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Ladies and gentlemen, great to have you here!
Welcome to Module 4, Lesson 1. Now we’re going to get into the real meat of probably why you’re here.
And that is how we incorporate and give you an overview of TCVM, which stands for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
How do we incorporate TCVM diagnosis and how to feed your cat with renal failure?
Many of these concepts will be difficult to grasp and comprehend in this short video course.
It’s taken me years to comprehend these but think about them and know that most cats fall into one category.
But, I’m going to review all four of them here.
And so, when you have a cat with renal failure, that’s a western diagnosis. But, cats with renal failure have four potential Eastern diagnoses.
And you got to understand that renal failure, like I said, as a Western diagnosis and the staging and all those things go into the Western treatment.
But TCVM employs a totally different diagnostic protocol.
There are four different diagnoses when you have a cat with renal failure from an eastern perspective.
And those are Kidney Yang Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Chi and Yin Deficiency, and Blood Deficiency.
I know you’re probably unfamiliar with a lot of those words.
Here’s a brief terminology tutorial.
The Yang Deficiency is a deficiency of that one component in the body, the same as the Yin Deficiency is.
The thing you need to be aware of is, the Yang component is the equal and opposite of the Yin component.
The Chi component is the energy component. It’s the component that makes you alive.
It makes you living, so to speak.
And, like I said, the Yin Deficiency coupled, with the Chi Deficiency, is just describing two different manifestations coupled into one disease presentation.
The fourth is Blood Deficiency. Blood Deficiency is a deficiency of the Blood component.
Now I’m going to show you some of the signs and symptoms of each so that we can discern what possible TCVM diagnosis can be generated.
The take-home message is that most cats, at least in the early stages of renal failure, fall into the Yin Deficiency category.
As they move on, typically they’ll fall into either the Chi-Yin Deficiency category or the Blood Deficiency category.
So, what I’m going to do now is go into each specific diagnosis and give you some of the signs and symptoms you would see in your cat.
I’m doing so because you feed according to the signs of deficiencies you see.
So, every cat, according to Eastern medicine, doesn’t get the same food.
In other words, we don’t take renal failure and feed the same diet from an Eastern standpoint like we do from a Western standpoint.
I know that may sound confusing, but just stay with me and I’ll make sure you grasp the concepts.
Some examples of Yang Deficiency signs are cold extremities seeking warm areas, lethargy, back pain, and all the time maybe dribbling urine.
These animals typically have Yang Deficiency signs.
The take-home message here is that these cats are cold, cold, cold, and they’re lethargic and weak. The main signs are cold, lethargy, and weakness.
Here are the foods recommended according to Eastern medicine for a Kidney Yang deficient cat: lamb, chicken, gizzards, rice, beef, oats, sweet potatoes, corn sweet corn, cinnamon, basil, and you can see the list goes on.
Basically, the way you need to think about this is that if your kitty cat has the Yang Deficiency signs, then you feed foods that support the Yang component because it’s depleted, it’s gone.
And so ideally, to rebalance it, to support it, you would feed foods that support the Yang component.
The foods to avoid, and the reason why you avoid them, is because your cat eating them will actually make the condition worse.
Salt makes us retain water, so if you have a Yang Deficient cat, you don’t need salt.
The same can be said from the Western standpoint. Salt causes water retention as well, which leads to high blood pressure, and I discussed this earlier in the course, we want the salt to be on the low side.
Yin Deficiency signs. So, the second possible Eastern diagnoses for a cat in renal failure is a cat with a Kidney Yin Deficiency.
This is probably the most common Eastern diagnosis we see with cats who are suffering from renal failure, and these cats may be constipated.
They may walk around at night and become very active and vocal at night.
They may have a sensitivity to noise, they’re thirsty all the time and the reason why is because the Yin component is kind of like an air conditioner. It keeps the Yang component in check.
So, if there’s a deficiency in the air conditioning, what’s the result? We get hot and so a lot of these kitty cats will manifest heat (Yang) signs.
In other words, they want to sleep on the air conditioning vent. They avoid the sun. They don’t like getting on the covers.
They’re drinking a lot. These cats typically have heat signs, a dry red tongue, and again, like I said, it’s the most common Eastern diagnosis for cats suffering from kidney failure.
The recommended foods cats with the Yin Deficiency are eggs, duck, tofu, kidney beans, watermelon, apples, and barley.
And what’s so special about these foods? Well, these foods are energetically cooling.
The Yang foods on the other hand, which we mentioned earlier, are energetically warming and in a Yin Deficiency animal, you have excess heat.
You have too much heat, and so you balance that animal with cooling foods.
So, I bet you can guess which for foods you avoid. You avoid foods that are warming.
And the reason why is because you have a condition that causes excess heat and you don’t want to add more heat because it just makes the heat worse and more intense and deteriorates your kitty’s condition.
The three main Yin Deficiency foods to avoid include cinnamon, cloves, ginger.
There are others. There are many, and we have a list that you can look at our website.
But the key thing to know here is that when you look at your kitty cat if he/she shows signs of heat than you don’t want to feed foods that generate heat.
The next is a combination of Chi and Yin Deficiency signs. So, this is a combination of signs.
The Chi is the energy. It makes you alive. And Yin deficiency is the signs of heat.
So, a lot of these animals experience weakness because their Chi is low. They may also experience weight loss because their Chi is low.
And, they may have diarrhea, but they also have some heat signs.
Your cat may have a red tongue.
He/she may like to lounge, like I said earlier, over the air conditioner vent or on a cool floor, and the reason why is because these cats have a combination of signs that are not specific to just one deficiency. So, what do you do?
You feed foods that support the Chi component and the Yin component, and here’s a list of foods you can read them.
Again, we’ll have plenty of literature for you to look at and to consult so you can understand what kind of foods you need to feed.
And, you need to keep in mind that all cats aren’t going to eat sweet potatoes right, but just a little bit mixed in with the food may help just a little bit or maybe a little cinnamon might help.
So, the foods to avoid, as I mentioned earlier, what do they do?
These foods actually make the condition worse, so you want to avoid excess salt like we do an all kidney failure cats.
Also, dairy foods lead to an accumulation of damp in the body.
Avoid cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
You want to avoid those foods because those foods are warming, and you have a Yin Deficiency animal that already has too much heat.
Blood Deficiency. Most kitties with Blood Deficiency are actually in the advanced stages of kidney failure like Stage 4.
And the reason why is because when the kidneys begin to fail, the body produces a hormone called Erythropoietin.
A commercial product name is Epogen.
Erythropoietin helps the body produce red blood cells and put red blood cells into the circulation.
As cats progressively lose kidney function, the self-generation of Erythropoietin declines and therefore the red blood cell mass goes down, and when that happens, we get anemia.
And, anemia reflects in lots of times the gums.
And the gums, instead of being healthy pink, will look white.
The tongue may be pale. He may have dandruff in a very poor hair coat.
This is the typical manifestation of a Blood deficient cat.
So, if a cat has Blood Deficiency, what do we feed?
Well, we feed foods recommended to support the Blood component of the body according to Eastern medicine.
Foods supporting the Blood component include beef hearts, our deans, eggs, kidney beans, and carrots.
Now some sardines will come prepackaged with a lot of salt in them, and so you need to look at sardines. Read labels.
If you choose to feed sardines, you need to look at the label and make sure they don’t have excess salt. No salt added is ideal.