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As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to term. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist. In this article, we will discuss What is kidney function In traditional Chinese medicine in treating infertility.

I. Definition
The kidneys are paired organs in our body. Besides maintaining the production of urine and urinary secretion, it also responsible for a number of other homoeostatic functions including re-absorption of glucose, amino acids, and production of hormones.

II. How kidney qi effects fertility
A. Kidney jing
Kidney jing is defined as a fluid like base substance which form the material basis for production of kidney qi. Beside helping to control the growth of bones, teeth, hair, brain development and sexual maturation in the childhood, it also plays an important role in regulating the reproductive function such as fertility and normal development into adulthood.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, conception and pregnancy are regulated and controlled by kidney jing. weakening of kidney jing causes infertility, miscarriage and other reproductive problems.

B. Kidney qi deficiency
1. In men
a) Kidney yang deficiency
Kidney yang deficiency is defined as a imbalance of qi with abundant of yin, leading to abnormal function in urinary secretion and problem of reproductive system including erectile dysfunction and sexual libido. Symptoms of kidney yang deficiency also includes feeling cold, fatigue, loss of energy,etc. Since kidney plays an important role in sperm productive, deficiency of kidney yang decreases the quality of sperm.
b) Kidney yin deficiency
Kidney yin is also called primordial yin, true yin or true water. It's function is to keep our body cool and moist. Deficiency of kidney yin causes kidney stone, scanty urinary, dry mouth and loss of body fluid, leading to low quality of sperm production as resulting in increasing heat in the testes,

2. In women
a) Kidney yang deficiency
Since kidney plays an important role in regulating the women reproductive organs. Deficiency of yang may be caused by hormone imbalance or eating habit, thyroid diseases etc. resulting in prolonged menstrual cycle, pale appearance, frequent urine, low back pain, etc. and leading to abnormal hormone production in glands that interferes with normal fertility.

b) Kidney yin deficiency
As opposite to kidney yang deficiency, it is caused by over abundant of heat and fire in the body that red face appearance, dizziness, insomnia and abnormal menstrual cycle including light discharge with red and no clot as resulting of irregular blood flow in the body. It also distorts the reproductive hormone secretion including thick and sticky cervical mucus which is hostile to sperm invasion.

According to Chinese medicine, a couple are required to have a healthy kidney jing and a balance of kidney qi to conceive.

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