Category Archives: Kidney Disease

Difference between ki and qi deficiency?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, In traditional Chinese medicine, is there a difference between “ki deficiency” and “qi deficiency”? A: “Ki” in this case refers to “kidney”. There are many differences between kidney deficiency and qi deficiency. The kidneys are the root of the person and house the primordial essence, which in turn drives the body’s…

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How to lower creatinine in blood?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, The creatinine in my blood has been measured at 5.8. How can I lower the creatinine in my blood? A: Creatinine is a breakdown byproduct of creatine phosphate, which is produced in the muscle at a constant rate. The kidneys are responsible for filtering this byproduct out and excreting it through…

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How to avoid kidney stones?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you explain what a kidney stone is and how it can be avoided? A: The kidneys help remove toxins from the body through urination. Sometimes, excess calcium and other minerals in the body become stuck in the tiny vessels within the kidney where the filtration of the blood and urine…

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