectically". There are many traps for traditional Chinese medicine to enhance yang. Men should be careful when taking it.
The heat of "Chinese herbal aphrodisiac" should be moderately cooled. Although some traditional Chinese medicine herbs, such as dodder seed, ginseng, epimedium, cynomorium, deer antler, and hippocampus, have certain effects on improving sexual function, they often follow the chronic mild route of strengthening the foundation, nourishing the body, and it is very difficult to achieve the "immediate" effect like Western medicine.
Zhuang Yang Beware of These Mistakes
1. "Kidney tonifying" is to enhance yang
Middle aged men mistakenly believe that kidney tonics are "aphrodisiacs" and believe that they are effective once taken. Tang Shui Fu explained that "deficiency" is mainly the result of low function and nutrient deficiency. Kidney deficiency can manifest as kidney related dysfunction. For example, slow brain response, short stature, low sexual function, susceptibility to fractures, excessive nocturia, inability to hold urine, and weak waist and legs. These are also common conditions among middle-aged people, but they cannot be generalized. Any occurrence of these symptoms is definitely caused by kidney deficiency.
2. Taking tonics indiscriminately regardless of yin and yang
The concept of kidney in traditional Chinese medicine is mainly from a functional perspective, covering some physiological functions of the human body's reproductive, urinary, neurological, endocrine, respiratory, skeletal and other tissues and organs. The kidney in traditional Chinese medicine is difficult to understand from the perspective of Western medicine, as the concept of kidney in Western medicine is only based on anatomy.
The practice of blindly tonifying the kidney without distinguishing between "yin deficiency" and "yang deficiency" is wrong. Kidney deficiency is divided into five types: Kidney Yin deficiency (fear of cold), Kidney Yang deficiency (dry mouth and throat, easy to catch fire), Kidney Qi deficiency (insufficient energy, excessive nocturia), Kidney Essence deficiency (prone to hair loss and weak semen), and Yin Yang deficiency (fear of cold and heat).
Traditional Chinese medicine has always emphasized the balance of yin and yang in the human body. If "yin deficiency" leads to "tonifying yang" or "yang deficiency" leads to "tonifying yin", it will disrupt the balance of the human body and worsen the condition. For example, if a person with kidney yin deficiency takes the Golden Chamber Kidney Qi Pill, it is incorrect because this medicine is for tonifying yang and is suitable for people with kidney yang deficiency. Therefore, when using traditional Chinese medicine to tonify the kidney, it is necessary to first differentiate the symptoms and signs.
3. Adding Traditional Chinese Medicine to Improve Drug Efficacy
On the market, many traditional Chinese medicines that claim to "improve erectile function immediately after taking" actually add "ingredients", such as sildenafil and other western medicine ingredients. Some medicinal wines even have "Viagra" tablets directly dissolved in them. According to Zheng Dequan, sildenafil is a vasoactive ingredient, which can improve penis erection and has a quick effect after taking the medicine.
However, when mixed with traditional Chinese and Western medicine, it is very difficult to control the dosage, and there is inevitably a concern about the compatibility of medicinal properties. Especially the patients with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases should not drink the so-called "aphrodisiac wine" blindly.