Governing Vessel (GV) 4. This point warms the kidney yang and activates circulation along the spine. It can be used in weakness of the hind legs, stiffness in the legs, urine dribbling and incontinence due to kidney yang deficiency. It it one of the main warming points of the body and is used to relieve cold.
Location: On the midline of the back between the second and third lumbar vertebrae.
Point work: Use mild finger pressure, in a short back and forth motion over the point.
Urinary Bladder (BL) 23. This is the association point of the kidney and is used to balance the organ. Use it to warm the kidney. It will aid in incontinence, bladder straining, scanty, frequent amounts of urine and weakness and stiffness in the rear legs.
Location: In the depressions in the muscle on both sides of the spine, between the second and third lumbar vertebrae.
Point work: Use your finger do a circular motion outward from the spine or a gentle, rocking, back and forth motion into the point.
Stomach (ST) 36. This point boosts qi in the lower portion of the body. Qi helps the yang and is useful in digestive disorders, abdominal bloating and coldness.
Conception Vessel (CV) 4. This point will help to stabilize the kidney, regulate the qi and restore the yang of the kidneys. It is helpful for incontinence, diarrhea and a weak urine stream. It can also aid in irregular ovarian cycles, infertility, loss of libido and low sperm counts.
Location: On the midline of the lower abdomen. Visualize a line connecting the umbilicus (navel) and the pelvis. The point is about two thirds of the way down from the umbilicus.
Point work: Use small circular motions or hold the point for 15 seconds. To enhance the treatment, gently massage the lower half of the abdomen using upward strokes from the pelvic bone to the umbilicus (navel). This will direct the flow of yang and qi upward.
Chinese Herbs for Kidney Yang Disorders
Golden Book Tea. This is a kidney yin formulation, of Liu Wei Di Huang Wan contains: Rehmannia to nourish the yin and the blood, Cornus to nourish the kidney and liver yin, Dioscorea for nourishing the qi, Hoelen to promote urination, Alisma to clear kidney fire and Mountan to clear heat in general, Cinnamon and a nontoxic form of Aconite, to warm the kidney. It is prescribed for sexual dysfunctions, also for frequent, copious urination that is worse during cold weather and at night, low back pain and weak hind legs, abdominal distention and asthma that worsens during cold weather.
This formula nourishes blood, liver and spleen, will help promote urination, it is useful in thirst, constipation, low-back pain, hot, itchy feet, face and skin, weight loss, insecurity and agitation.
Example Dose for Cats: 1 pill, twice daily, given with food.
Wild Carrot. The flowers and upper parts of the plant are used for urinary problems, while the root aids in restoring the sexual organs.
Example Dose for Cats: Using tincture, mix 5 to 10 drops in 1 ounce of distilled water. Suggested Dose: 1 dropperful, once or twice daily. NOTE: This herb should not be given to pregnant animals because it can stimulate uterine contractions.
Supplements to Strengthen Kidney Yang
NOTE: If you are using vitamins B or buffered C, remember this is a cold condition and these vitamins may increase the tendency to coldness and diarrhea. If there is ulceration in the stomach or a tendency to vomit, vitamin C may not be tolerated well. If you do use them they should be given in lower doses than what would be normally prescribed for a yin deficiency (see above).
Warming and neutral foods will help nourish the spleen/pancreas and help to balance and warm the kidney yang. Choose grains such as oats, barley, organic brown rice or basmati rice (for better digestion, when cooking rice add more water, meat or vegetable broth than the directions call for, by 1/4 to 1/2 cup, and cook it for a longer period). Choose vegetables (steamed) such as carrots, squash, kale and green beans. For animal protein, use chicken, wild salmon, liver, lamb or rabbit.
Natural Treatments for Feline Renal Failure
NOTE: When the cat no longer drinks or urinates, the situation is critical because the kidneys have shut down and toxins are building up, poisoning the body. A cat in acute renal failure MUST be under the care of a veterinarian.
Fluid TherapyGeneral support for cats in kidney failure includes proper food, supplements, and regular administration of fluid therapy. Fluid therapy in this situation is not related to dehydration of the cat; rather it is a way to maintain good blood circulation so the body tissues are well nourished. It also helps to remove body toxins by increasing blood flow to the kidneys and by increasing the excreted urine. It does not matter that your cat is 'not' dehydrated. The fluid therapy is essential. Your success in treatment depends to a great degree upon utilization of this therapy. There are some guidelines for home use and some veterinarians may express discomfort with home administration of fluids and teaching this aspect of home care.
The fluids are designed to be given intravenously (by direct injection into the veins), but veterinarians commonly use them subcutaneously (injected under the skin). This is really easy to do, and it works best if the pet owner learns how to do it, so it can be done regularly at home. This saves frequent trips to the veterinary clinic which can become too stressful. Your veterinarian will need to show you how to give the fluids. It is not difficult, but it does take a little practice. It will be one of the most valuable things you will learn and it is too valuable to ignore. If your vet will not assist you, then ask him/her for a referral to someone who will help. You will also need to get the fluids through your veterinarian (some pharmacies stock fluids and are less expensive, but you will need a prescription).
Most often fluids are given daily or every other day, although the frequency may vary from once a week to twice a day depending on the cats condition.
The volume of fluids to be given is approximately 100 milliliters (100cc) per cat. This is usually adequate (some veterinarians recommend more, but I rarely find more to be helpful). I have a better response by adjusting frequency rather than volume to regulate the dosage.
It is crucial that the fluids be warmed prior to administration. Cats in kidney failure are almost always cold and cool fluids will sap their body heat and vital force even further, even if the fluids are at room temperature. Additionally, cats dislike the cold fluids and will associate the procedure with discomfort! Unfortunately, many veterinarians do not warm the fluids first. If you take your cat in for subcutaneous fluid therapy, insist that the bag of fluids be placed into warm water for about ten to fifteen minutes prior to use. Additionally, the tubing that carries the fluid to the needle can be put in a bowl of warm water, as the fluids may cool off during transit through an unheated tube.
Usually, fluids are administered daily (occasionally twice daily) until the cat improves, then taper the frequency to the amount needed to maintain good energy and appetite. In early stages this may be once a week; as the disease worsens it may be needed once or twice a day. Most cats learn to tolerate the fluid therapy very well. Warm fluids feel good to a cold cat, and a tasty treat afterward helps make the association even more enticing. Many cat owners observe that their feline companions seem to learn that they feel so much better after the fluids are given that they actually want to cooperate.